Here is a post by a mom who’s walked my path. I definitely appreciate what she has to say here!
She ends her post with this paragraph-and it’s my wish too (emphasis mine):
I used to be harsh and critical of parents who couldn’t seem to control their kids. That was before God humbled me. Please, please have grace for struggling families. None of us can really know what is going on behind the behaviors we see. The method that produced wonderful children for one of us may prove disasterous in another family. There is no formula. Instead of assuming, pray; smile and give a listening ear. There is a handful of people in my life who have done that for me, and they are cherished.
I was tagged by Sara – it’s a different one…
The rules are:
1. Search your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
Here it is: Joshie’s Medical Bills
3. Find the fifth sentence (this is meant to say something about you).
5th sentence says: “Please pray for me as I do this.”
Well, that says alot. Man, was this depressing 🙁
4. Post that sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same.
OK – how about Theresa, DayByDay (my HS blog), Debra, Violet and Kate consider yourselves tagged.
Be proud of me – I’ve walked every morning since last Friday – ok – that’s only 4 days – but when that alarm goes off at 5:30, the last thing I want to do is get up and walk two miles!
It obviously takes very little to delight me! Mom and I went to the Dollar store after church and I found some water goblets. I’ve been wanting to find something new in the way of glasses for a loooong time….I never thought I’d have to pay so little for such beauty!! 🙂 Sure feel blessed!
Friday morning we woke up early to travel 8 hours to Brookings, OR to attend the Memorial Service for our friend, Gregg Elrod. Well, I was going to attend….Eric was officiating.
J1 was excited to be going to school without Daddy!! He was getting a ride with a local family (there are only 2 other families in our town who attend the school 20 miles away) and was hoping for a playdate after school too! J3 was going to get a ride to preschool with Grandma O and Grammy would be meeting his bus at noon. And J2 was excited because he didn’t have any school work but would spend the morning with Grandma O at the health club – I think swimming was in his future.
Unfortunately, J3 woke up with the phrase “I didn’t know today was tomorrow” and dissolved in tears. Fortunately there was time for cuddles and reassurances that he wouldn’t miss anything and that we would call him every day. When he understood the tears stopped and he was his normal cheerful self!
On the road we did lots of talking – love traveling with my husband – and were surprised when we made great time! LOL Traveling IS faster/easier without kids! I almost didn’t have enough time to finish crocheting the shawl for my friend (the best thing I was given after Josh died was a soft blanket – I didn’t have the $$ or time to make a blanket – so the shawl was a nice substitute.)
The Memorial was very nice – I couldn’t share my memories cause I knew I’d cry too much – but I plan to type them up and send them to the family! I felt better when I found out Eric skipped parts of what he planned to say based on the fact that he knew he’d break down too.
***Well, I’ve been trying to write this for a week at this point I’m just going to post this as is***
Except I want to add – on our way out of town we couldn’t find Dixie to say goodbye- she’d gone out to breakfast with her folks. So we left messages on her cell phones – one of which had a recording of Gregg’s voice saying “Hi – I’m not here right now…” and it was so great to hear his voice and realize he’s much better off where he is now! So, he’s not here – but the absence is merely temporary until we are all reunited again. Praise the Lord!