Thursday, February 18, 2010


Last night I think I was up 8 times during the night... maybe ten. Hazel needed her binky several times, Willem was coughing a lot and needed a drink of water. Then Will had some bad dreams and asked to crawl in bed with us... it was one of those mornings that when I heard the alarm I was just preparing to get a good chunk of sleep. Ugh. Now here I am drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee, blogging, while my laundry pile spills out of the laundry room.
I do get some things accomplished when I am up a lot in the night... I am offered many opportunities to pray - in a quiet house - I pray for God's comfort for Natasha and Reese. I pray that they will miss Case but not be without hope and that they will find joy in life. I ask that Lane will be joyful and not fearful. I pray that people will be kind and supportive. I thank God for all of the people praying for them. I pray for my children and protection over them. I pray for my husband. And I pray that I will get a good night's sleep tonight :)
Daily I am blessed by empathetic, faithful friends. And I try to teach my children to be empathetic, prayerful people. I don't think we need to protect our kids from all sadness. Merit and Willem know that I miss my mom very much and they know I hurt for Natasha Reese and Lane with their longing for their sweet baby boy. Also, our family misses Case too. Merit cries and prays for Natasha and her family. And although I want my children to be joyful and happy, it is good for them to be sensitive to the sadness and needs of others too.
Hold onto Jesus. He's holding onto you.


~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Beautiful post my friend~♥

Jessica said...

Beautiful, Michele. What a great reminder that we need to spend time with the Lord and focus on Him more than doing laundry, etc. Continuing to pray for you and your family. Love you!

the story of my life... said...

LOVE this!! Thanks!

Katie said...

So well written Michele and such beautiful pictures! I totally agree with you on teaching children empathy and sometimes the only true way of learning that is through "feeling" pain themselves, whether for themself or someone else. What a sweetheart Merit is. Thanks for your wonderful example...your post was what I needed to read :) Hugs to you~

Caryn said...

Thank you for your thoughts, Michele. I love the James 4:8 verse. We were just talking about that in Bible study on Tuesday. In order for God's Word to get into us, we have to get into God's Word.
I hope you get more sleep tonight. You and your family continue to be in my prayers.

jenjen said...

Beautiful post! I love that you are teaching your children to be prayerful and empathetic. You are a wonderful mom. I hope you get more rest tonight!


Katie said...

!st time stopping in on your blog & what A BEAUTIFUL BLOG IT TRULY IS! I've clicked to follow!
Have a Beautiful Weekend!