Calvin drew our family picture on the chalkboard a couple weeks ago based on our most recently family picture we just hung on the wall. (Apparently I have really big eyes and crazy hair!)
He did a really good job and when I saw what he drew I was simultaneously filled with both joy and sorrow. Joy, because he included a balloon, a balloon he knows represents the one member of our family who isn’t with us physically. Yet feel sorrowful, because he must draw pictures where his family isn’t whole.
Sorrow & joy fill my heart when I hear his five year old little voice introduce himself to others and upon their question if he has any brothers or sisters, he chooses to tell them that he “actually has two brothers but one is in heaven. He died.”
I’m thankful that he’s not afraid of the family the Lord’s given him and he’s embraced it. Many days I feel I have much to learn from that 5 year old.