“Mom, can I have that window? The one you were saving for Laney?” It was as simple request. At least it was in retrospect. You see, I had a few old windows from my husband’s childhood home that I was saving for my girls. Alyssa had talked me out of a couple as gifts for her friends when they got married. But I was down to my last two, and I was saving them. One for Alyssa when she got married. And one for Laney.
Alyssa called me and told me that she needed that last frame. I don’t think she knew what she was asking me. It was like asking for this piece of my heart. And I wasn’t ready to give that dusty frame up quite yet. She told me to trust her and I was too exhausted to put up much of a fight. My friend made some vinyl for it, and I put the wire on the back to hang it. Then I sent it on it’s way. I think it was a good thing I was too tired to think too much, or else I couldn’t have done it. I couldn’t have given up the last window.
I probably would have taken it with me anywhere. But it was just a window, you say. Oh, it was much more than that. It was literally another piece of Laney that was slipping through my fingers that I was unable to stop. And it’s okay. Now.
Because what Alyssa did with that window truly shocked me. She gave it away to someone I didn’t even know. For a gift that I couldn’t have dreamed up. You see, on Christmas morning, the very last gift sat under the tree. It was by far the biggest box there. Everyone sat in anticipation as Wade handed me this box. They were all looking at me with these sad, expectant eyes. I knew then that they had been scheming. And it was incredible what Alyssa had come up with.
I pulled out a picture that was painted just for me. It is of Christ and my Lane. The artist, Madi, got the picture so incredibly right. Not only does the painting look exactly like Laney, but it shows pure joy and happiness. In one word: she RADIATED happiness. I took one look at it and before I knew it, tears were rolling down my face. I barely noticed. I couldn’t take my eyes off of my happy daughter. I decided to share it on here so you can see it.
Words just don’t do it justice. But I will forever be grateful for being willing to give a piece of my heart and getting a bit of it back. What do you think?
* On a side note- I will be changing my blog in the next few days. It will now be MyEverydayCourage.Blogspot.Com. Make sure to visit me there.