It was a good day yesterday. My co-workers were very sweet while I was @ work.—Talking about Avelyn and sharing a little, but not over-whelming; very appreciative of all this. Before dinner, Josh, the girls, & I went to Brooklan’s school for the science/art/book fair night for a little while because Brooklan really wanted to do this; it was neat seeing the kids’ projects. When we got home, I just kind of had an empty feeling; I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have any ideas for dinner and I didn’t know how our evening should go. I’ve never done this before. I knew we had the cake, but what else? And how was that supposed to work? Josh so graciously offered to take on dinner. So thankful for this. I decided to sit out on the back porch, and when I did light raindrops began to fall. Perfect. God is starting to plan our evening for us. Time to enjoy the rain. :) I’ve always loved the rain, but this love grew more when God sat me on our front porch for a few minutes - around 2am in the early morning of May 23rd - to enjoy the peaceful rain before we got the call from one of Avelyn’s doctors, letting us know she wasn’t doing well; her blood pressure kept dropping. ‘Peaceful Rain’ I believe is what I titled the post about this almost a year ago. Before we got that call, I had actually taken pictures of the rain, from our front porch, those wee hours of the morning because it was so peaceful; God knew I would need these moments – to feel this peace – before we headed to the hospital to spend – what we didn’t know at the time – would be our last day on this earth with our baby girl. So that’s why the rain, especially a peaceful, light rain means even more to me now. Enjoy that rain, friends. As my friend Ashley says, dance in it. :)
While Josh was cooking, the girls & I went out to enjoy the peaceful rain. We took the girls' Hello Kitty umbrella with us just for kicks & because the girls think it is fun. :) We didn’t use it much, but it was still super fun when we did. The girls were swinging (Brooklan made a ‘built-in umbrella’ above her swing; not sure how well that worked! :) ),we all ran around in the rain, and Aili started going down the slide – then later she convinced me to go with her. :) That was an adventure!—The combo of slick scrub pants and a wet surface, makes for one fast trip down the slide! Who needs Schlitterbahn or Oceans of Fun with that combo?!?! At least that’s how I felt after Aili and I flew down that thing. And of course we did it more than once. ;)
After dinner we opened Avelyn’s cake Jenn had made; we kept it hidden up to this point, so that was super fun and such a special moment. We sang to our baby girl, then we ate up. Enjoying each other, and of course enjoying the cake & ice cream, too. :) I made it through and was truly able to enjoy it.—No doubt it was your prayers and God’s strength helping me through. I think it was super special for our big girls, which made it even that much better for me, too.
God continued to help me through the rest of the night; He kept me super busy. For the past month, each time I check the mail for registrations for our Let Your Light Shine run—or get some that someone has left in Brooklan’s folder or in our front door or on our front porch :), I try to enter them in the computer as soon as possible. We started the day yesterday with 62 people registered. After spending lots of time with it last night & a little time this morning, we are now at exactly 100! Wow. PraiseGod! I know we have at least a few more coming in, as well. That’s a lot of children’s bibles. :) Thank you!!!
After being up extremely late the night before, I was super tired. Josh had just gotten home from bible study and working out and was resting on the couch, so I went in and laid on his lap. A perfect place to fall asleep. Thank you for your prayers friends. Thank you for the cards, your registrations, for simply loving on & caring for us. Everything means so much. You each have your own ways of helping us. Thank you for carrying us through. It will be a tough month. On my way back from Muffins with Moms this morning at Brooklan’s school, I was thinking that exactly a year ago, I was wheeling myself down the hall early in the morning to go spend time with our Sweet Avelyn. I will always cherish those moments. I was even able to do this on Mother’s Day last year, as it was my last morning as a patient in the hospital. Such special times. Love on your little ones, your big ones, your grandkids – whoever the children are in your life. Snuggle with them. I had a thought the other night for any young moms out there. I was snuggling with Aili before bed – actually after she was supposed to be in bed asleep – but always seems to convince me to come back in to snuggle with her more, and this thought came upon me… Sometimes I’m thinking ‘really Aili…do you really need me to come back in again?’ Then the Spirit told me to “fast forward a few years – 10 years, 15 years…act as though you are holding your daughter then…how much more do you want to enjoy this moment NOW?” So try it –especially you young moms, as your hugging, snuggling, & holding the children in your life, fast forward a few years, then see how much more precious those hugs, those snuggles at this moment become. EnJOY.