Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Take the time to be thankful

I just watched Oprah, you know, the one about Jaycee Dugard and all of those poor families who have had their children kidnapped from right beneath their noses. Could you imagine? My whole body goes into panic mode simply thinking about one of my children being taken from me. I pray every night and every day that my children are kept safe and away from any and all harm that may come to them, and while I know that I cannot protect them from everything I also know that I will try my darnedest to keep them as safe as I can. Today I am sending out extra prayers for those Mothers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and friends who have had a child they know and love go missing. I selfishly pray that neither I nor anyone I know and love EVER has to find out what it feels like to have a child go missing.

So, the next time your children are driving you insane and you want to drop them off at the local animal shelter because those wild animals are surely not YOUR children, look into their tiny faces and be thankful that you have them and you know they are safe. Moments of frustration and exasperation will pass, but I am sure that the moment you realize your child is truly missing lasts a lot longer and is far more disheartening. I know that as soon as my kids can understand 'stranger danger' I will try my best to teach them to be careful. That will be hard with Kyle because he is so friendly and has never known a 'mean' person. I pray extensively that his common sense will keep him safe. As for Kaleb, only time will tell. I love my kids, and I know you love your kids. May we always be able to love them and hug them and kiss them.

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