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Friday, April 19, 2013

Miracles happen every day.

It's the end of the school year and it tends to get a little busy around here.

We're in the process of deciding what kindergarten will look like for Christian and now that I have most of the information I need, I'm getting really excited about it.

I'm saving that for the next blog post, though. Right now it seems like so much is going on in the world that it's hard to be all "business as usual."

I've developed this bad habit of falling asleep around 11PM on the couch and then waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning. This has happened for two nights in a row but I woke up to the blaring news of a Texas explosion two nights ago and coverage of the Boston Marathon bomber hunt last night.

What is going on?

I know that's not a very original question and everyone else is thinking it. It makes me feel old just thinking - What is this world coming to?

I think during these times of uncertainty it's important to look for the good. It's hard, but I think it's necessary. So maybe "business as usual" isn't such a bad thing to do.

What I want to reiterate is something like - Hug your babies. You never know what each day will bring. Be thankful for what you have. Praying for everyone. But it all seems trite and repetitive. 

So I'll tell you a story.

Gina is a mommy friend of mine. But she's extra special because she's a near drown mommy friend. Her daughter, Madison, grew her butterfly wings and flew home last November. 

Since then Gina has been passing along things that helped Princess Madison so these things could help other children. And she sent us something that is really, really, REALLY going to help Christian.

But in that box she also sent along something else that hung in Madison's room. 

Now it hangs above Christian's bed. An angel watching over him. 

Miracles big and small really do happen every day. Some days it's harder to recognize them than others. And some days you have to look really hard to find them. Gina, a mom who truly lives the reality of not knowing what the next day will bring, sent along this little reminder. 

I know this story sounds sad, but it's not. Well, maybe it's a little bittersweet, but what I really want to pass along is to embrace the miracles. Look for them. Cling to them. Claim them as your own. Some days that miracle for some may look like just being able to get out of bed in the morning. For some it may look like the first time their child laughs, crawls, or walks. Or maybe the miracle is in giving to others when you are in so much pain or seeing a crowd erupt with a full blown version of the National Anthem before a hockey game.

Miracles can be found in every situation if you look for them.

This one is hanging above Christian's bed.

Thank you, Madison and Gina!

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