** title comes from one of Kevin's sayings that often perplexed friends of the kids.... as he would say that a particular movie that he recently saw "wasn't a barnburner" meaning is wasn't great. We would question..... where does that saying come from? why is barnburning a good thing? to which we never knew the reason........... before now. :)
What a special day! Nevin had the opportunity to be a fireman. He was SO excited he couldn't stand himself !! We were invited to a "barn burning". In some ways it was actually kind of sad as we watched a piece of history go up in flames, but from Nevin's standpoint it was an incredibly exciting day. There was much anticipation as several local volunteer fire departments arrived.
Nevin and his dad walked around, excitedly checking out the "cool" equipment, while I admired the "history" and the beauty of the barn with my camera.
As I returned to the group, I found Nevin with the firemen, proclaiming himself the "chief" since he had been gifted the opportunity to wear the Chief's helmet. It always amazes me the intricacy of God's plan as he gifted the world with Down syndrome. It pulls grace from within each of us........ from the chief as he allowed Nevin to don his helmet. Then from that grace, we are blessed by the chance to view pure unabashed joy returned.
Next, the fire began. Within minutes the power and heat of the flames caused us to retreat to the field behind the barn.
Nevin belly laughed as the firemen decided that they would use the fire background for a group photo, but the heat caused them to flee before a "proper" group photo could be taken.
Nevin watched closely as the firefighters began their work of keeping the surrounding areas safe, hosing down the cement foundation around the barn and surrounding buildings.
again, a hand extended ..............
a gesture the giver could hardly anticipate the extent .................
to which boundless joy would be revealed................
(the above picture brings tears to my eyes)
And I dare anyone standing nearby.............. to not feel their heart smile as Nevin completed his duties and began whooping and squealing with all the pent-up energy.
Thank you Lord, for blessing our family with an extra chromosome. Thank you for giving us daily reminders (via Nevin's Down syndrome) of how to enjoy each moment of this life you've given us.