An Art Exhibit

Tonight Lucy was part of an art showing at our local community college.  Her art teacher, Mrs. Barbara went to great lengths to make sure this was a perfect evening for her students who have worked so hard all year.  Each student got to submit 2 or more pieces for display.

Lucy chose her Bunny...

And her Owl...

This is her wonderful, loving teacher Mrs. Barbara.  I haven't met many women in my life who are so genuinely caring and thoughtful as "Babu."  She has a heart the size of Texas for children.  And every child I know is crazy about her, too!  She is beautiful inside and out.

We had several friends come to see Lucy's art and it meant the world to her.  She was so proud of her creations.  Whenever someone would ask her to show them, she beamed so brightly and "ran" to show them. I sat back with tears in my eyes as I watched her soak up the attention.  And rightfully so.  Her hour of art a week is probably more work than most put in in a day.  Mrs. Amanda and Gracen came, Mrs. Leigh and Maddie were there since Maddie is also a student, and our Nanny extraordinaire Hogan also made an appearance.  Mrs. Cissy and her two precious ones came to cheer Lucy on, as did Nanny and Pops.  

Mrs. Cissy and Lucy
The night was wonderful and having our friends and family there made it even more perfect.  Lucy is going to have a lot of hurdles to cross in her life.  We are already starting to get a glimpse of how her life is going to be changed forever.  And let me tell you, some ways are not good.  I've spent a good bit of my evening trying not to punch a hole in the wall after watching her struggle at school today.  But if art is something she can do, and do well, to give her a sense of pride and accomplishment than so be it.  I just want her to be happy and fulfilled in life.  Her learning to adjust to her new life will go a lot smoother if I will be willing to change my attitude.  Her life is not going to be what I thought it would be.  I pray it will be better.  I pray it will far surpass anything I could have ever dreamed for her.  

I read this today and while I have been writing I couldn't get it off my mind.  I think it is amazing how God puts things into our daily lives that we don't even know we need. It's a quote from George McDonald, a Scottish minister and poet.  

"I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking."

And that's it.  It's not my job to try to fit Lucy into the mold I had dreamed for her.  But rather, my job is to help her become the lady that God set her apart to become.  It's a big, big job.  I just hope I don't fail miserably.

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