Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
During the summer, Sarah, over at www.steepedbysarah.blogspot.com, got married. I was asked to write a little story for her bridal shower. I was so thrilled and honored to be asked by her lovely sister-in-law, Elly. Sarah and I have corresponded through letters for years. Writing her has been my therapy. I've written her about my struggles, joys and life away from my family. This is the story I wrote for her. When this was read at her shower, only a few people knew I wrote it. I don't like to share my writing but I think she would love to just read it again....so, here it goes.
Once upon a time there was a Raggedy Ann girl that lived in a Barbie world. She was a fair maiden, daughter to Ed and Ramona and sister to Jacob and Matthew. Her name was Sarah. She loved wearing dresses and skirts and always had her toes painted in such pretty colors. Her hair was always adorned with lovely flowers that she so delicately made with beautiful silk fabric in pinks and purples. In the winter, she would wear beautiful hats that she would crochet out of the most marvelous colors.
Sarah had two handsome nephews and an adorable niece she took great delight in. She was always sewing blankets for them to keep them nice and cozy. She also took great delight in children around her. She spent countless hours with the neighbor children, Miranda and Noah, and loved them like her own. They loved to camp, bake, play games and craft together. They especially loved the special smoothies she would make just for them. They helped her take care of her two dogs and bunnies. It was a special time for them all.
She had many friends and gave much love to all of their little ones. She traveled near and far to visit them. Sarah helped care for her friends when they were sick or in need. She was there for the delivery of a baby of a special friend. She would watch their babies, cook for them and spent a lot of time helping them clean their homes so that they could spend time with their little ones and get some rest. Many of her hours were spent scrubbing and scrubbing out baby bottles and she would dream of the day she would have her own bottles to scrub. She took comfort in the people around her.
She longed for the day when she would have her own little family.
For years Sarah prayed for her prince charming. Now, one evening, she stumbled onto a picture of a handsome gentleman and his seven children. He (Matt) referred to these seven children as his "blessings". She was impressed by the love he seemed to have for them. She was intrigued and started to write him. The thought of seven children around her apron throughout the day made her absolutely giddy and delighted. Could he be the one? Were these little ones the ones she had waited for all these years?
Sarah met Matt and his seven blessings and the sparks flew. She and Matt became betrothed and his seven blessings are now her seven blessings. She became stepmom to Christina, Amy, Madison, John, Abigal, Matthew and Josiah and they welcomed her as queen bee. She was so happy to be surrounded by them.
Sarah was really not a Raggedy Ann after all....instead she was Cinderella.
....to be continued...
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sometimes it will suddenly get very quiet in the kitchen...
and then someone peeks her head out of the cupboard.
This is her special spot.
It's where she can play without her mom or dogs bothering her.
It's where she can get a few moments of "alone" time.
And...occasionally she'll pop her head to tell me something important.