Choosing Joy

May 8, 2016

“Mommy will be ok.  I’ll figure out how to live joyfully like Jenson.”

It’s a promise to my sweet boy that is always harder to keep on May 8 (the day he passed away).  And on Mother’s Day.  This year May 8 is Mother’s Day … a perfect collision of every dichotomy.  A day to celebrate.  A day to grieve.  A day to be thankful for moms.  A day moms mourn the loss of a precious child.  A day filled with immense beauty and depths of sorrow.

My daughter Sydney gave me a Mother’s Day gift this morning.  It’s a picture of two words.  Two words that are simple to say but hard to live out.  It was like God sent a lightning rod straight through to my grieving heart.

Choose joy. 

A reminder from my God.

A reminder from my girl.

A reminder from my boy.

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A reminder to anyone who has loved and lost this Mother’s Day to choose joy.

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