Friday, August 12, 2011

Today I'm grateful

I had a play date with my friend Maggie and her four boys (roughly the same age). Maggie's single, childless brother accompanied our group for our get together. At the end, he said to me, "Today was great birth control."

I believe him.

Cooper posed as a warrior. He's using a lamp shade as a shield, and a Disney flashlight as a sword. His pants are stuffed with an assortment of other toys that are intended as weapons. He's clad in his pajama pants only, so as to show off his warrior muscle. I kept trying to hold in my giggles so he'd know I was taking him seriously (sort of).

My friend Erin called on Wednesday with bad news. One of her college roommates passed away just hours earlier. Her poor friend's body finally succumbed to breast cancer after a four year battle. She was in her thirties, leaving behind a grieving husband and a four-year-old daughter.

My heart went out to my sad friend and for her friend's family. A little girl lost her mother. A husband is now without a wife. Two parents lost a daughter.

Then, I thought about Erin's deceased friend. How do you say goodbye to your child? The thought seemed almost unbearable to me.

The last few days I've prayer for and thought about Erin and her friend's family often. When I gaze into my own four-year-old's eyes, I've felt grateful the last few days. I've hugged my kids a little tighter. I've kissed them as much as they'll let me. I've tried to remember time, especially with family, is a gift.

Today, I'm grateful for time and family.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your prayers! I could feel them! I'm also grateful to God for His peace in tough times! I love you, my friend! :)