Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Busy Week

We are in the middle of swim lessons and Vacation Bible School, and I am worn out. ; ) It's a fun good kind of tired. I'm so thankful for the good weather this week!
On Zach's first night of VBS he met this panda bear, and it's all he talks about. I think this bear is why he goes. Ha!
Our "superhero" friend Clint & Z


One night I asked him what he learned at VBS, and he said, "I didn't learn anything." I asked him if he sang any songs, and he told me he sang the "Walkin' Song," the "Heart Song," and "Jesus is the Light" song. Too cute. 


He is hilarious at his swimming lessons, and a mother told me today the class just wouldn't be the same without him. ; ) I hope that's a good thing!

I have to share something amazing the LORD did this week. This story has a few parts to it.

After Reese passed away, we noticed there was a dad and three young boys who were buried in the same Memorial Gardens. There were pictures of the boys on their headstones. We just couldn't imagine the mom of this family. Who is she? How is she living? How did she face each day? What is her life like?

We have thought about and prayed for this family countless times the past 22 months. Every time I drove through the Memorial Gardens I pass by where this man and his sons are buried and see those little boys' smiling faces. Their mom has felt my pain times three and at the same time lost her husband.

As many people can't imagine losing one child like we have, I can't in a hundred years imagine what this woman faces each day.

We recently started using a new sitter to watch the boys. I like to have a few who really know the boys so when we need a sitter it's not a big deal. Our other ones just graduated from college. Anyway, we have known "Sarah" from childcare at the gym, and I asked her a few weeks ago to watch the boys for me. 

Sarah kept Colson Monday, and we talked about Reese and her pictures in our home. She then shared with me that she lost her three younger brothers in a plane crash. I knew but immediately asked if her father was killed, too. She said yes.

I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe I was meeting the other part of this family I had ached over, thought of, and prayed for. I never imagined another sibling, but here she was the oldest of four standing in my kitchen. She had lost her dad and three younger brothers in an instant. 


We talked for awhile, and all I could think of was how amazing she and her mom are. I'm so thankful Sarah is a bigger part of our lives now, and I hope to meet her mom, too. It's still so fresh on my mind.

I now wonder why I hadn't thought to ask Sarah to watch the boys before, but of course it was GOD's perfect timing. Even though I had known her for a few years, I didn't know what great tragedy had happened in her life. 

Monday was June 13th, twenty-two months after we found out about this family. I never thought I would meet the mom much less a daughter who lost so much. Sarah is such an encouragement to me, and I'm so glad she is "ours" at least for awhile. ; )




Be still before the LORD
   and wait patiently for Him...



Psalm 37:7

46 comments:

The Anglin Family said...

Wow Katie. That brought tears to my eyes..He always puts people in our lives right when we need it the most....

DaisyGirl said...

WOW! That is truly a God thing. I always enjoying hearing stories like this! God bless.

Kaysie said...

What an amazing story. It gave me chills. :)

Melissa said...

Wow, what an amazing story! Definitely a God thing - it brought tears to my eyes.

P.S. Your "superhero" pic, totally made me think of one of our Friday school songs - "Jesus you're my superhero..." (are they singing that at VBS?).

Anna said...

Wow...what a story!! A GOD STORY!!! Would love to hear later if you meet her Mom! Thanks for sharing...

Hillary said...

Oh my goodness! I just adore stories like that! It renews my hope that everything happens for a reason.

I love the picture of Z and the panda bear. Our church's VBS is doing the same theme this year in a couple of weeks and I can't wait for Graham to be able to go!

Lots of Love to you and your sweet family! xoxoxo

Jessica said...

Thank you for sharing that story! It blessed me so!

Angie said...

What an unbelievable story. I cannot imagine. How amazing that God is bringing you all together at His perfect timing.

Jodi said...

Wow I got chills all over when I read this. Amazing! You were both brought to each other and I hope you will form a special bond.

JENN KINNEY PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Wiping away tears of joy at yet again another amazing way that He works. That was truely a remarkable story!

dran said...

That gave me chills. Absolutely amazing. :)

Jill said...

Amazing. God works in wondrous ways. I think this is only the beginning of a remarkable story you'll soon add more to.

Maryellen said...

Amazing story.
We never know the silent burdens we each carry. Makes you really want to be especially kind and patient - you just never know .

Thank you for sharing . . .

Miranda said...

That is an amazing story! Thank so you much for sharing it with us!

