Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Circle of Me

This morning I heard my youngest daughter Abbey calling for me. "Mama, come quick! You need to take Bailey's picture!" Bailey is the youngest of our three dachshunds and Abbey's best friend. They are pretty much inseparable. 

Before I could find my camera and get to where they were curled up in a chair in the den, the Kodak moment was lost. Squirmy worms Abbey and Bailey had changed position. 

Abbey excitedly described the scene I had missed. "I had my legs 'criss-cross applesauce' and Bailey was lying in the circle of me!!! She looked adorable." 

I loved her description: "The circle of me." It made me smile, and think. . .

What is the circle of Me? of April? Well it's lots of things, I realized. It's my life and how I came to where I am and who I am today. 

It's the circle of a very little girl lost in the midst of too much family drama and pain to comprehend, and feeling very much the cause of it all. 

And it's:
...the circle of a little girl forced to move away from her best friends more times than she could remember.

...the circle of a little girl who, like Abbey, found priceless solace in her own pet (a cat named Ashley). 

...the circle of a little girl who, at nineteen, thought she needed to marry the first guy she loved because no one else would want her

...the circle of a little girl who tried to please her parents long into her twenties, only to realize that true happiness only comes from trying to please the One who made her. 

...the circle of a little girl who, by listening to the enemy, chose sand over Rock, and yet and still became a testament of Mercy and Grace

...the circle of a little girl blessed by God enough to mother four beautiful children and be a Granna to one precious grandchild. 

...the circle of a little girl realizing the joy of finding her soulmate in her thirties. Praise the Lord!
It's my circle. 

It's the circle of Me, encompassed, embraced, and warmly fenced in by an even larger circle of God.

What does the circle of You look like? 

God is great—everything works together for good for his servant. I’ll tell the world how great and good you are,  I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day." Psalm 35: 27-28


  1. Oh, April, this one just holds my heart and makes me SO have feelings I don't understand. This is brilliantly written, so honest and heart-felt. I love it, I love YOU. Every part of your heart is precious to me, even the little microscopic warty part ;-).

  2. Beautifully written. I love this concept!

  3. Thank you for this beautifully transparent post.


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