This past summer as we approached my son Soren's eleventh birthday, he naturally began making a Wish List of presents he hoped he might see on his special day. That's half the fun of a birthday, right, planning and dreaming and looking forward to the big day? Well one afternoon, feeling a little left out of the fun, his sister Maisey began moping around the house with nothing to do. She found me in the studio not wanting to hear every parent's nightmare--the dreaded, "I'm bored! There's nothing to do!"--all afternoon, I told her she should make her own wish list--with a twist. She should come up with 8-10 things for her list but only two of them could be material things (toys and books and such). She immediately ran back inside the house and I happily started back to work thinking that challenge should occupy her for a couple of hours. But about 15 minutes later, she returned with her list. So sweet and innocent and full of hope it made me cry and want to give her everything she asked for.
2. A good friendship
3. A little more respect
4. More privileges
5. That people would never be mean
6. That I would be super smart! (Oh, how I love that little exclamation point!)
7. That things bad would never happen
8. That Mom & Dad would tell me things when I ask! (This last one's a little jab at me for not telling her what we had planned for her brother's birthday. Maisey, like her dad, is notoriously bad at keeping anything exciting a secret for more than two minutes!)
For days I just couldn't get this list off my mind. It occured to me that most of these are things we would all wish for if God asked us make our own a little wish list for life in this beautiful but broken world. Love, friendship, kindness, peace. Who could ask for much more than that?
It is my hope that you find all of these in abundance in your homes and families this holiday season and into the new year. Merry Christmas and thank you all for taking the time out of your precious days to visit my little blog!