Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Moments to remember

My boys all started school yesterday. After moving into the dorm and going on class trips last week, yesterday was the big day.

The boys quietly and calmly went about their business. I guess I'll always think of them as "the boys," even though they're young men now. No big production--just back to school. I wish I were the scrapbooking kind of mom, the kind of mom who would always take pictures to remember such special things as the first day of each school year. I'm afraid I'm not organized enough for that.

But I was happy this past week to be reminded of a special little fact. Turns out that the very first friend that my oldest son ever made in school, many years ago and in another city and state, has now become a friend again. That little boy we used to know now lives in the same dorm at Duke as my son.

My son was in third grade when he went off to school for the first time. That first day of school prompted me to take a photo:


Now, eleven years later, those boys' paths have crossed again. Isn't that cool?

So I'm reminded that, although I may not be a scrapbooking kind of mom, God is a storytelling kind of God. He is telling me the story of His goodness and kindness and everlasting faithfulness, the way He takes care of us and provides for all our needs. And He is gently urging me to remember that He always will.

I'm grateful to be back to school with a very patient Teacher.

--Gratefully Unwrapped with Emily at Chatting at the Sky

22 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

How amazing is that??! The fact that the boys (young men!) are from different states makes it an even better God story. :) I love back to school photos...the boys look so cute. :)

Denise said...

How sweet is that :-) and what a cute picture.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a sweet post. I am not organized either and don't scrapbook. I remember my kids going off to college.

Karen said...

Oh what a great read! Just a wonderful reminder God is @ work.
Have a great day!
IN HIM,
Karen

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I know what you mean. I use to scrapbook with some friends of mine. We would put our little ones to bed and then meet up in our PJ's. Spending hours laughing and scrapping. Now I blog those memories instead. I really need to turn my post into a book for them one day. Hope school goes well for all of you. Take care~

Dawn said...

"although I may not be a scrapbooking kind of mom, God is a storytelling kind of God. He is telling me the story of His goodness and kindness and everlasting faithfulness, the way He takes care of us and provides for all our needs. And He is gently urging me to remember that He always will."

this caught my heart and squeezed the tears right out onto my face. and not those pretty tears either... the big gloppy kind that make your heart just ache with love.

and... what a wonderful way to start the new school year... with a friend!

Traci said...

Such a small world! Great story.

Melissa Miller said...

How wonderful Richella! Congrats to your handsome sons. Such precious family photos too. :)

Holly said...

What a great story! So cool that they've been reunited.

Melissa said...

that's awesome. isn't our God amazing how He can twist and turn our paths in such neat ways? love that pic, btw. such darlin red heads!!

Terri at Finder's Keeper's said...

I love when I recognize the reminders! They are around us every day: in nature, in people, in posts like yours! Thank you for helping us simply remember.

Dayle said...

I do love happy endings, and God is the master of such. Love the pic of your son and his friend. Our children leave us so soon, don't they?

I like your style.

Southern Lady said...

How wonderful is it that the boys crossed paths again years later! I love the cute picture! Isn't it fun to look back on those? God does take care of all of the details of our stories, doesn't he? Carla

Julie said...

I love stories like that! So sweet...

Southern Gal said...

Love friend stories that span over the years. No contact and then, boom. That's such a cute picture. And I'm thankful for the very same patient teacher.

dawn said...

God is writing a story we can't always see...what a great reminder of this. how cool for your son!

Kathryn said...

Found you via "Chatting" and *love* this post. Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful Lord to care about our lives and orchestrate events such as this to bless us.

New Every Morning said...

What a neat story! Small world.
Best wishes for your family as you begin a new season of life.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I am constantly amazed at how God puts people in and out of lives. God had His hand in those boys being together again at Duke. How awesome! Loved the picture of the young boys. So handsome! Best of luck to your son and his friend, in college at Duke. Love & blessings from NC!

Paula said...

What a sweet picture! It's great that your son and his old friend have reconnected.

Kathy said...

Oh Have them get a picture of themselves now --how cool is that they have met again :-)

Laura said...

Today was my first visit, and I just found the picture of your two redheads. I love it!

I call my four "the boys" too. Guess I will, no matter how old they are!

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