Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Calilfornia Girl

 

     Vicki and I just returned home from visiting our California girl and her family. Remi is now one year old. This is a photo of her in her prison uniform. She has been walking for about a month. And as she walks about, she loves to carry things with her. She has the biggest blue eyes and an amazing smile adorning her cherubic face. She loves her Oma, and she loves to laugh at the antics of her Poppa Oakes. Needless to say I kept up my floor show for her all week long.

     She is one glee-full little girl…so very happy. She is unable to contain her joy. She can’t abide silence very long. She will interrupt it with a joy-shout…or a loud laugh…or just some of her eloquent gobbledygook. She has this great voice. I am predicting that she will be an alto. She will often be clapping her hands. And, at the sound of music, she immediately begins to bend her knees and bop up and down in time. Do you know Who taught her that? It had to be Father God. He built into her this wonderful capacity for joy…as well as several outlets for expressing it. And so she laughs…she claps…she bops! It comes naturally and is the result of God’s many gifts to her, including her mom and dad who love her more than life.

     We had six days with her. Would I sound greedy if I said it wasn’t enough? It just wasn’t. Still, we were very grateful to be with her and Kelly and Doug, Jr. in their brand new beautiful home. I could see the delight in the eyes of Remi’s mom and dad, and I was transported three decades into the past when I first held my firstborn. What a feeling! Matched only by the realization that what we feel for our own children, Father God feels for us. Can that really be true? Yes it is! Only, we should remember that He has a far greater capacity for loving than we do and that His great heart of love is absolutely untainted by the curse of fallenness.

     While we were in California, we conned Doug and Kelly into allowing us to take Remi on a road trip to the Sequoia National Park. We spent the night in a motel where Remi entertained us. We discovered that there was no way she was going to sleep while TV was on. So, we turned it off, and it was like we turned Remi off. She fell asleep in nothing flat.

     I was truly amazed to look upon those giant trees growing on the tops of the mountains…so huge…many of them, scarred by fire, reaching heavenward as though pointing to the God Who alone could create such masterpieces. I praised Him there for the wonders I was looking upon. But I have to say this…I saw nothing more amazing, more wonderful, or more indicative of the handiwork of God than our beautiful Remi girl.

      Somewhere in California, a one-year old girl walks about carrying things, among them, my heart. The joy she is and has reminds me that I too have a reason to smile, to laugh, to clap and dance, even when miles and responsibilities separate me from her. For I have a Father too Who is the source of every good gift I’ve ever known, including my precious Remi…and Sky-baby…and, did I tell you that I have two more grandchildren on the way?!!!

     I never knew it was possible for the human heart to hold such joy…I know I couldn’t do it without Father God. Isn’t it great to know we don’t have to? 

 

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4 thoughts on “Calilfornia Girl

  1. Remi is just too precious!! She sure looks like Doug Jr. 🙂
    I just wish we could have seen her in person, maybe next trip out 🙂
    We enjoyed the time (although much too short) that we spent with you and Vicki in Ca. We sure miss you two!! We thank our wonderful GOD for friends like you!
    We Love You! Mark and Laura
    I AGREE WITH YOU, LAURA…REMI IS PRECIOUS…THE DELIGHT OF HER POPPA’S HEART. I ALSO WISH SHE HAD BEEN UP TO MAKING THE TRIP TO PEPPERDINE, BUT…
    VICKI AND I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR PICKING US UP AT THE AIRPORT AND FOR TAXI-ING US AROUND. WE LOVED SPENDING TIME WITH YOU AND CATCHING UP A BIT. THE WORK YOU ARE DOING IS A GREAT WORK, BRINGING GREAT GLORY TO GOD AND SUCH NEEDED HELP TO THE HURTING. MAY HE CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU IN EVERY WAY THAT ENABLES YOU TO CONTINUE RISING TO THE CHALLENGES THAT STRIKE SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR LAND, SO OFTEN.
    WE DO LOVE YOU…KEEP YOU AND YOURS IN OUR HEARTS ALWAYS. PRAYERS RISE FOR YOU.

