Essentially, those qualities all describe LOVE.
More than anything, I want my kids to love God and love people genuinely, from the heart.
I want them to have the kind of love that fills them up from the inside and spills out, painting the world with brilliant shades of peace and joy.
Sheldon Vanauken, author of A Severe Mercy (one of my favorite books!), wrote, "But love is the final reality; and anyone who does not understand this, be he a writer or sage, is a man flawed in wisdom.”
His words ring true to me.
* Photos taken in August 2009.