I love that your little guy is so active! I can't wait for my little guy to get into those things too!!! :-)

Katie said...

What an amazing story. Isn't it amazing how the Lord brings people into your life at specific moments? Thanks for sharing!

Wendy said...

Goosebumps!!! That's amazing!

Haley Nicodemus said...

Covered in chills and tears in my eyes!!! What an amazing thing - God is so good!

kinleymarie said...

That truly is an amazing story! God works in the most amazing ways. He is so good. What a blessing he brought your families together. Your boys are so, so cute. Your family continues to be in my prayers.

Linds said...

that story made me have goose bumps. God is so incredibly awesome, and he has woven such a great story, even in the midst of such tragedy. I love the witness you have for us all. I pray for you often Katie!

Life with my sweeties said...

WOW!!

Lisa McSpadden said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. How amazing for you to be able to tell her that you'd been praying for her family. I LOVE that God put her in your life AND you in hers. Precious.

Charon Benton said...

Isn't God Amazing? HOW AWESOME is that? I am sobbing now (at work no less).....thank you for sharing the story!

Angie said...

What an amazing story..bring me to tears! I can't imagine!

We are also in VBS this wk and I'm EXHAUSTED! HA!

Dianna said...

What an amazing story yet so sad. Thank you for sharing.

Brandi said...

WOW, I mean seriously...God has a way!!! Unbelievable!!!!!

Katie said...

Like many others this story gave me chills. God works in mysterious ways and it's all on His time. He is truly amazing.

Lauren said...

WOW, what a story!!!!!!

Terrell said...

One word - Amazing!! and How great is our GOD!! Thank you for sharing this story, Katie!

Leslie said...

That is an amazing story. God works in such wonderful ways.

Rincon Family said...

What an amazing story!! I'll have to look for Sarah at the gym. I'm not sure of who she is. Hope you're having a good day!

m&msmommy said...

Wow! What a truly amazing God story! There is no explantion for you meeting Sarah, other than God! :)

Wow!

Meg said...

Wow, that gave me cold chills! God works in mysterious ways!

Dean and Jennifer said...

That is an amazing story, I love how God works and it is always in His perfect timing for our lives. My name is Jennifer McDaniel and you don't know me but I follow your blog through a friend of a friend..haha! Your faith strengthens mine daily. Your total reliance on the Lord has brought me to my knees and caused me to hang onto my baby LESS and give him totally to God MORE. Thank you for being a light!

Jennifer McDaniel

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

Dru said...

Wow, Katie! What a story. Your life continues to amaze me. I'm so glad I found your blog and I wish we could meet someday. We just moved to the Memphis area from Atlanta. But I think you are all the way on the west side of Arkansas, right?

Allison said...

What an amazing story! I'm sure she is equally blessed to know you and your beautiful family!

Ellen said...

Katie, Beth Moore calls those events "GOD Stops"! I think that is such an perfect description of that type of "chance" meeting!
God Bless your family and Sarah and her mom.
G-mommy E

mm said...

GOD does beautiful things!!! Love this story. I think Reese planned this out with G man... =)

mm said...

I forgot to add, that I think Reese wants you to know she is alright and with you more than you know....just sweet little reminders from Reese to her momma, dadda and bros. She is quite the little planner!!!

Paige said...

Wow! God and his awesomeness never cease to amaze me . It is always amazing how he starts preparing your heart ( while you are clueless) and then all the sudden something big happens and it all makes sense!

Carolina Girl said...

Heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I'm sure your families will help each other in ways that only one another can .

DianeTaylor said...

I cannot imagine that pain that this family must be going thru every minute of every day. And how amazing that God drew you all together thru Reese!!

Beth Colbert said...

He was my doctor and a good friend of my cousin who is also a doctor. Glad to hear they are doing well. He delivered 3 of my children and will always have a special place in my heart.

Tracy said...

OMGoodness! I have chills. I wonder if you let out a gasp when you linked it. WOW! What an extraordinary coincidence...or just part of the plan? Either way, WOW. You guys will forever be linked now. :)

Emily said...

WOW! How amazing our God is!!

Jill said...

Wow! I think that is what heaven will be like. We will get to know "the rest of the story" in so many situations that we've prayed about. Thanks for sharing that story and the story of your life!

Bonnie said...

Katie! Rosemary sent me your blog. What an amazing post! I love when God shows us so obviously that He is taking care of us and fully involves in our lives. Thank you for sharing and I hope to run into you again very soon!!

 
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