Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Love, Jack

I am crazy about the necklace Christine from No Way Out  made me:

Isn't it lovely?

It was hard to decide which handwriting sample to pick. I could have used this signature (see name tag):



Or, I could have used his extremely neat handwriting from his last day with us that said:

Jack Donaldson
September 8, 2011 

on the top of several pages in his 7th grade notebooks.

Or his sweet first grade handwriting, from a school that still teachers cursive:


Instead, I picked this messier sample of unknown origin because it cracked me up. I found it in a file folder.


I have no idea what grade he was in, but I assume he was supposed to write his parents a love note. Knowing Jack, he tried to make it his own by insisting it be only one sentence, while everyone else filled up the page. That's why I choose it.

It's so easy (for me) to get caught up in a desire for the apparent ease of conformity. It's harder to remember to love our kids for their unique qualities.

I hope Jack taught me a little bit about how to do that.




21 comments:

ella said...

Oh Anna. I love this so, so much. Thinking of your family extra hard this week. xoxo

julie gardner said...

This is simply wonderful.

Sharon M said...

Sending love and positive thoughts your way Anna.

Melissa said...

I LOVE it!! The perfect choice Anna!!

Andrea Mowery said...

This is so sweet. xoxoxo

Elaine Alguire said...

Wow, that necklace is just perfect!!

Gretchen Doughty said...

Love the love note. And your choice. Love it all.

Gretchen Doughty said...

Love the love note. And your choice. Love it all.

angela said...

This is fabulous. Sending extra thoughts your way this week. xo

NancyS said...

#sobeautiful

Anonymous said...

That's beautiful. I love it! Sending love this week. XO, NoVa Mom Jen

Anonymous said...

So glad you have this! Tim and you are and will continue to be all those adjectives to M & A...you may have to remind them you are at times though. :-) We're trying to pray you all through this week... believing Jack's verse is true... but it's even been hard over here. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 Hugs & prayers! Karen

all.things.fadra said...

Everything about this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

MaryS said...

The necklace is so precious with Jack's own handwriting. So glad you found the love letter and are savoring the sweet memories. Sending love and prayers for you always and a little extra this week.

Heidi Cave said...

I love this so much - his writing and the way you're remembering him. I love what you said about conformity and loving their unique qualities. How true! What a great reminder for me.
You and your family have been on my heart so much. My kids still talk about Jack - the boy who loved Lego.😊 Annie asked me about him a couple of days ago. He is remembered and cherished. All my love.

Cynthia said...

Marvy! Haven't heard that in so long, forgot about that word!

www.robinbotie.com said...

My daughter died over 5 years ago and I'm still finding things she wrote on small scraps of paper all over the house. Such a great idea to have jewelry made of them. I, too, would have a difficult time deciding which note, which tiny drawing, which signature.
Sending you best wishes and hugs during this sad month.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love it!

ellen said...

I love this. I just love it.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Adore this. My Riley tries to teach me this every day and I am slow to learn. Been thinking of you during this tender time of year. xo

Anonymous said...

I thought of you when it was the crapiversary, but was stupidly busy at work and didn't reach out to let you know that I was thinking of you and your family. Actually, I am always thinking of you and your family.

The note, the necklace, the new baby are all just delightful. Glad you are still choosing joy, Anna.

love,
jbhat