Wet Cheeks!

What are your deepest desires for your kids? Your list is probably long like mine but lately what’s continually on my heart and in my prayers is that they have a personal and deep relationship with Christ. It’s not something we can force on them, they were given free will just like us. As my children turn into teenagers and young adults it seems like my time to have an influence on them is slipping out of my hands. The older they get, the more they want to learn from the outside world and not their parents. It’s the natural order of things as they want to become their own person. I pray daily that our tragedy we went through brings them closer to Christ and not the opposite. I know it’s normal to push away from Him at certain times in our lives and they need to find their own path… their own faith… their own life (sniff, sniff).

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So I pray, I pray like crazy that they will lean on him daily. So when the going gets tough they automatically go to him. Let it be the first thing they think to do, reach out to our Heavenly Father. Because of my own personal walk with Christ and knowing that the only way I got through the hard times were because I leaned on him. He was my strength when I had none.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not grow weary they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

So when Beau and Levi followed in Wyatt’s footsteps and made their own decision to be baptized I was overjoyed!!! Wyatt was baptized a few years ago when he was 10.  I got him a Bible with his name engraved on it at the time and wrote on it the date of his baptism.  Thankfully I did because none of us could remember how old he was.  I wanted to find a picture of him being baptized so I started going back through all my picture from 2011.  No such luck; I couldn’t find it.  I settled for a picture of him at that age.

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Wyatt 2011 wow has he changed!

I mentioned to the boys that they will have the opportunity to say something right before they are baptized if they want to.  Both of them told me “No thanks”, they didn’t want to talk in front of all those people.  Much to my surprise, they both took the microphone and had something to say.  They both thanked the congregation for being there for them, supporting them, and praying for them when we were going through such a hard time.  Levi went on to say how much his Young Life leaders and Malibu last year helped him.

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Needless to say, I had wet cheeks!

I hear God saying PRAY, PRAY for your kids daily.  You never know what life is going to throw at them. It’s the best way to equip them to deal with life.  We all stumble and fall but it’s never to late to start praying.

Also, take comfort in the fact that other people in your children’s lives with different strengths are teaching your children too. There is more than just us shaping our children (thank you Jesus). God uses other people in our lives to help in the areas we are weaker in. I pray God will raise up Godly people around my children because when they turn into teenagers they have heard it all from us before and need a different voice to listen to. I feel like I’ve come up short as a parent in so many different ways, but I know they are in God’s hands and I take comfort from that.  

The time put in, in prayer for our children doesn’t go unnoticed by our savior. The impact prayer has on our children is unmeasurable and isn’t slipping out of God’s hands.

The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life long.

~ Dewight L Moody

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Disneyland Here we Come!

The count down has begun and we couldn’t be more excited!  Our church family came to us early on during our hospital stay and asked us what they could do for Beau to give him something to look forward to when he gets better. They asked what is something Beau would love that would encourage him? Ryan and I had no idea, so when were explaining it to Beau, we had all kinds of idea lined up to suggest.  But, before we were even done asking him what he wanted to do, he interrupted us and said I already know what I want.

“I want to go to Disneyland.”

(At this point just hearing him whisper the words, were a joy to our ears.  After being on the venerator for so many days, he hadn’t gotten his voice back yet and he spoke very rarley.)

You can’t even imagine how quickly this gift became so important to us.  While laying in the hospital room, needing a distraction because an upcoming procedure was on our mind, we would talk about Disneyland.  When needing the encouragement to stand up and try walking, we talked about Disneyland. When we were bored out of our minds, we would daydream about what treats we would eat and what would be our first ride to go on.

The amount of love and support we have felt through our community and church family have meant more to us than words can ever express.  Now our dreams are so close to coming true we can barely contain our excitement.

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Photo courtesy of Heidi from the last time they went.

“All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

I’m personally excited about all the fun pictures I’m going to take.  I love this one so much, I just might have to recreate it ;).

Unfortunately as I type, Beau-man is home from school with an upset stomach.  Please pray he gets over it quickly and it doesn’t spread to the rest of the family.

God Bless,

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P.S. oh…oh… I almost forgot to tell you… 10 members of my extended family have made their own travel plans to meet up with us!!! Isn’t that so exciting!!!

Believing in the Power of Prayer, part two

Oh wow!  Did it take me long enough to get to part two?  It’s been a crazy busy summer to say the least!  I’m also not so good at blogging on my own, but Ang has bigger fish to fry than helping me blog.  I miss her tons and can’t wait until we get to blog together again!  So here it goes, my attempt at the rest of the story.  Thanks for your patience friends!

As it turned out, I was right.  There was no sign of breast cancer that showed up on the mammogram on the previous Friday.  Many are skeptical and say that, “They probably just got yours mixed up with someone else’s “.  That person has probably never seen an old school mammo.  It has your name on the top and looks similar to an exray.  And I was there and saw all the pics she took.  I watched her every move because I was incredibly curious to get to the end of this.  There was no mix up at all. Continue reading

Believing in the Power of Prayer, part one

Maybe a week after Beau’s accident a friend of mine sent me a message. ” Heidi, you should tell your story.”  I didn’t even know she knew the story. You see a lot of people, people I know well don’t know this story.  But come to find out she was at church the Sunday I shared.  It was the only time I shared in a big group setting…because to be honest, I’m not a public speaker.  People laugh when I say that and don’t believe me because of my job where I’m always in front of people.. Yeah, serving coke and peanuts at 35,000 feet is not like speaking in front of people….WAY different.  But it’s a great story and one that should be told more often. Especially when we aren’t feeling hopeful of situations or hopeful that God is hearing our prayers, but he is. I am thankful that Ang already knew this story before Beau’s accident. Because it’s a story of hope, God’s grace and healing.   I have been wanting to share this story with Marybeth , because she is in need of hope too.  This story was meant to be shared  but it’s way out of my comfort zone to share something so intimate.  But sometimes we are pulled to share, God calls us to do things that make us uncomfortable and that’s what he is doing here. Ok,so maybe he has been encouraging me to share for a long time now but I wasn’t listening.  So bare with me because this story is a long one and I’m a little scared and uncomfortable,  so I am doing it in parts. Thanks for the encouragement Julianne, because of your encouragement, I’m finally writing my story…. here it goes! Continue reading

Beau’s Beautiful Heart

Today is the 4th of July, Happy 239th  Birthday America!  It’s supposed to be a day of picnics and fireworks.  Family games, activities and parades.  But as it is Beau’s 6 week in ICU, it’s a little different for Beau and his family.  His brothers went camping with family friends, Ang and Ryan continue to take watch over Beau.  So today the kids and I headed up to see the little guy and check in on him.  When I was visiting yesterday he asked for my son,Jake,  Jakey, or Jakey-poo, as Beau calls him.  He wanted him there to hold his hand, he asked multiple times and all it took was teary eyes for me to say, ” of course we will be back tomorrow”. Continue reading