There's just something about being a cousin...a connection.
Even if you're not together often, you pick up right where you left off.
Your hearts share a language.
No one has to tell you that you're family or teach you how to be a cousin...it just comes naturally.
Sure, you fight over toys or who will hold the caterpillar, but at the end of the day, none of that matters...
because you're cousins.
My sweet Jonah,
You may never fully understand why Mommy holds this picture of you and your cousin Cassidy so dearly. While I hope there are many, many more moments captured between you two, today I'm thankful for this one. This picture is proof that God is at work in our midst. Right there in the middle of the splash pad on a hot summer day...Holy Ground. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3) for He alone is worthy of praise (Psalm 145). While I want to shield you from every kind of emotional pain, I know I can't. But know this...we have a Redeemer who heals. He is capable of bearing the weight of our burdens (Psalm 68:19)...even the the hurts we think we'll never be able to recover from. God is faithful! He sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6) and He restores things once broken by our sinful human hands (1 Peter 5:10). My sweet son, I hope these words are written on your heart and you understand them one day...but mostly, I hope you experience God working in your midst and the forgiveness flows like water from a fountain.