Michelle2

November 04, 2014  •  1 Comment

Today’s story, scribbled and shot before the snow was on the ground, embraces so much of what I love about this series. This woman is gorgeous: tired and centered and generous and scattered and beautifully normal in a profound kind of way. She responded to the questions in the midst of playground antics and toddler requests, while the evening light played highlights on her hair and gave a parallel picture to her soul.

Meet Michelle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve probably seen her. If not, you’ll meet her someday. At least you should. Michelle has shadows under her eyes and Light in her smile.

She’s Mama to six, wife to one, and friend to many. She answered the first question {What beauty do you see in your life?} as I expected but with more. “My family! They are my purpose. They are the reason I live. My purpose is to love and to serve and to be available to God in reaching other people.

The second question {How do you think others see you?} was answered strongly, “As Super Mom! And I entirely disagree! Well…or absolutely exhausted. People see me as one of two extremes. But I’m not super mom! I’m no better and I always say so! I have six so it’s different but…I’m just a mom trying to love my kids.”

The third question {What is your role in your story} was answered as a description. “I’m at service to my family. But no, it’s not  that I’m a servant, I’m not a slave, I was not forced into this, I chose it. My role is to live as an act of service to my family. It is all I can do right now. It’s everything.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sons wrestled with her daughters and the autumn light gifted us with an unexpectedly mild evening. The kids stopped by for grapes and popcorn, paused to eavesdrop, and ran back into games of ‘Spy’. As we gathered my gear I asked the fourth question {What is your byline? What’s that one sentence summary on the Story of You?}. It took awhile, but Michelle finally answered with, “Michelle: Giving it all…with open hands. It’s a daily struggle, it’s a daily challenge, but it’s what I want.”

With that, we departed into our separated stories and continuing journeys. Home and lists and desires, paths and chapters. Where will your story find you as autumn calls to winter?  

 


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1.Margi(non-registered)
I love this, and I love Michelle! You captured her perfectly, both in words and photos... great work!
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