Update from the Artist
Tonight as I was tucking the kids into bed I learned a few more facts about the naming of our Allison's signature piece of art, and I can't stop smiling.
I asked her what made her call the painting, "Waves of Grace". She told me she couldn't think of a good name so she asked Blake what she should call it and he said, "I think "Waves of Grace" would be a good name."
I went to tuck Blake in and told him I didn't realize he had named Allie's painting she made for Ashley's story. "Where did you get the idea for that name?", I asked. He shrugged his shoulders and said, "The national anthem I think." "The national anthem?" "Yeah. When I looked at it I started singing "yonder waves of grace". The waves made me feel like singing that song."
"Oh... Well I love the name and the painting." I said as I tried not to break out laughing. He had sung the words "yonder waves of grace" to the tune of America the Beautiful and I realized he had mistaken the actual words "amber waves of grain" for his own rendition of the song.
The actual facts just make the name and the painting all the more precious to a mom's heart. I love those two kids, and I love the way they love their baby sister. Now when I look at it I not only feel the "waves of God's grace" that have washed over Ash's life, but now I also have a wave of laughter that comes across my heart.
I can't wait for Ash to read this page of her story some day. I hope the story makes her smile as much as it does me.