Monday, June 21, 2010


In the week after Lydia's death, Micah and I went and spent some time hiding away in Maine. We have some dear friends who have a cottage right on the water. We spent the days sleeping and reading. When we weren't sleeping or reading, we were walking the beach. As we took a walk the last night we were there, I started gathering rocks and shoving them into the pocket of my hoodie. Once my pocket was full, I started handing them to Micah. All told, I think I got five pretty large rocks.

Now, I'm not a crafty lady. I have my moments of inspiration but I don't really have the patience for intricate, time consuming projects. The plan I had for these rocks was very simple. I wanted to write on them things that were important to me, always to remember the meaning of these words in my life. And I wanted to write them on these rocks, gathered at the beach days after I buried my child because I knew then, as I diligently searched for the right rocks, that holding on to these things in the days to come would be important. In the clear moments of that week, I could see far enough down the road to know that I would need reminding.

So, a couple weeks ago, I finally finished my project.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

Though He slay me,
yet will I hope in Him.
Job 13:15

Love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices in the truth
1 Corinthians 13:6.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13


  1. I really really like this. And I don't know if this is just the art major in me, but I love the shape of the rocks. HOPE is square and would be a perfect foundation stone, on which many others could rest. FAITH is the most worn by weather, round and polished by time and pressure. LOVE looks like a cap stone, which would be at the top of the pile- the stone that would be elevated above all the rest.

    I don't know if you did that on purpose, but you can totally say you did and I'll believe you. :o)

  2. That's a beautiful project Jen! And I could not agree more with Megan on her thoughts about the stones shapes. Whether it was on purpose or not :)
    Love will always be lifted high, hope will always be your stepping stone, and faith will keep you on the right path. Thinking of you always..

  3. Despite your loss, you are a great testimony.