I Know to Expect Penny To Be Human

light pink graphic with a picture of a little girl picking flowers in the background with blue text from post caption and a picture of the cover of A Good and Perfect GiftI look back on these words I wrote about Penny so many years ago in A Good and Perfect Gift, and I think, Yes. That’s it.

I was no longer willing to trust the experts who tried to tell me exactly how she would be slowed down, or to what degree. Instead, I was willing to wait and see. I didn’t have specific expectations for her athletic endeavors as a teenager or her college degree or her spouse. I simply expected that over and over again, I would be surprised, and delighted, by our daughter. (p. 197)

I don’t know what to expect, but I know to expect good things. Expect joy. Expect love. Expect wonder. 

I also know to expect struggle. And heartbreak. And anger. 

I expect Penny to be human, with all the pain and beauty and sorrow and delight of our humanity. 


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