Thoughtful. And generous. You see, Wednesday I was supposed to blog Erica’s portrait session. I didn’t because Chad had this brilliant idea to surprise a special friend for his graduation from MDA camp. For those of you who voted, you’ll remember Isaac. Isaac has Muscular Dystrophy. He is almost 18 and fully confined to a wheelchair. For the two years we dated, Chad was Isaac’s personal attendant at MDA camp. It was a challenging week–emotionally, physically, and spiritually–but Chad came home totally hunbled by the faith and spirit of Isaac. Because, lets face it. It’s admirable to hear a teenage guy with MD say that he wouldn’t have it any other way. He loves the life he has. [Cue "I have to go get the tissue box now."]
My husband first mentioned this idea, driving to Wakefield, VA, and I was so excited he was going to go. I knew Isaac would love it and be totally surprised. Luckily, he chose to go on Wednesday which allowed me to go too! We pulled up and saw Isaac with his attendant and brother [who got to hang with Isaac for the week]. We ate dinner with them and watched Isaac graduate then headed back home. On the ride home, I was silently reflecting on what just happened. The gravity hit me and I was humbled by Chad and Isaac’s relationship. Chad’s ability to give his time and energy SO joyfully, and Isaac’s ability to trust and love Chad. They are not only an encouragement to each other, but to me.
As I sat in the passenger seat eating my Chocolate Dip from a roadside Tasty Treat, watching the sun sink, all I could do was allow God to fill my heart with the love he had shown me. By His sacrifice, and by his example in Chad and Isaac.