Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Please say a prayer....

...for our sweet little friend Kate. She is under going some tests today, and we are hoping that the outcome is good. Kate is a very special little girl who is so full of love and so full of the joy of life and we hope she is with us for a very long time. Please pray for peace for her family regardless of the results. We love you Kate!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


A lot has been on my mind just recently....it has been a difficult time, and that tends to be when my heart is especially full. We spent a week with families, who have challenges similar to ours with children who are sick, medically fragile, etc. Some will recover and live a normal life....and some, might not. It is in these circumstances I am grateful for my belief, faith and understanding. But I still grieve for them, and hope for a miracle for them. We have known for quite some time that Ethan will most likely not have a normal lifespan. I feel blessed for the time we have had with him, being blessed by his sweet spirit, our lives have been truly blessed, just because he has been here. He is the way our Heavenly Father meant him to be, because in his current condition, he is able to touch lives in a way he could not have done had he been a typical child.

During our holiday, Kurt Warner, a devout Christian, gave a sermon to our group. He talked about Moses, and his keen awareness of his limitations, and how God reminded Moses that he (Moses) was created in His (God's) image.... I believe with all my heart that God gives weakness unto men that he will be humble and that if we are sufficiently humble and faithful that God will make our weaknesses our strengths. I am grateful for my weaknesses because they do remind me that I can't do everything on my own....I was never meant too. And I have seen Ethan build his weaknesses into incredible strengths.

I remember a talk not to long ago where someone had reflected about wanting a "How to" book or instructions on what they had to do in this life to return to our Heavenly Father.....The answer was in the Sermon on the Mount contained in the book of Matthew and I have added my thoughts in ():

Matthew 5:3-12 (King James Version)

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit (who turn to Him): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn (and put their faith in Him): for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek (and are humble before Him): for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness (and seek after Him): for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I have heard many say that they will be saved by grace...but I don't believe grace alone is enough....we have to do our part. It isn't enough to say you have faith, you have to act on that faith.

Matthew 5:16 (King James Version)

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

It is through your works that you will be saved....and those works are the service to your fellow men.

I have seen many good works, and I am grateful that My Heavenly Father has blessed my life through the actions of others especially those children who have incredible weakness (and amazing strength) and their families. Our lives have truly been blessed.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Magic of a Wish....

I am so tired right now that I probably would do much better to leave this post until later, but I know a lot of people are waiting to hear about our trip. About 9 months ago, my son Ethan, made a wish to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just about a month ago, we were invited to also go to Disney World with Kurt Warner in conjunction with Ethan's wish trip. Terry and I weren't sure about it, but Ethan was all for it so we said yes....What an amazing and incredible experience it was to spend the week with 9 other wish families and Kurt's family. Every day was full to the brim with fun activities and good company and such very special people. I think my family earned the title of "thrill seekers" as all my kids braved...and mostly loved rides like rockin' roller-coaster and tower of terror. Chloe tried to cast a spell on herself with her wand (from Olivander's) to make her grow the two inches in height she needed to go on the Forbidden Journey, which the other kids went on at least twice. Ethan's was working his own magic, charming everyone with his cheerfulness and sweet smile and quickly built special friendships with Kate, Gloria, and Kurt's daughters Jesse and Jada (and Brenda bestowed MANY kisses on him too!). Volunteers Mark and Krissy took Mark, Helen, Chloe for an evening of fun and we had a special evening with Ethan at Give Kids the World where we were able to connect with Gage's family. It was an amazing experience....we could never have done as much on our own. Truly and experience of a lifetime!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Promptings of the Spirit

I wasn't sure if I was going to share this experience, because it seems such a small thing to me and I have posted about this kind of thing and how important it is to me before. Yesterday I was in the grocery store, just picking up a few things. I was standing in line (a pretty long line) to check out behind a woman on a mobility scooter. I didn't know her or know anything about her, but noticed I was immediately paying very close attention to her, something pretty out of character for me in that situation. Something was telling me to listen, so I did, without question, because I knew I would never even let on a thing about it. I noticed when she was checking out she mentioned very quietly to the cashier that she may need to put some things back because she was not sure if she had enough money to pay for her groceries. Then she ran her card, and there was not enough money there. She removed several items from her basket, and ran her card again, again, it was declined. She turned to all the people behind her, who were paying very little attention and apologized that it was taking so long. She was a bit flustered I could see, and I had a feeling that I should just hand the cashier the money for her groceries....it wasn't a lot of money, and I had recently sold a rabbit that would cover most of it....and I rarely ever have cash on me....perhaps only one of maybe 5 times in the past twelve months that I have really carried cash to the grocery store. Not that it was "extra" money, but it was money that was not committed to anything at that point....other than this woman, who was desperately trying to find a way to pay for her groceries, so I handed it to the cashier. At first the woman did not understand what happened, but then she turned with tears in her eyes to thank me....I just told her to pass it on. The cashier told me how sweet it was of me and relayed a story from an email she had just gotten from the store network how this same thing had happened recently, twice, and she was very touched by my gesture. It was not a big deal to me, but it impacted more than one life. I really don't know how this very small and simple act will bless the life of that woman, or the people that witnessed this act of kindness, I will never know, but I do know that it is important to act on these promptings. I have said time and time again that there are angels among us....and sometimes we are the ones called to be those angels.