Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And Summer begins...

Today was the official end to the school year for me, and as I look toward tomorrow it seems wide open, full of possibilities! Max and I have no real plans set in stone...just spending time together soaking up the sun. There are alot of fun things I want to do with Max this summer - more details about all those things as the summer unfolds. I'm really excited - and I am not gonna take a minute of it for granted:)

Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend and we spent some time at the "Boat Club." We had so much fun roasting hot dogs, taking boat rides, fishing, riding rhinos, and making smores as the sun went down. All this leads me to this picture of my little man on the boat with his life jacket on:

As soon as I took this picture I started going thru this whole "symbolism" in my mind. In alot of ways, Max has acted as a life jacket in my life. Ok - I know it sounds crazy, but stick with me. My life reminds me of a boat ride in alot of ways...most of the time speeding along on calm water, almost taking my breath away as I look around at the beauty and breath in the sweet summer air. Sometimes there are waves, choppy water that slows you down a little. No big deal, just life throwing me some curve balls. But sometimes the boat sinks...which happened about a year ago for me. When you realize you can no longer stay afloat...water starts flooding in, problems grow huge and the water pulls you down. I couldn't breath, couldn't swim, felt helpless.

Max became a life jacket for me. He was the one that encouraged me to keep doggy-paddling, he lifted me up so that my face was above water. I knew that as long as I was his mother - I wasn't going to drown, I couldn't. He kept filling my soul with joy which allowed me to stay afloat. This little guy...this sweet, sweet boy was my life saver in many ways.

Don't get me wrong, the Lord has been my strength and my rock - but I know that he sent me an angel to help me thru it all. He sent me my son.

Here are a few more pictures I took over Memorial Day weekend that I just have to show you:


This is the life:)

Be looking for another post in the next couple of days about a CUTE necklace I ordered and want to share with you!! Have a great Thursday and Friday everyone!!


8 comments:

Brittany Janae said...

Abbie- it makes problems and hurt easier to deal with when you know you're not the only one struggling somtimes... I always look forward to reading your posts :) Love ya!!

Truelove at Last said...

Abbie,
Just when I think your blog posts can't get any better, you out-do yourself. This post brought tears to my eyes... Your writing is a true art, and I'm sure when Max gets older that he will cherish the way you've expressed your feelings about him and being his mother.... Stay strong!

Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing that blog. I think everyone has a special little life jacket just like you do. You just helped us think about it a little bit more. It means a lot, thanks Abbie

Alyssa said...

Yes, that is the life! I loved seeing you so happy this weekend. It was great to get away for just a weekend and realize the beauty, family, & friends God gave us! =]

Shannon said...

Good stuff Abbie:)

Enjoy your summer fun!

Desiree' Knepp said...

That was such a neat blog! Have a great summer!!

Chelsa said...

great post-- as always! :)

Tera said...

Wonderful pictures! Max has a great mommy!