  2. What a precious little sweetie!!! Love the pink prison look! 😉 I smiled from the moment I opened the post until the last word. I can hear your pure joy in every word.

    What a blessing this little girl is to you and yours…and what a blessing you are to her. She will feel the pure, unwavering love from you and the rest of her family. It will become a part of her being. She will flourish knowing that she is the apple of your eye. By knowing your love, she will be able to know God’s love.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your California Girl….and a glimpse into her Poppa’s heart. I like what I see there 🙂

    THANK YOU, SHERRY, FOR WHAT YOU WROTE AND FOR THE WAY, I KNOW, THAT IT COMES FROM YOUR HEART. YOUR WORDS CONTAIN A BLESSING UPON MY GRANDDAUGHTER REMI…AND SO YOUR WORDS GO STRAIGHT TO MY HEART. AND I PRAY WITH ALL MY HEART THAT YOUR WORDS WILL COME TRUE FOR REMI. AND I AM PRAYING RIGHT NOW FOR YOU…FOR YOUR CHILDREN…FOR THE OPEN CHURCH…FOR YOUR DAILY JOB…AND FOR YOUR INFLUENCE AMONG ALL THOSE YOU MEET, WHEREVER YOU GO. MAY THE LONELY, THE FORSAKEN, THE LOST, THE HOPELESS DETECT THAT FAMILIAR AROMA WHICH YOU WEAR EVERYWHERE YOU GO…THE AROMA OF JESUS CHRIST…AND MAY THAT BE ENOUGH TO SPARK THEIR INTEREST…TO TO TURN THEIR HEARTS TOWARD HOME. GOD BLESS.

  3. Gail on said:

    Well I knew Doug was going to write this and I should prepare myself but I am crying again. We are so proud of Remi. I know the trip was too short for Doug & Vicki, but they won’t stay away too long I just know it.
    I (Aunt Gail) use to be-bop to the music with Doug’s daughter Jenny. Doug would sing songs on guitar and Jenny would just bounce and bounce to the music with the biggest Smile. She loved music, probably why she is so good at it today. We use to enjoy that so much seeing her enjoy music.
    I just want to say there is nothing as Precious as little children.

    I am so glad you had such a Wonderful (you and Vicki) with your children and your grandaugther Remi. How did you get Kelly and Doug to let her go away from them for a night. The must have know how much you needed to be with her for awhile. And the Great Love to let go and let you enjoy her amazing little personality.

    Well Doug you have mentioned a few times about your other little children being molded right now from God Above in their Mother’s stomach. Talk about a Great Mother’s Day (making a little child and God watching over that great miracle). Really not God watching over but God Making It Happen. Creation is still going on with Our God.

    I know it will be just a few months (about 5-6 months) for two more babes coming to us. Dad and Vicki are going to go crazy with where to be next with all their little children.

    God Bless all involved in these Blessings in Our Families. Especially Our God.

    Love you Doug & Vicki for Sharing your Experience with Our Remi.

    Want to be closer to her myself to get to know her some.

    Love Great Aunt Gail

    GAIL, THANKS FOR WHAT YOU WROTE HERE. GOD HAS CERTAINLY BLESSED OUR LIVES THROUGH THE CHILDREN, HASN’T HE? YOU HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE CHILDREN…NOT JUST OURS, BUT ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN. IN THIS YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF YOUR SAVIOR. I PRAY THAT GOD GIVES YOU CONTINUED STRENGTH AND HEALTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE TASKS OF YOUR DAILY LIFE…FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR MOM…AND FOR OUR BROTHERS…AND FOR ME AND MINE. I LOVE YOU, SIS.

  4. In the color of her eyes … the shape of her sweet face … the dimples on her face, fingers, and toes … the texture of her hair … the “tickle-spot” that will forever leave her helpless to Poppa O, even when she thinks she is too old to be tickled … we see the wondrous ways of God, who created her inmost being and knit her body for her life here. It is right for you (and me) to consider her wonderful and precious, for that is how God made her and sees her. It is always right to agree with God … but in this matter Remi makes it an obvious conclusion. I love how you love her, Doug, but even more … I love how she loves you now and will love you …

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