Friday, April 21, 2006
Who are these people?
There is this group of people that my family has the privilege to get to know, each of them have come into our lives through the years one by one, surprising us with their unique personalities and quirks. Sahara, the first one to come along I think came first on purpose because she knew she had to be the oldest in order to be the boss. She surprises me with sudden deep conversations like the time she explained that people who don't know Jesus will go to Hell and people who do will go to Heaven; and we don't want to go to Hell....very informative. One day this will be old news but she is missing a tooth and will leave Kindergarden proudly singing the motto of many five and six year olds, 'All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth'. Welsey came next...what a character! I remember a time when he was just a little baby and he was chubby...if only we knew that was the most fat we would ever see on the little guy! Wesley is multi-talented, he can sing anything he hears on tv, he can imitate any animal, he doesn't care what is going on so long as you don't get in between him and the tv screen. He is focused on what he is doing, he has energy enough for all of us, and well he's Wesley you have to meet him to understand. And next came Bria, she surprised us all with her red hair and spunk to go with it. She's the one who will do just about anything for some candy (or a grape tomato) and will not speak if she doesn't feel like it. All my life people have told me that I can give some nasty looks and that my emotions show on my face, this chic has topped all my face expressions hands down! Isaiah came next, what a ham! Always trying to act bigger to keep up with the older kids is hard but he is a tough one. He has sweet moments and many more entertaining ones! He is famous now in India, we should make shirts that say, 'I'm related to Isaiah DeLaughter!' Maybe people will want our pictures too! After Isaiah came Tirza, she is our newest so we are just getting to know her. She is a monkey, she seems to hold her own with a good temper but a winning smile and she has her priorities set. How many babies do you know that have figured out that there is only one time in their life that it's healthy to be fat? Well, she is definately taking advatage of this time in her life and I'm cheering her on!
Five kids, and that's just the one's I'm related to. There are many more kiddos in my life that I adore and each time I am with them I wonder, who are these people? What will they become? Will they grow up to make a difference in their worlds? Will their hearts be hard to the gospel? I pray they will all grow to know their savior, to bring their Creator joy by joining His family and bring Him glory by living lives pleasing to Him. I keep getting to know all these kids as days go by, as they grow older and eventually will probably be too cool to talk to me but I will keep praying and keep wondering, 'who are these people!' All the while hoping that they figure out who they are in these difficult years of growing up, and know that whoever they are isn't a mistake but an opportunity to shake their world. And eventually we will all be saying, I knew them when...