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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Family Life: Breaks and Blessings

I thought I'd share with you the crazy weekend our family just had.
On Friday, our little girl fell off her bike and broke her left tibia- the larger of the two shin bones.  After 2 days in a splint, we took her yesterday to have her cast put on.  And what a cast she got- toe to thigh, bright pink, just enough room for a few little painted toenails to pop out.  Her brothers could not wait to sign it!

It's funny though, how even the most challenging moments have the most amazing blessings.  I love how God works like that.  Not that I would have ever wished a broken leg on my little B,  but I have found tremendous blessings in these past few days.  This experience has forced me to slow down and take time for her, to spend quality time with her, helping her through her fear, helping her do the little tasks that just days ago came so easy, holding her hand through every step.

Not to say this has all been a super wonderful experience, and not to say that I've passed every mom test this weekend with flying colors- far from it!  I am just realizing that this trial has been a blessing, as it has given my B and me some time quality "girl time", some days to really draw close to each other again, to hold tight to each other (literally and figuratively), and to cherish each other again.

And so when it came time for me to sign her cast, I chose the spot for her- a spot that would be in her line of sight most often.  And I wrote my special words for her, those few words I tell her every night and every day, so she'd hear my voice whenever she'd see them.

Love you, B.


In a couple of months, the cast will be off, and she'll be running around again, hopefully getting back on that bike quickly.  And I'm sure that there will be times between now and then that she'll drive me crazy and try my patience (she's really good at that!).  But this morning, I am thankful for the blessings in the breaks.  Because I know that God has blessed me with the chance to stop and see my precious B in all of this chaos.


And I am thankful that I am so blessed to be the mommy she clings to through it all.  

Love you, B.


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