I know some people simply like the art of ink and may choose a design purely for aesthetics, but those of you who got inked to commemorate something, remind yourself of something or memorialize someone, you are my people.
They say tattoos are addictive, but I got my first one at 42 and have not been tempted to get another (almost 7 years later if you’re counting). I regret that as a tattoo virgin I did not know to look for a real artist and wound up going to a guy who used stencils. So mine doesn’t look great. And one day I would like to find an artist who can touch it up and make it look a little more inspired.
My Tattoo Story
In spite of the amateur art, I don’t regret getting the tat. I went with a group of moms who all have a child with the same rare genetic disorder as my daughter. I share so many things with these friends that no one else can truly understand. And I will never forget having our purple butterflies (the symbol for Dravet Syndrome) permanently applied to our wrists together.
I have another daughter, though, and didn’t want to honor one on my body and not the other. So I chose a rose (my girl’s middle name and the first flower my husband ever gave me) to symbolize her beautiful fragrance in my life. And then I decided to have a small cross put between the butterfly and rose. My children are so precious to me, but Jesus remains the most important and central person in my life.
The cross – the symbol of the horrible death my Savior endured to take away the sin separating me and the Lord Most High. It is because of Him that I am forgiven, saved and blessed. It is Jesus I seek to emulate in how I live my life and parent my girls. So His symbol sits between the symbols for my daughters. Because this is how we try to live. Jesus in the middle of it all.
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Lauren Sparks is a wife and mom of 2 daughters – one with special needs – and one bonus son. She lives, worships Jesus, and teaches yoga in Dallas, TX area. She is a contributing author on 3 devotional books, she shares her adventures, victories, and flub-ups from her laptop at laurensparks.net.