I Am a Legend.

I Am a Legend.

Bold, huh? To call oneself a Legend…

But as I sat down last night, looking at this image on my phone, the sentence hit me like a bold whisper. It was like a messenger from heaven had slipped me a note as he whisked on to his next stop for the day. It was a revelation that quickly took residence in my brain, serving as a reminder as to who I am in that amazing child’s eyes.

I am a Legend.

Someday, when I am gone, they will talk about me. They will reminisce about me…

Remember how we were always late – for EVERYTHING – and Mom would ask if anyone had seen her phone as soon as her butt hit the front seat? She’d lecture us about watching TV in the mornings, and then we’d pray in the car for the day to get better. Her hair was always wet. Remember how she’d twist it in that crazy side bun?  Gosh. We could never find a hairbrush! She always found the time to make breakfast. Well, until she started buying those frozen De Wafelbakkers Chocolate Chip Pancakes…

And that’s where we are now…

Always late… Hair wet and usually unbrushed… Praying for patience, favor, and grace at every turn and eating microwaved pancakes as we run out the door…

And on the eve of my 36th birthday, the Holy Spirit called me a Legend.

A Day of Loving Well…

I may never do anything great in the eyes of society. I may never leave a lasting impression on the human race. But for these four beautiful girls, right now, I am everything, and someday, I will be remembered for many things – hopefully for much more good than bad.

I am a Legend, building a Legacy, and every day that I wake up in that understanding, that is a day in which I will love well.

Life is not about ourselves. Life isn’t even about our reputations. What marks a life most deeply is how you are remembered. What good are riches and rewards if you lived without compassion? What good is confidence if you lived without mercy? What good is a beautiful wardrobe if no one talks about the beauty of your soul when you become a memory?

1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.(1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

Legends, Unfolding…

I think one of the greatest challenges I face in this stage of my life is the challenge of living in the now while simultaneously living for the future. And when I heard those words God breathed on my heart, I realized that my future is now. The way I live today, the way I love today, the smile I share today, the hugs I give today, the softness in my tone and the gentle patience in my gaze… that person I am right now will be the legacy. There is no need to fret and strive in order to become someone amazing or worth remembering. Being who you long to be right here in the present is the answer to that mystery. Making small choices all day long to love and live in the moment… that’s the secret to becoming a Legend. You are one already. You are a Legend, unfolding.

Happy Day, to You!

And so, as a part of my annual birthday tradition, I want to leave you with a gift today that has impacted my heart greatly. I recently had the opportunity to hug one of my own personal Legends, New York Time’s Best-Selling author and creator of The Hands Free Revolution, Rachel Macy Stafford. Her vulnerability and willingness to share her heart has helped shaped my own. I am confident that her words can inspire anyone, in any field, in any life stage, and of any gender. Her words speak to the heart of every human, and I am so blessed to have a beautiful, hardback, signed copy of her latest book, Only Love Today, for you.

And that’s not it! I will also be gifting this year’s Klover House Favorite Things Giveaway winner with a few more goodies. I am keeping them a surprise for now, but they’re good. I’ll give you a few clues… decor, bling, and some things for the soul. 🙂 You will love it!

An excerpt from Rachel’s amazing book:

(Photo Credit: The Hands Free Revolution Facebook Page)

So, in closing, I hope you are blessed today. I hope someone is kind to you. I pray that you feel loved today. I hope that you make someone smile and that someone makes you smile in return. I hope someone gives you a hug today. I hope you have time to dry your hair and that your kids don’t eat your chapstick. I hope the leaves are still beautiful where you are and that you enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea with good company. I wish a good day for you. That’s my birthday wish this year – a very good day for you, my fellow Legends. We’ll talk soon…

xo,

Kristi

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One thing that made me smile was Miriam’s crazy dancing last night, and she was walking around the house for a few minutes before bed singing, “Jesus calls me Princess.” I was really caught off guard, because she’s only two and a half, but it made my day.

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Comments

  1. Linda Heathington says

    I keep a sweet little 5 month old baby in my home 5 days a week. Her name is Sloan. Sometimes when she is dozing on my shoulder after a bottle. I sing Hush, Little Baby to her. When I say sing, I am using the term very loosely. I am surprised that my little dog doesn’t howl. Sweet Sloan will open her eyes, raise her head, and give me the biggest smile. It melts my heart every time. She smiles with her eyes as well as her mouth. I know that because if I sing while she has the bottle in her mouth, I see her big blue eyes change. I realize that she may be laughing at my awful voice, but it makes me smile just the same!

  2. Gayle says

    Happy Birthday!!!
    What made me smile this week was having my darling 9-month old grand-daughter here for a visit.
    But your post made me cry! Even though I am 60 now I often forget that it is the little things that matter in who we are and are becoming day to day. I feel sometimes like I have missed something along the way…..but I know that what I gave to my children as they were growing HAS made a difference and that His work isn’t done yet!
    We also had 4 girls and a heaven baby…and then a boy to round out our number!
    You are blessed with such a lovely family. May your day and coming year be full of abundance and joys!

