Here’s the song reference.
I heaved a largish sigh when I awoke to more rain yesterday; as badly as this area needs it to offset the dry winter, rainy days make erranding with the tribe rather challenging, and there were two that could not be postponed. Happily, the tribe gave me something of a staggered start to the day, awakening one at a time, and eating breakfast without too much complaining. By 8:45, all four had beed fed, dressed, and shod, the morning calls had been made, and we were off to the Parks and Recreation office to pick up the packet and tee shirts for Bugaboo’s tee ball team. I’m still not sure how that gentleman from Parks and Rec convinced me that being the team mom would be a good idea, but we do go forth in love and service to the Lord and others, right?
Our next stop was a clothing store, as Beanie and I were both in need of some shorts that fit us properly. We are regulars at this particular store, and the employees there are always delightfully friendly to the tribe, especially Mr. Man and Baby Guy, who grin up at the ladies from the comfort of their stroller. Finding the right garments didn’t take us terribly long, and we were in and out in less than half an hour. As I loaded the tribe into our van, I noticed a lady sitting in a van parked near ours. She was alone and weeping. After buckling Mr. Man’s car seat, I retrieved the box of tissues that lives behind the center console and walked it over to her.
She wept because she had just found out the heart of the child she carried within her had ceased to beat. I don’t know her name, but she has my phone number. Please pray for her. I have been her, and my heart aches with hers. Coincidentally, our last errand involved Bugaboo’s birthday dinner. She was born at 1:57 a.m. on May 23, 2007, after about 36 hours of labor and years of hopes, dreams, and tears. Four siblings preceded her into our hearts, but were bound for Heaven instead of earth. As we headed for Wegmans, I remembered those days of sitting in my car, feeling helpless and crying. I pray that lady will have peace, grace, strength, and friends and family with enough wisdom to NOT say, “Oh, you can always try again.” I also hope she calls. We always have room for a new friend.
There was quite the little traffic pileup as I tried to exit the parking lot, and I nearly turned around to find another exit. Since we weren’t really in a huge hurry, I figured it was a good opportunity to sing a couple extra songs with the tribe and stayed in the line of exiting vehicles, which is why, moments later, the van erupted with squeals of delight when we all spied the cause of the vehicular logjam.
We weren’t the only ones who really wanted pictures of the family of geese crossing the street!
Our trip to the grocery store for birthday dinner ingredients was full of smiles and giggles, helped along by the lady who was running the CocoPop machine’s generous gift of a whole pop cake each for the tiny people. The kids could sit and watch that machine pop out treats for hours, I think. Baby Guy was particularly appreciative, this marking the first time he got one of what his siblings refer to as “big giant chips” all to himself. We also picked up a few things for the kids’ lunches and dinners, since our evening plans would not allow Daddy and I to eat dinner until much later, after the tribe was abed. It was a busy morning, even by our standards.
Our parish had a special Mass last night for couples wishing to renew their wedding vows. Daddy and I thought it quite appropriate that the Mass was held on the eve of Bugaboo’s birthday, the night before a lot of our hopes as husband and wife came to fruition. We were blessed with Nonno and Deedaw’s company, and they decided to join in the renewal as well. Afterwards, we joked that when the kids are older, we will tell them the story of how Nonno and Deedaw got married twice in one year.
We laughed, in spite of the behavior one might expect from four small children who are all up and at church past their bedtimes, and cheered the other couples who were celebrating what the Lord joined. It is probably safe to say that absolutely no one who knew my husband or myself on New Year’s Day of 2003 would have believed that on November 1 of that year, we would be married.
Today’s prayer: Lord, thank You for miracles, including the four with which You have blessed our marriage, and thank You for making every day a cause for some celebration. Thank You for tissues and prayers to comfort the brokenhearted, and thank You for all those who have comforted my husband and I through the years. Please help us to see Your face in every person we meet, and to teach Your blessings that there is no day that passes without the miracle of love. Help us also to teach them that part of following You is keeping Your covenants, and keeping the covenant You called us to as husband and wife. And thank You, Lord, for the examples of covenant marriage with which You have richly blessed us.
And, Lord, please comfort that lady from the parking lot. Please send her many comforters and much love.