Something Blue - In the last month, I have been deeply affected by four deaths. I have already posted about my friend's husband and my dear Aunt. While Alex and I were home for my aunt's funeral, we found out that one of my husband's former students died suddenly at 17, and the day after we got back home, my mom called me to tell me that one of her best friends passed away. She was only in her 60s, and there was no way for me to go home again to say goodbye. With all of this sadness, I can't help but be a little blue, but I am hoping to at least balance it out a little.
Something Borrowed - My good friend Jody (Holy Chicken Cacciatore) forwarded me this email several months ago. It is hilarious! I also have a really funny one about a Bishop, but this one is far less offensive. I have been saving it for just the right time.
- When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
- When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.
- When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.
- When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!
- When you are confused -- I will use little words.
- When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
- When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off.
- This is my oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!
Something Funny and Something Pooh - Didn't you know they would go together? Some of our motley moms are doing this crazy thing called potty training, so this one is for you. When I first started potty training Alex, we only had three pairs of underwear. I would put them on him after nap, and when they were all wet from accidents, we would go back to diapers. One night, after he had just peed in pair #3, I decided we would just take our bath a little early. Since he didn't need to pee anymore, I decided to let him run around naked for a few minutes while I was running the bath water. He was probably only 2 1/2 years old at the time. He came running into the bathroom saying "Look Mama, Look!" I couldn't wait to see what he was excited about, and we both ran into our dining room. I could not have been more surprised to see a pile of pooh on my carpet! I didn't even know this was a possibility! At that moment, I had many thoughts, but the one I remember most is that someone should have warned me that this could happen.
If you happen to be blue today too, I would like to try to leave you with some inspiration. When I was going through all of our infertility treatments, I was chronically sad, so I decided to read Philippians until I figured out Paul's secret. If he could write the book of joy from a jail cell, surely I could be joyful too. One of my favorites from that book is this, "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel." ~ Philippians 1:12. I wasn't always able to be joyful, but I was determined to use my sorrow for God's good. Another one of my favorite quotes is from Michelle Kwan, "Falling's part of the game. It's like my dad always says: 'No matter how good you are, the ice is still slippery.'" If you are blue, this is my wish for you: may your struggles bring God glory, and may a good friend show up on your doorstep with either chocolate or raw cookie dough!