Mimi~~

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This past week rocked my world.  A tiny child weighing 7.1lb swept my feet right out from under me.    I am changed by her arrival in many interesting ways.   I remember that overwhelming love that swept over me when I first looked into the eyes of my newborn sons.  I felt of mix of joy and also of pain; this new love was so huge that all my fears and anxieties of their safety, health, faith,and future crashed in on my “new mommy” heart.  Will I make mistakes?  Will I know how to love them well?   It was all so new.

This little angel caused some of that overwhelming love to come sweeping back through my heart! Such a big love!! But there was also a new emotion; watching my son becoming a daddy himself; seeing that overwhelming love Dave has for his little girl, causing him to literally feel sick at the very thought of not knowing how to best care for her.  Also watching him love his bride with such rich compassion; it has been astounding for me as a mother.

Another emotion that erupted in my heart was joy in watching my daughter in law ( and friend) make every effort to birth a healthy child~ she worked extremely hard.  I was reminded of my first days as a mommy as I watched Azlan love on her precious little girl, so attentive and kind;she is a very special mommy, I’m very proud of her.

They chose the name Mimi for me; a banner which I will proudly wear. I will honor my responsibility to this little life in every way I can.  And after kissing her sweet cheeks hundreds of times I will tickle her, snuggle her, sing to her, whisper loving thoughts to her, pray constantly for her, and love her parents.

Scout Jubilee Salciccioli, I adore you.

 

Turning 55~ WHAT?

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In early February I turn 55.  There, I said it!  It’s out in the open! I am not ashamed! 🙂

Ever since I turned 50, birthdays have affected me differently than when I was in my 30’s or 40’s.  I tend to reflect more, look at my choices in a new way, and think about the idea of “legacy” so much more!

I remember at age 18 bargaining with God; telling Him that I really wanted to anticipate His coming, BUT I did want to go to college, get married, and have children. Did you do that too?  All the key turning points of life were before me and I didn’t want to miss a thing!

At almost 55, God has graciously granted me that joy of experiencing all these sweet turning points.  The newest turning point at 55 will be precious.  I will be embarking on a new role: grandma, or Mimi, or Granny, or…………………..

However, at nearly 55,  I think about my impact, the “mark” I am leaving.   Have I honored the God I love? Represented the Salciccioli name well? Cared for the people in my “yard” well? and Mentored the younger generation as we are commanded to? I pray that I have.  At 55, I think about these things….

How about you?  What drives you to look at your life?  What causes you to look at your present choices assuring yourself that you are living a life that is rich and impacting?  Birthdays, the older I get, do this for me.

Heard this saying over the weekend; I believe it is true:

Andy Stanley –
“Every leader leaves a mark, what kind of mark are you going to leave?”

These are my “birthday” thoughts.  🙂