Second chances are kind of special things. I have a friend who lives the next town over who has been divorced for a while now, and I simply do not know how she does it. She works and has four kids. Two of the four are angels, but the other two are, well, hmm, I think “brats” is the nicest way I can think of to put it. She struggles all the time and is constantly at her wits end. Yes, they are that bad.
I just found out that she got engaged over the holidays. I can’t even fathom how she had time to meet anyone, but I am glad she did. I can’t imagine what type of a person is willing to take on the challenge of rebuilding that home. Wow. All I can say is wow.
I can’t think of a word better than “miracle” to describe what a father and husband will do for that home. The hand of the Lord is most definitely at work here. I wish them the best.
After enjoying the holidays, I am especially happy to be able to enjoy my family. It seems to be the goal of the holidays to be with family. Sometimes it is not so easy to get along, but this year was especially and unexpectedly enjoyable. Definitely a gift. Didn’t realize how precious it was until we had such a stressful family experience last year. Not quite ready to say I’m grateful for last year, but I do appreciate this year more.
Two weeks ago we had a sick kid, and instead of trading off which parent went to church and which parent stayed home I volunteered to stay home the entire time. Despite some minor objections from my husband, I stayed home the whole time. I kind of felt like I was “ditching” church, but did it anyway. This week my daughter had a relapse and ended up home in bed again. This week, however, husband stayed home the entire time – a really good idea since I was performing first hour and teaching last hour!
Yesterday we had a true snow day. It was a Sunday, so everything was canceled for everyone. (One observation is that we got more snow the 24 hours before than we had gotten for the last 7 years combined!) It was so peaceful not to have any scheduled activities, and no chores. We spent the entire day relaxing, building snowmen, preparing for Christmas, and spending time with the kids. It was almost as good as Christmas Day itself. My kids summed everything up with the observation, it is like a snow day you don’t need to make up at the end of the year. My daughter did feel like making some homemade bread and we relaxed to a warm pot of soup, warm potatoes, and fresh from the oven bread.
I appreciate life throwing in a good day now and then!
Spent Thanksgiving with family, but this year we were especially grateful to have my uncle with us. He has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and did not know if he would be with us this year. Not only was he with us, but his numbers are down so far they are re-evaluating his status. It was good to have him with us and doing well.
One of the most common miracles I see around me involve growth. Growth of plants from seeds into food and trees and flowers. Growth of individuals to learn and adapt. Growth of infants, etc. My 14 year old son is now as tall as I am. It is amazing that something I gave birth to will soon be taller than I am!
Yesterday I saw God work in a very mysterious way. My middle child needed some help, but he had it in his mind that a specific someone would come and help him in a specific way. He refused to allow anyone else to help. His refusal to let other people help has caused some serious problems both for my son and others involved in the activity. The person that my son wanted to help him was not available, and even if that person suddenly became available, he no longer did that type of work and was not inclined to help anyone else out either. He had been asked before and could no longer do the work properly. We had asked before and he had tried before but could not do what needed to be done. (Vague intentionally. Sorry.)
Yesterday another activity was coming up and my boy had to get the project done. The exact person that he had been hoping for stopped by for a visit, unannounced, and found himself at our home while his vehicle was being repaired with nothing to do. I was a little hesitant to ask for the help because it was so difficult for our visitor. Instead he just stepped right in and went to work in a way I have not seen him work in years. It was as if he had never stopped doing that work, and was able to help my boy out and satisfy the desire my middle child had been holding out for. My boy is very happy, and I don’t know if the visitor was even aware of the impact that his actions had. The fact that he was able to do the work so well was an obvious miracle, but the timing and the arrival to our home were also miracles.
Last week I was helping out with a volunteer group. I was in charge of a large activity. I felt to take some time that morning that I could know how to focus my time and efforts to make the most of my work there. I didn’t even really know what I was praying for specifically, so my prayer sort of rambled and sounded like, “whatever it is I am supposed to be praying for help with I hope you know already better than I do cuz I have no idea what I’m praying for.” A few hours later I was delivering permission slips to the parents and felt to step in and visit with one of the families I had not talked to for a while. The conversation was kind of skirting around some potentially stressful family situations, but I felt directly impressed to share a personal struggle that our family had gone through a few years earlier. It turns out that was the exact thing that they were dealing with, and by sharing my story I was able to offer some hope and insight about how to deal with everything. It had nothing to do with the activity, except that was where the contact came in. I’m glad that Heavenly Father knew what I was praying for help for even if I didn’t.
My newly 16 year old daughter got a cell phone for her birthday and my life just got easier. Today I am grateful for the miracles of technology and cell phones. No more being left at school, or not being able to adjust to changes in extracurricular activities. Hooray! We can’t afford anything but bare bones for the phone, but hey, at least we can communicate when we need to.
As excited as we are for another cell phone in the family, we also decided to unplug the televisions. It seems to be a never-ending struggle to keep up with technology and to make sure that it is being used appropriately. We listened to a talk from a few years back about how far the television industry has pushed the boundaries of decency, and realized that it has escalated exponentially even since then. Can’t justify even sitting through the commercials anymore. Why waste any more time being slowly convinced that family, God and decency don’t really matter anymore? I don’t really want my kids to grow up thinking that life is all about murder, violence, sex and materialism. We only even watch a handful of programming anymore, and even those are not what I would consider faith promoting or family building. Anyhow, that’s where we are today.