I love getting mail- and the past few days have included a few surprises in the mailbox. One of my dear friends from seminary days, Becky, sent us a precious outfit for Cord that he can wear this summer. She wanted to share the “southern outfit” with someone she knew would actually let her boy wear it- It is so cute and I am looking forward to seeing his chubby little legs coming out of it when the weather warms up. The second surprise came today from dear friends that we knew in Birmingham and in seminary days, the Edemas. She sent Cord a baby bib with his name on it and a book- not only did she celebrate Cord, she sent play dough, cookie cutters, and lollipops to the girls. What a wonderful surprise.
At church we just began a monthly bookstudy and we are considering Andi Ashworth’s book Real Love for Real Life. It is an encouraging look at the art and work of caregiving. One of my favorite quotes from her work is that caring is “love in the midst of extraordinary dailiness.” She also reminds us that “God is a caring God. We care because we are made in his image.” I am looking forward to next month already and now I have two more great examples of someone in our lives who has cared for us and ministered to us. thanks becky and abby!