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Guest Post by Stephanie Friant
You know, the one who starts poking the boy next to him during the end-of-year school show.
The one who has six different projects going on at the same time – then corrects me that it is only three.
The one who pulled the fire alarm at church because he wanted to know what it does. (Special thanks to Fireman Luke who then handed out stickers.)
And the classic, after dumping all his books on the floor trying to find one particular story, his response to why he hadn’t picked them up was: “I told [my little sister] to do it.”
He keeps me running. I have spent so many days trying to get one step-ahead of him, but rarely ever get there.
I hope and pray that I can love him enough that the world will continue to be an adventure, a safe place. Yet, I also know that at some point, I will be running miles behind him.
He has been, is, and will always be a gift.
He has stretched my mind and heart and spirit in ways I never thought possible.
This being of joy, love and unpredictability has transformed my world, allowing me to embrace the beauty of the unknown.
He is part of me and completely separate. He is a mirror highlighting all my shadows, yet loving me regardless.
He will always be a bit of a mystery to me, yet in my own way, I get him. I understand him as only a mother can – a being who miraculously made room for himself inside my own body, and now continuing to make room for himself in the world. He is of my flesh, and will always be of my heart.
Stephanie Friant is a wife, mom, and friend with a calling for professional ministry. She loves learning, writing, being outdoors, and helping others on their spiritual journeys. Stephanie lives with her family in the Twin Cities and retreating to the cottage in Northern Michigan.