Friday, January 21, 2011


Today is just another day to you and I for the most part. A day we get up, get ready for work, spend the day watching the clock tick until that magical 5pm. Then we'll go home to our families, and spend the weekend together. Today is not just another day for a family at Macie's school. Today a friend of Macie's in her 3rd grade class, will bury his mother. A husband will bury his wife, and two young children, 3rd and 1st grade, will forever be without their mother. I didn't personally know the family, but my heart aches for them.

Macie brought a note home from the school counselor on Wednesday stating that she had spoken to the 3rd and 1st grade classes that occupied said mother's children. Macie came home with a heavy heart, and a little emotional. I read the note, and we cried together. The note stated that she had explained to the children that their classmates mother had passed away, and that the children might have some questions. She explained that they might experience a little grief, or want to talk a little more about their feelings, and might have questions about death. Macie didn't ask anything, just simply stated that she felt so bad for her friend. Its been consuming my thoughts lately for some reason; I guess because you never know when your life could change in the blink of an eye. A few weeks ago, that mother was living her life, being with her children, never knowing what was in store for her. I know God has a plan for all of us, so there is no point in asking why?

How often do you just go about your day thinking you have unlimited time on this earth? How many times do you go to bed angry at your spouse, children, friends, family? How often do you not apologize for the wrong things you've done to hurt others, just because you're too proud? I am not perfect, I am often guilty of these things, but then God sends me these signs to appreciate everything I have, and count my blessings daily! I don't mean to be a debbie downer on this post, but this family could definitely use some extra prayer.

Today I'm thankful be here with my kids, on good days and bad, happy and sad, ups and downs, I'm thankful for the opportunity to be Macie and Addaline's mother!

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honoré de Balzac

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty


April Westerhold said...

Molly~This is heartbreaking on so many levels. I can't imagine losing my mother and I am 36, let alone at such young ages. I also mourn for the mother who will never see her children grow, get married, and have children. For the poor husband who has lost his helper, his best friend, his soul mate and is now faced with the task of parenting on his own and trying to answer the questions about Mommy to which their are no answers.
It is also sad that a little bit of innocence has been taking away from Macie and the other children. Kids shouldn't be concerned with such overwhelming grief at such a young age. I pray that you find the answers to comfort her and that God's loving arms come down and wrap those little children and husband up.
Such a tragic, tragic event.

Aly @ Analyze This said...

A very sad and tragic loss for this young boy and his father. I will keep them all, you and Macie included in my thoughts and prayers.

I think about it a lot. Death. How it will happen. Why it will happen. Etc. It's too deep to get into right now as I am at work and can't have my mascara running!

Miss Southern Vol said...

Goodness, tear jerker right there! I CANNOT even imagine and im not even a mom! Wonderful post!!

Lindsi said...

Beautifully written post, Molly!

Hugs to you and your girls today :)

Tracy said...

Wow Moll...beautifully written. I have this feeling all to often, working in the profession that I do! In some ways it makes we want to change my department because I feel I have become paranoid. The other part of me makes me thankful that I see the worst of the worse, and am blessed to have the life I have. I am especially thankful for the friendship that you and I have. How many people can say they have such a great group of friends that would do anything for each other. Love you girl.

Hope the rest of your day perks up from the "incident" this morning ;)

CourtneyKeb said...

Just the thought of a young child losing a parent is enough to swell up my throat and make me want to move mountains to make up for someone else's hurt.

My husband lost his father at a young age, and I know it's hard for everyone involved.

and you're right, it makes us all stop and thank God for the time he's giving us.

J and A said...

Oh my gosh. Gave me goosebumps. Well written, thank for sharing and for he reminder. Have a great weekend with your girls. Hugs.

Katie said...

Oh, Molly, my heart is broke for that family. I am so sorry to hear that news. We all too often take EVERYTHING for granted. Thanks for posting that - we all need to take a few moments and just thank God for what we have been blessed with. There is *always* something to be thankful for! :]