  3. Robin Matthews says

    Reese laughing really hard made me smile this week. It’s not often he lets out loud , belly laughs but, he did the other night and it not only made me smile but, it made me laugh really hard too. And thanks for reminding me that I am a legend. ❤️

  4. Crystal says

    Happy Birthday! My husband made me smile this week. He’s usually very critical of the way the house is and obsessed with keeping the “yard” (we have 5 acres of grass) looking nice. The kids would ask him to play but they’d always be left just watching him from a window. Something changed this week. I have no idea what caused it, but I’m grateful. We’ve played outside as a family every afternoon this week. I’ve watched him run, climb, & simply play with our kids for the first time in years. There are toys on my floor, dishes in my sink, & the grass might need a mowing but nobody cares & I can’t help but smile.

  5. Joanna says

    Watching pictures of my young kids scrolling through a digital frame while visiting my in laws…reliving the memories

  6. Irma says

    Happy birthday!
    The Holy Spirit is right, you are a legend.
    The thing that made me smile this week….
    My son turned 17. It made me stop and reflect on the goodness of God in my life.

  7. Katie says

    My 3 year old dancing to the song in her head! She was twirling away and could obviously hear something I couldn’t 🙂

  8. Julie Trout says

    My daughter makes me smile… everyday. She is filled with joy and she warms the hearts of whoever knows her. Today she made me smile when she told me that our dogs ears are so soft and she just can’t get enough of them. The words of toddlers- always good for a laugh!

  9. Erin Allan Price says

    Happy Birthday to YOU!!! 🎀🎂🎉
    What a beautiful tribute to welcome your 36th year! I underestimate my value in this world so often, thank you for the lovely reminder! ☺️
    My smiley moment came last Saturday , Clare woke up and just like that; she turned 6!! I pulled off a fun surprise for her and we shared a very special little day, together!!
    Lots of smiles the whole day through! it’s a moment in time that I will always cherish and it’s my hope that Clare will too!! 💕

  10. Julie Bersano says

    I couldn’t pick just one thing…
    My Mom being able to come and stay with us for a visit after a year..for 4 days and 3 nights!
    Laying in bed listening to her and our DD17 laugh and chat just like they used to do 10yrs ago!
    Visiting our DS20 at his apartment while he was at work to drop off a pie for him..and seeing his guitar and song book set out for practice..he hasn’t played since he was probably 15!
    Seeing DH of 24 yrs be an example of complete faith and trust through a trial this week..but model confidence through it despite hardship!

  11. Wendy Snodgrass says

    My daughter (8 years old) walking into the room last night and asking for cuddle time. Of course I never say no and today I thought to myself I wonder how long that will last…followed quickly by no matter how long it lasts I will continue to always say yes and put aside what I’m doing to savor that time with her!

    I admire you and how you write so freely and so openly! Your words inspire me and speak to me. I do wish I could write like you do so please keep doing so! I very much enjoy it!

    Happy birthday!!!

  12. Danielle says

    One of Brad’s coworkers got baptized on Sunday, after accepting Christ about a month and a half ago. 🙌🏼🙌🏼

  13. says

    My determined 1st grader reading every waking second to come in first place at the read-a-thon for her class…. only to get a call from the school principal that she beat every 1st grader in the entire school!

  14. Crystal says

    Happy Birthday to you on your special day! May this be the best year yet for you. I enjoy reading your blog and your transparency💗. My smile moment came from my three year old this week. I was talking with my daughter about her gymnastics class, she was telling me about her friend Abbey and how good she was. My three year old walked in and with a confused look on his face exclaimed “Abbey does gymnastics???” Our dogs name is also Abbey😀.

  15. Rachael says

    This is a beautiful post. I’m in the trenches with you, only 4 sons instead of 4 daughters. 🙂
    I had to smile and laugh at my oldest son (7), who, while getting his photo taken by a friend of ours, kept suggesting poses and backdrops, and invariable ended up putting his chin on his fist with a huge, cheesy smile. So funny! It’s crazy how you smile and laugh and your heart almost breaks in two all at the same time. Thanks for these words. Happy autumn!

  16. Jenell says

    Your words are a beautiful reminder of who I am in the eyes of my children and that we are making memories every day whether we know it or not!
    I’m smiling at my sweet newborn (almost 3 weeks old) every day and relishing the moments of everything baby because I know how fast time flies…I’ve been getting the sweetest baby smiles the past few days and it just lights up my world!! ❤️❤️
    Happiest of birthdays to you!! I love the way you share your heart through tour words in this space here friend!

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