April 18, 2011

It WAS a Barn Burner

** 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.


And then................

again, a hand extended ..............

a gesture the giver could hardly anticipate the extent .................

to which boundless joy would be revealed................



"Standing Together"
(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.




video


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.

13 comments:

Cynthia said...

What an AWESOME day! Words aren't enough... Nevin was right, "whooping and squealing" would be best!

Mel said...

Beautiful!!!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Tears of joy are running down my face....

Amy Flege said...

goosebumps here!

Jay said...

What Fun Nevin! Glad you got to have the experience!!!!!

Roberta said...

Dearest Goddaughter, yes I have tears in my eyes also. Nevin is just such an example of God's love for all of us. And you and your family make me so proud to say I love you dearest Goddaughter.

Erin said...

So very very cool! Love the pictures..big smiles here...thank you for sharing! =)

Amy said...

What an amazing opportunity!

So blessed to know that joy...

Janet said...

Thank you Laurie for sharing this. Nevin is amazing!!

Leslie said...

Oh, I love this!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!

Hugs,
Leslie

Michelle said...

I've been reading your blog. I know you are Amy's friend, and I can see why she loves your family so much. There is so much love. God bless you all. I have added you to my blog reading list so I don't miss any blessings.
Hugs,
Michelle

kd2 said...

What you know is.....undoubtedly those firemen saw their jobs differently after seeing it through Nevin's eyes. You know...when someone clearly sees you as a hero--without reservation, without pretense--it has the power to awe and inspire more greatness. Way cool!

Marilinne Staub said...

Welp, there went my eye make-up. I knew I should not read this at work. I love your writings. Nevin's smiles and adventures make me smile a give me strength to try anything. Thank you for sharing him and your family with us.