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  • Reaching For The Angels

    January 28, 2008

    Many many years ago, the church I attended held an annual silent auction that benefitted missions. The overseas missionaries sent home items from the country they were working in and put them up for auction to raise money. It was a splendid international bazaar of sorts with all kinds of unique and fabulous things offered. A good amount of intrigue and whispering and strategizing took place among the brethren at this auction in the name of furthering the kingdom of God.

    I bid on and won a mobile of straw angels from Africa. I ended up paying something like $60 for it, even though I probably could have gotten one at World Market for $10, which would be about $8 more than it was worth. Not to mention that no one else bid on it.

    I didn’t really know what to do with the mobile as my décor is not African or straw, but I liked it, so I took it home and put it in a box for the next six or seven years.

    When I was expecting Sean, I decided to do his room in Serengeti safari prints. As I was putting on the finishing touches, I remembered that I had this mobile and so before he was born, I dug it out and hung it from the light in his bedroom. When he was a little guy, I would put him up on my shoulders and let him reach up and fling the angels. It pleased him to send the angels spinning and flying and I’m sure it thrilled the angels as well.

    I haven’t thought much about the straw angels for a long time because these days Sean is too big to hoist up to my shoulders. But the angels, they are still there, where they have been for the past four and a half years, floating quietly above my head and out of sight, as angels do.

    The other night before bedtime, after we closed the last book, Sean and I sat in the rocking chair together and let what was left of the day drain away.  He tucked his head under my chin and curled up into me as best he could and we rocked back and forth, back and forth, without speaking a word.

    “Mom,” he said quietly, looking up at the mobile, “You know, if I stand on your shoulders I can reach the angels.”

    “Oh Sean,” I whispered. “You have no idea.”

    He has no idea that it is he who lifts me to the angels.


    1. chickadee says:


      January 28th, 2008 at 1:56 am

    2. mama speak says:

      I know very much what you mean.

      January 28th, 2008 at 2:58 am

    3. Nicki says:

      I love that you still rock him. My biggest is so big – but I need to rock him more. I’m going to do it tomorrow. Thanks for the sweet post.

      January 28th, 2008 at 3:34 am

    4. Heidi says:

      How is it that becoming a mother has given me a reservoir of tears to cry that I didn’t have before?

      January 28th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    5. Cheryl says:

      Once again, you’ve touched my heart with your beautiful words. You blessed me today…thank you.

      January 28th, 2008 at 7:16 am

    6. Beth_C says:

      So touching! Thanks for sharing your beautiful words!

      January 28th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    7. Brigitte says:

      Man, I can’t handle this touching stuff before 8:00 am, why didn’t you warn me!

      January 28th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    8. Dee/reddirtramblings says:

      That’s a good one. There’s a Christian parenting mag. called Momsense. I sent something to them once. I think you could expound on this, and they would love it. You’d have to change it some because you’ve already published it on your blog.

      January 28th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    9. Laura J. says:

      Do you just try to make me cry? 🙂

      January 28th, 2008 at 9:16 am

    10. Jeana says:

      Oh, my heart.

      January 28th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    11. CircusKelli says:

      I live for those moments.

      January 28th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    12. Missy says:

      So precious plus my baby’s name is Angel so anything with angels makes me cry!

      January 28th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    13. Max'sMomma says:

      Thank you! I needed this post (as another antique mommy of a 9-month-old, your site helps me immensely!)

      January 28th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    14. Linda says:

      I just love the parts you share of your relationship with Sean, so sweet. You are such a wonderful Mommy.

      January 28th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    15. Susan says:

      So true.

      January 28th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    16. Renna says:

      You have such a gift with words. One post, you’ll have me laughing ’til I nearly pee my pants, and the next one will have me in tears. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

      January 28th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    17. Jean Stockdale says:

      What a beautiful post. God bless you as you train up a child in the way he should go! Blessings.

      January 28th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    18. Beth B. says:

      Beautifully written; amen. Thank you for sharing.

      Beth B. (mommy to a tired little 4 1/2 year old)

      January 28th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    19. happy Mommy says:

      Yes you are very Blessed.
      Happy Mommy

      January 28th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    20. Mama Bear says:

      Thank you for such an awesome message!!!

      January 28th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    21. Beck says:

      Oh, this was a lovely, lovely post. You’re such an enchanting writer!

      January 28th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    22. nan says:

      They do lift us up. What a lovely way of putting it! I used to sing “the wind beneath my wings” to my kids… And if you get a hammock, you will still be able to rock him when he is TEN!

      January 28th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    23. Pat says:

      This was wonderful. Words of blessing from a child.

      January 28th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    24. Sandra says:

      Little boys….so precious! They are our angels.

      January 28th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    25. Jen says:

      Wow. Lovely.

      January 28th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    26. Andrea says:

      *sigh* How heartwarming…

      January 28th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    27. Nancy says:

      Beautiful…love your perspective!

      January 28th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    28. Nett says:

      Stop it. Just stop it!!
      I have a full belly of spaghetti and one glass of wine. How dare you make me cry:)

      January 28th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    29. Fiddledeedee (It Coulda Been Worse) says:

      I’ve often whispered to my boy, as we settle into the rocking chair, that I will rock him forever. Or as long as he’ll let me. Which ever comes first.

      That was beautiful.

      January 28th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    30. Terri says:

      Oh I completly understand. my boys do the same 🙂

      January 28th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    31. Terri says:

      Completly understand.

      January 28th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    32. Katiebod says:

      lawddddddd have mercy, AM.

      “and let what was left of the day drain away….” I’m relaxed just having read that. Your writing never ceases to amaze me.

      January 28th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    33. Pixilated says:

      Just like Josh Groban sings, “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains. You lift me up to walk on stormy seas. I am strong when I am on Your shoulders. You raise me up — to more than I can be.” Sometimes, you think the most wonderful tings.

      January 28th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    34. Julie says:

      One of the reasons I enjoy reading your blog so much is that it reminds me of the sweetness of my little boy. He is 12 going on 13 and not quite as he was as a young child, shall we say. The moments you share with us about Sean help me remember the precious times I shared with my own son. Thank you.

      January 28th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    35. imagine community says:

      Thank you for that lovely post.

      January 29th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    36. Penelope Anne says:

      How sweet and precious a moment.
      Popped in to let you know there is now a variety of tags for your website that announce that you are a Magnificent Mama of the Universe, please pop in and get one.
      The Mama Bear

      January 29th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    37. Girlymom says:

      Oh this is so sweet, what a beautiful post and a precious moment in time! So True!

      January 29th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    38. Jodie says:

      This is a beautiful post.

      I’m a “regular” here. I visit often because I love it. I got tagged to do a meme on my blog and I tagged you. I’m new to the blogging world and don’t “know” that many other bloggers – so, I hope you’ll play along!

      January 29th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    39. Elizabeth says:

      Such a sweet post today! Thank you.

      January 29th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    40. mamatutwo says:

      What a sweet post. Such a tender moment. Little boys….

      January 29th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    41. Debbie says:

      So precious! I hope you print this out and stick in his baby book!

      January 29th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    42. Emily says:

      I am crying. So sweet.

      January 30th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    43. Miss Sniz says:

      I just popped over from DeeDee’s blog. I’m glad I did. Love your blog!

      January 30th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    44. feefifoto says:

      You, and your son, are so lucky.

      January 30th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

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