Monday, March 24, 2008

beautiful breathing

We celebrated Easter this year very intimately. Sissy came home from San Francisco Saturday night and we all got up for church the next morning, scrambling for showers, mirrors and blow dryers. The service was packed, as it is also one of our Pastor's last Sunday's before he retires. Mark arrived just in time and slipped in next to me on the pew. He took my breath away and I told him so. I'm not quite sure that he understands the full meaning of what I am feeling when I say that to him. I had Angela on my right and Mark on my left. Sissy kept getting misty during the song service and Mark shook his head 'yes' in affirmation to what Pastor was saying. I don't think I could have felt any more peaceful in that moment. There were adults sitting on each side of me, but the hands that I held felt familiar and smaller than usual, so I closed my eyes and took a long slow breath and it felt beautiful.
Later, we went to a near by restaurant and saw familiar faces from our city. Greeting one another with smiles and hugs gives us such a sense of community.
These were just a couple of the trees outside that were especially beautiful. And then the fun began...

I think that Angela is the only one who can talk her brother into taking a funny picture.
Yes, I am so proud sitting across the table from these two. Mark had a lot to say about college and how much he is enjoying it. He is still excited about the medical field and may even set himself up to be a nurse. Isn't it amazing how such a tragedy can give someone a clear sense of direction and purpose? Prior to his accident, he had no clue with what he wanted to do with his life. Pardon my gushing :)

And then the two of us. Still holding hands under the table and adoring looks now and then. It was a Beautiful Morning, a beautiful afternoon and we all left each other smiling. (I did let them know that I am ready for Easter egg hunts and baskets, as soon as they are ;) No hurry, I breathed easy, watching my little family create yet another good memory for our futures.


Blogger Jack K. said...


Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day. What can be better than what you experienced.

I have written elsewhere, that in everything there is a blessing. Your comments about Mark's career choice is an example of that idea.

The photos are beautiful. What a wonderful family you have. The Reiki energy is doing its job with you and yours. I suspect it will be helping Angela and her husband as well.

May the rest of the year, and beyond, be filled with peace, love, serenity, strength, and excellent health for you and yours.

8:17 AM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

That's really cool. I'm so glad that feeling doesn't end just because they grow up. My two boys still regularly take my breath away. I intend on that being true for the rest of my life.

Love you and your family.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

Oh, I felt like I was there with when Mark came in almost late. How beautifully you but it. And what a pleasant and fun day. I love that so many good things are happening as well as the sad ones.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Boho Girl said...

there's my peeps!

miss and love you guys.

so glad you were all blissed out on Easter...


4:40 PM  
Blogger Shaz said...

Happy Easter D my absence has been from you has been due to lack of time and the computer but in my heart and thoughts you are a daily blessing. Mark and Ange look wonderful I can feel the love from here I hope you feel mine xxx

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Cindie said...

What a beautiful family. It is such a blessing for those of us who witnessed the miracles in Mark's life to see how God is using him.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Easter Blessings to each one of
you....i can feel the love!!!
xoxo Darlene

11:57 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

What a beautiful day and celebration. Happy Easter season.

5:59 AM  
Blogger sweet expressions said...

I am so glad to read and hear that
you had such a relaxing Easter with
your family. it's nice when the
kids are around.

and that your day was filled with
beautiful breathing

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Jodi said...

Goosebump post! Thanks for sharing.

(I still get a little misty-eyed when I see Mark and how well he is doing...What an amazing thing that he was able to turn his accident into something positive for his future...praise God.)

8:42 AM  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

This was a wonderful post Dar... I am happy that you had your family and their love wrapped around you.

A beautiful day!
A beautiful family!


9:51 PM  
Blogger cherry girl said...

This is such a bright happy possible post, so many happy smiley faces!

9:33 AM  

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