Waves of Grace
What are you looking at? Are you wondering why in the world I am sharing "this" with you? Let me explain.
Its a painting. The artist? My Allison. The name of her piece? "Waves of Grace". How beautiful. How appropriate. How precious.
This is not only representative of her talents or her passion, but it also represents her heart. Our beautiful Allison has begun to paint "masterpieces" in honor of her baby sister and the struggles she has overcome. Today she sold her very first painting, and she is so excited. My heart was blessed as she came to us and shared her vision for raising money to help her baby sister. She has carried a desire and a burden for Ashley's campaign for months. She has wanted to help do something for Ash, and this is her answer. I couldn't be prouder of this precious young lady who has designed a way to use the talents God gave her to give to her sister.
I sat and watched her paint this particular piece this morning and admired her from across the room. As she painted, and studied, and planned I thanked God for the passion He gave her. When she shared with me the name of her painting I looked at her and said, "How appropriate." "What does that mean?" she said. "It just means that when I look at that painting I can feel the waves of God's grace washing over me and it reminds of everything we have gone through." "Oh, I'm glad you like it."
I don't know how many she will actually sell or who outside of our family would even want to buy one, but none of that matters to me. What matters to me is to see the tenderness of her heart towards the baby sister she has spent her lifetime praying for. In my biggest of dreams I could have never imagined how wonderful a life God had in store for me. I have three amazing, beautiful, talented, precious children and I am so blessed to be their mom.
Our sweet Ashley Kate is a lucky little pickle to have been given this girl for her big sister.
Tonight I am hoping we all get a full night's rest. Ash is looking pretty sleepy to me and she has not been screaming(except for when I have to clean the infection site). I think she has worn herself out today. This has been her best day since the infection began, and I can't thank you enough for all of your prayers. It is my hope that you too have felt the "Waves of Grace" wash over you at some point in your lives as well. It is an amazing thing to KNOW that we have a Father who extends His grace and forgiveness to us. Good night and God bless you. Trish