From Refreshed to Kicking and Screaming

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“Get a puppy,” they said.

“It will be fun,” they said.

I pulled out my camera today to capture a sweet moment between brothers (I am doing a 365 project, after all). They were snuggled up together on the couch while 12-year-old Hezekiah read a book to six-year-old Apollo. What mother wouldn’t want to preserve that moment?

But wait. Do you see the little side eye Apollo is giving? He doesn’t look like he’s snuggled up with his brother.

That’s  because, by the time I grabbed my camera, this was happening.

Get a puppy they said. It will be fun, they said.

Do you spy the object in the lower right?

Get a puppy, they said. It will be fun they said.

Now, do you spot the boy in the lower right? Frodo apparently didn’t care to preserve the Sweet-Brothers-Cuddling moment.

Get a puppy, they said. It will be fun, they said.

And just like that, the moment was gone.

Get a puppy, they said. It will be fun they said.

I made plans and the plans vanished without warning.

Get a puppy, they said. It will be fun they said.

Very much like the plans Chuck and I had to attend Refresh this weekend.

We are adoptive parents who feel the need for refreshment. We were looking forward to training to make us better parents. We were looking forward to the encouragement. We were anticipating a weekend full of fun and fellowship with other adoptive parents.

Get a puppy, they said. It will be fun they said.

Instead, Chuck is having surgery this morning.

He has been out of work several weeks due to weather, then sickness…and now he needs surgery.

Get a puppy, they said. It will be fun they said.

This wasn’t in our plans.

But as I have learned (over and over) The Plan doesn’t always work out.

Sometimes God has a different plan, whether we like it or not.

Are you familiar with the poem, Footprints in the Sand?

Well, in my life, it’s a little more like this.

So we roll with the punches.

We make lemonade.

We rejoice that we already found childcare for today.

If you are the praying type, we’d love prayers for an uncomplicated surgery and quick healing.

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3 Responses

  1. Praying, Renee. I am sorry to hear your weekend is going to be so rough. 🙁

    • Thank you, Emily. Chuck is home and feeling well…and on lots of drugs.

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