a child’s laugh

(Trent with our godson, Isaiah)

there’s something about a child’s laugh which makes everything right with the world.

this past weekend we spent four autumn days in Ottawa and Quebec, relishing time with our nephew and his parents. Isaiah loves to ride on shoulders. when we were sauntering through trees which looked like sun-kissed oranges on toothpicks in Gatineau Park he rode on Trenton’s shoulders. I couldn’t stop smiling, for, when Trent would pause in mid-step then drop way way down near the ground providing a big ‘swoop’ for the little one-year-old, his childish chortle made the leaves fall and the birds sing.

i have to admit, it takes all of my imagination to get me up in the mornings. ever since, to borrow a phrase from The Shack, ‘the great sadness’ descended with our miscarriage, it’s been very hard to hope. but Isaiah makes it easy to believe. when he laughs, it opens up the floodgates of heaven and everything seems possible. for a moment.



  1. Teneale said,

    October 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I’m glad you got to spend the holiday with your family and nephew. We are all praying for you guys as you struggle through your great sadness. Hugs.

  2. barclee said,

    October 14, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I love the those moments.

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