Friday, April 17, 2009

A Mighty Joel

So, we ordered Joel's glasses today. We briefly considered the more stylish frames, from the (no joke) Fisher Price line, but decided against it when we saw Joel rip them off with great disdain. So, we're going with this, except in dark blue frames:

Joel, as always, was as happy as can be. As long as there were people to smile at, places to jump, and things to climb on, life was good. Getting glasses was just another opportunity to smile and say, with great seriousness and intensity, "Da, Da, Da, Da, Da!"

This whole experience (shoot, this whole WEEK) has been hard for me because I want to shield this boy, who I love fiercely and completely, from any pain or difficulty. I know that's not my job as a parent. It's my job to do what's best for him. I know this. But I still worry...

God challenges me to be more like this guy:

Smiling through struggles.
Sticking to it.
Celebrating success.

And seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.


Rich said...

He looks so happy, loving life! The dark blue frames will look great with beautiful big blue eyes! -Dawn

Anonymous said...

Awesome post & so true!

sd said...

Soooo cute! My daughter has been wearing glasses since she was 2... and she wears the patch a few hours each day... and she had the eye surgery when she was 4. Through it all, the only real trauma was my own. Just be sure to get a good warranty on his glasses. I think Sofia has been through at least 6 pairs in 4 years. Walmart is really good for that- they'll replace the frames or lenses as often as you need for a full year.

Coby Goesling said...

He looks absolutely adorable!!! Shayne's first response? "He DOES look like the kid from Jerry Maguire!" This is a great post!

Jen Matthews said...

Nothing can hide those bright blue eyes and that big, beautiful smile!!!