August 20, 2011


(for beautiful Jenna)

Twenty years with you
Mystery and beauty and artful laughter
Profound yet genuine, tender yet wilful
These are some things
That we love about you.

We prayed, desiring, for you
Rejoiced in the knowledge of you
Fell in love the day we met you –
Those big browns – so captivating, so focused...
Unashamedly, we melted.
And throughout the years as you
imagined, discovered, tested & learned -
You grew.

There were moments when time stopped.
And there are certain scenes -
Tender-moment scenes, close-call scenes,
 hilarity-scenes, serendipitous-scenes,
Forever etched
Upon a mother-heart and father-heart
And these, we treasure.

But there is a certain magic to now -
To these years of becoming.
Of self-discovery, of mastering relationships,
Of life lessons, hard and pulling.
There is an enthralling foreign film
"Now Playing" in front of us.
And your God rises up in you
And calls those around you to attention
To truth, to mystery, to beauty
To all that is Him
Crafted out uniquely in you.

Twenty years with you –
Treasure and collage and adventure
Soulful yet joyful, global yet homey
These are some things
That we love about you.

pjs 19/8/11


  1. Poignant....our 20 year old is at the Passion conference in Atlanta....I love the line in your poem "treasure and collage and adventure..soulful yet joyful, global yet homey..." Hannah fits those descriptions as well...

  2. I´m sure Hannah is LOVELY!! Sure hope we can get to know her all grown up sometime....I LOVE raising tck´s, don´t you??


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