Hopeful awakenings

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It is the weekend after Thanksgiving, and my home is full of grandchildren and their parents. Tonight as 7-year-old John was saying goodnight, I asked if he might please try to sleep a little longer tomorrow morning. He is our earliest riser, and I always feel he’d do better with a bit more sleep.

He looked up at me with big eyes, then said in his little piping, hesitating voice, “Nana, do you want to know why I always get up so early?”

I took his hands and brought my face down next to his. “Yes, I want to know.”

“It’s because I just know it’s going to be an awesome, amazing, perfect, wonderful day, and I don’t want to miss ANY of it.”

I hugged this darling child and thought what a gift he gives me, and what responsibility to hold this hope.

I want to look at each day with this eager anticipation, and joyful expectation. I want to live so I don’t miss anything.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


The Author

Imperfect follower of Jesus, wife to the greatest guy in the world, Mom to five wonderful grown children, and happy Nana to their ten littles. Having grown up in the Deep South, I retain a love for all things Southern. I became an amateur cultural anthropologist during a significant time living in SE Asia and still get to travel the world on mission and for fun with my sweetheart. I love asking questions, cooking for my family, helping women breastfeed, walking in the woods, eating biscuits, and having deep conversations about things that matter. On my wishlist are reading more, playing the piano, painting watercolor scenes, figuring out my awesome camera, and writing to soothe my soul.


  1. linda moessner says

    Beautiful Holly! I love your words of love and encouragement to your precious grandchildren, children, grandchildren and old friends…those who knew you early on…. hugs and happy thanksgiving to you and steve……

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  2. D. WENZLER says

    It’s good to be around children – they cause us to see the world through different eyes.
    Hopeful, grateful, excited just to be alive. Thank you for that lovely story…Deborah et al


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