there is beauty to be found in the smallest moments {give love freely}

Yesterday, I walking David to his classroom in the morning, when a little boy with autism, about the same age as David, ran up to greet him.

“Good morning, David!”, he said with a huge smile on his face. David stopped, looked straight into the little boys eyes and smiled back. It was such a sweet moment, I felt my heart bursting in my chest.

Then the little boy bent down closer to David, covered his face with hands, and then quickly moved them apart, yelling, “peek-a-boo!”.

David’s grin got bigger and his eye contact never waivered.

This exchange went on for a few minutes, while I stood by and watched, mouth agape, heart bursting, tears in my eyes.

I was in awe of these little boys, whose bodies are affected by disabilites but whose hearts are whole. They give love freely. They understand each other in a way I can’t. They have a soul-ish connection because they’ve walked through life with bodies that won’t cooperate with them. And yet they still have friendship and joy and smiles to give.

I am so thankful I got to witness this moment. I’m thankful I get to learn from them– and to be reminded that having a disability doesn’t mean you don’t understand how to give love.  Perhaps it’s enabled them to love more deeply.

I’m thankful that there is beauty to be found in the smallest moments.

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Where can you give love today?


  1. Hi Lisa,

    I find your story inspiring and your jewelry just beautiful. I have your stack rings with my children’s names on them, and the starburst ring. Having a 19 yr old son Who has made some choices that have left me heartbroken on many occasions and fearful of his life at times, I bought the stack rings to remind me of my unconditional love for both of my children. My mother purchased the starburst ring for me to help get through the tough times. I have decided to purchase the stack rings with her childrens names on them as a gift for a good friend of mine who’s 18-year-old son died unexpectedly two years ago, in a very tragic way. Thank you for making beautiful and sentimental jewelry that reminds us to live and love unconditionally.

  2. This definitely made me cry to. I have a son with autism and I can totally appreciate those special little moments in life that give you such joy, feel you with awe, surprise and wonder. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lisa, so appreciate you sharing these VERY special moments you get to witness. We have a grandson with autism and we find such love and caring through his actions. We wish that everyone could get past the outward appearances and see the sweet soul of these special people. How wonderful that David gets to experience these everyday highlights that we take for granted. He is a very special boy and only God knew you were meant to be his amazing mother.

  4. Lisa, thank you so much for posting this. As a mom of a son with autism, there is no doubt how very lucky we are when we capture these small moments that simply melt our hearts. These small moments are almost angelic, and there is nothing more sweeter than the simplicity of these types of exchanges between two kindred spirits. I have re-read this post about ten times already, just picturing it in my head and feeling so great about my own small wins with my five year old. It’s stories like this that keep us all so very inspired to find more small moments like this! 🙂

  5. Wonderful. So glad you were able to witness this moment. It’s these little things that help remind us how wonderful life really is. have a lovely weekend and thank you for sharing.

  6. WOW!You have witnessed an act of GOD! Two angels that have shown us all LOVE in their lives. I am a special education teacher and I look for simple act like this :)! Today at school we had Rachel’s Challenge come to our school and they talked about showing people LOVE and Compassion!

  7. Hi Lisa, I knew you were special when I met you at Blissdom. I still love my yellow nut earrings! Thank you for sharing this special moment with us. It’s such a great reminder that love is really the key to everything and that so much beauty can be found in the smallest places and the simplest moments. I’m glad I finally made the jump from following you on Instagram to following your blog posts. God is good.

  8. Oh Lisa that just brought tears to my eyes!! I can only imagine how that warmed your heart. I know that when I see other children reaching out to connect with my Noah that I’m just filled with warmth and overjoyed.
    I bet David and Noah would have fun together.

  9. Lisa, my eyes are filled with tears…the way you described these little boys’ interaction touched my heart so. It does do a mama’s heart such good when they see their kids being accepted and loved on, but even more so I imagine, when their bodies are affected by disabilities but their hearts are whole, like you said. Absolutely beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing this special moment!!

  10. That was just beautifully said… and felt. Thank you for starting out my day by encouraging me to love and love fully. I check in with you everyday (after my quiet time) and I am blessed everyday.

  11. This definitely made me cry – I feel the same way when my son develops a new friend or becomes passionate about something because things are harder for him because of his “challenges”.

  12. One of the greatest gifts of sharing our lives with one who’s body “won’t co-operate” is the realisation that love is so much more than our bodies or our words.

    What a beautiful moment for you and for David and his friend. Thanks you so so much for sharing xx

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