Love You Much

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Ah…sweet Shafer. What a bundle of love he is! After weeks of talking with others about his phrase “thank you much,” (see November’s blog) he has surprised us again with a new saying. When he first took my face in between his little hands and looked me square in the eyes and said “love you much,” I thought my heart was going to come out of my body. In that moment, I was deeply moved as my 2-year old expressed such gratitude to his mother.

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After all, we have been through a lot together, but how could he possibly know how to express his love in such a profound way?

God continues to speak through Shafer to provide the hope and healing we need to not only survive on this journey, but to thrive.
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The Lord is faithful to give us just what we need every day, regardless if it is financial assistance, extra prayer covering, a meal, card, text, email, phone call, visit, or a three-word phrase that is more soothing than anything can provide.
 
As we reflect on love this month, I want to challenge each faithful blog reader to go forth with Shafer’s “love you much” sentiment and share it with others.
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It’s as if you are saying I love you with a hundred exclamation points written in all caps. Think of that special someone you can share “love you much” with and see if it doesn’t deepen your relationship.
 
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I can honestly say that I love caring for Shafer. God knew I was capable of taking care of him long before I did. It’s simply amazing at how God lifts us to a level above what we think we can do. He provides the extra strength and encouragement to face tasks that we could not do alone.
 
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I want to express my love to each of you who continue to pray for Baby Shafer. He is such a delight! I just wish each of you could have seen him perform his first karaoke song “Celebration” on Saturday night at our church valentine banquet.
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He was hilarious as he grabbed the microphone and repeatedly said, “C’mon…C’mon…celebrate.” Kool & the Gang have nothing on Shafer when it comes to energy and confidence to perform this classic song! What a blessing to see him up and dancing and celebrating his first Valentine’s with his new kidney! Who would have ever known the “life” this vital organ could give to a little boy?
 
I want to spend the rest of my days in total praise for all God has done!

Happy Valentine’s Day with love,
Shafer’s Mommy