YADA: To perceive, understand, acquire knowledge, know, discern, to be known, make oneself known, to be familiar, to distinguish between right & wrong.
YADAH: to acknowledge the nature & work of God - ie. praise, sing, give thanks, speak out, confess
Even though in many ways she wasn’t so different from other little girls her age, she was far from “normal” in some ways that made her so very special and it seems to me GOD gives people like her – and perhaps especially such young little ones as her - a knack for bringing out the best (patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness etc.) in some people.
GOD placed some very special people in my life who were far from normal and used few, if any, to teach and change me as much as they did and so I can only imagine the multitude of ways GOD likely used the brief 3 1/2 year life of such an adorable and fragile little person to impact ordinary people in extraordinary ways. I think it's pretty telling about what a special little girl she was, to consider that GOD's sovereign plans and purposes for her life were fulfilled in such a brief amount of time leading me to believe that from the moment she was conceived she got right to work doing exactly what she was created to do - and that she did it so effectively because of how fearfully and wonderfully and far from “normal” the LORD knit her together in her mother's womb.
As part of her church family and with that being my vantage point, I now count her life and the lives of those I watched faithfully (could choose so many other adjectives here but I think this one is best) love and tenderly care for her among the special few that have impacted my own life in ways that it seems GOD has graciously used to lead me a bit further on this journey toward “Far from Normal” too.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
Isaiah 11:6 NIV
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said:
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Fun to find this pic above and the article below in our local paper on Tuesday:
FITCHBURG -- The Monty Tech softball team took a big step forward in its pursuit of a playoff berth Monday, riding a 10-run first inning to a 15-1 five-inning, mercy-shortened victory over Colonial Athletic League rival Nashoba Tech.
The Bulldogs (6-5, 5-3) will continue their crucial stretch of four games in as many days Tuesday when they host Gardner High. Nashoba Tech falls to 4-8 (2-6).
"We knew going in that the competition was not as strong as it has been, or will be, and we had to jump on them early and get some runs, which we did," Monty Tech head coach Dave Reid said. "We stopped running after the first two batters, we were going to score only on hits. It worked out well."
Bulldog catcher Liz Raymond had the
SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE Monty Tech's Justine Landfried fires one in.
most potent offensive performance, with a 3-for-4, three-RBIs showing. No. 9 hitter Justine Landfried impressed, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and junior Kelsey Bosselait provided a spark off the bench, as she went 1 for 1 with two RBIs.
"(Raymond) has been hitting all year," Reid said. "Her goal is to hit well. Bosselait is a junior, but she's playing behind another junior, Taylor (Bacigalupo), who is our leading hitter on the team this year, so she's not getting her playing time. But she's a decent defensive player and swung the bat well when she got in there today."
Landfried, a sophomore hurler from Fitchburg, had a stellar showing in the circle, pitching a complete game, allowing one earned run on two hits, while striking out eight and walking one.
The talent gap between the Bulldogs and Nashoba Tech showed early. After a leadoff walk and single put runners on the corners to start the game, Monica Pucko lifted a floater to left field to put the first Bulldog run on the board. Raymond tallied her first of three hits next on an RBI single to left field, and then a walk loaded the bases.
Shelby Roussel, a freshman, made it a three-run advantage on an infield hit, then Emilee Flynn drove in a run on an error. The bottom of the order kept the streak going when Paige Girouard chipped a base hit to center field and Landfried plated two runs on a similar hit to center that made it 7-0.
In all, 10 batters stepped to the plate before the Vikings could even record an out. During that stretch, the Bulldogs recorded six hits. The out drought finally ended as leadoff hitter Brandi Richard came around for her second at-bat and skied a sacrifice fly to left field to plate the hosts' eighth run.
Following the seventh hit of the inning, the Vikings recorded the second out. Raymond then drilled a liner to left that was bobbled, leading to a run scored and two runners advancing into scoring position. Bacigalupo reached on an error at first base next, which capped off the inning at 10-0.
The Vikings avoided the shutout in the top half of the third, when Molly Eagan connected on a groundout, which cut the deficit to 10-1.
Monty Tech rebounded after a quiet second inning with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. After a handful of substitutions, Bosselait entered the game and came through with an RBI single. Flynn later connected on a groundout to extend the lead to 12-1.
The fourth inning put the Bulldogs in a position to end the game early. Landfried started with a double, then, following two walks, an error plated a run to reach the 12-run mercy threshold. Raymond kept momentum going with an RBI on an infield hit, before Bosselait capped off the scoring with a sacrifice groundout.
Landfried spoiled any hope of avoiding a mercy when she fanned the first two batters of the fourth inning and induced a harmless dribbler to first base to end the game.
Alexis' most recent (& likely her very last one ever :/ ) recital song. She enjoyed the privilege of playing/practicing it the other day on an old 1876 Chickering concert piano.
Alexis is getting married soon and I'm sure gonna miss my girl and her music - but ... her baby grand isn't going anywhere for a while longer and I know she won't ever wanna be too far from it for too long - and so she'll hafta come "home" every now and then so they can spend some quality time together : )
So-o Jeff & I are planning (tho' I use that term as loosely as possible) a li'l road trip after Alexis' & David's wedding ... to unplug from the internet and keep off the interstate - & just get in the car & go to not sure where - & to get there by taking backroads and not using the GPS (Truth be told part of me hopes we get lost! ;) - & to stay wherever we feel like staying along the way for as little or as long as we like - but to not eat/stay at any food/hotel chains and not visit any major tourist attractions. I envision plenty of sunrise/sunset walks & picnics in naturally (key word here) pretty places & dining at mom n pop shops/diners & perhaps a mix of some camping & lodging at a few locally owned inns &/or bed n breakfasts along the way. Making memories & friends are two favorite hobbies so ideally in the end we'll have added some treasures to both of those collections. All this assuming that all goes according all the plans we haven't made : )