Labor Day Weekend

As many of you know, Labor Day weekend left a break in our hearts two years ago. Rae lost her dad in an atv accident. (Helmets, caution, pay attention to your surroundings…atvs are not toys!) I have done my best to focus on the good this weekend. Let me share with you.

Saturday was an incredibly lazy day for us. PJs all day, with a little cleaning mixed in there. Rae had an accidental run-in with a bag of trash that I had set aside to take off that afternoon. She kicked it when she walked by and got a pretty nasty cut on her toe. This sparked a freak-out from her after seeing all the blood. Once she calmed down and I cleaned it up, I freaked (quietly on the inside) thinking she might need stitches. Rae proved to be stronger and calmer than me at this point. I immediately called my dad and my parents came right over to help. No stitches were needed, but it still looked bad. Saturday’s good: my kid is a champ and I can always count on my parents to come when I call. ❤️ That night Rae and I enjoyed a movie together, her choice.

Sunday was church and family day. We enjoyed an amazing sermon at our church, followed by lunch with our family. Too much food was eaten…we don’t always have time to catch up during the week, so lunch together was nice. After lunch we went to a friend’s house to make crayons. We took crayon pieces, arranged them in silicone molds, and baked them for a few minutes. Rae was very proud of her ship crayon. 😊 For supper that night, I learned to make strawberry crepes. Again, too much food was eaten. Rae went to sleep with no problem, and I enjoyed a comedy movie and quiet time.

Today we are just taking it easy and enjoying each other’s company. Later on we are going to a friend’s to socialize and possibly swim. 

I hope each of you have taken time to sit back and count your blessings. We take things and people for granted far too often, and then just like that they could be gone. Focus on the good, don’t dwell on the negative. There’s so much good in every single day.

Tough Life Lessons

Here it is, the end of August. This month has been full of ups and downs for myself and Rae. My biggest ups are Rae’s accomplishments. School: she’s gotten good colors every single day so far. That’s a big difference from last year. She’s reading books to me every day. Her chore chart is filling up with stars for daily jobs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

My greatest down has been watching Rae face disappointment and losing her fur friend, Chloe (or Miss Kitty…it depends on the day. 🙂). She celebrated her dad’s birthday yesterday. The second one since his accident. We sent up balloons with some of the family and she sang with her cousins. Then she had to wake up this morning to learn that her outside cat had been attacked by dogs. This was another big deal for her simply because it’s the cat that showed up not long after her dad’s death. This leads to my point of this post…

My five year old had to learn today that not all animals are nice and sweet. She’s never had to deal with mean or vicious animals. She couldn’t wrap her brain around why these dogs wanted to hurt her kitty. Time for her “big girl” discussion.

I explained to her that sometimes you have a bad animal that doesn’t care who or what they hurt. There’s also some people in this world like that. God didn’t make them that way (people or animals), other things in this world did. Her innocence in this situation made me feel like dirt because I couldn’t do anything to help the poor cat. In my heart and mind, hurting those dogs wouldn’t have made the situation any better. I would’ve then had to try to justify those actions to Rae. She’s watching my every move. If I can show her what difference a hint of grace and compassion can make, even in tough times, then I hope they stick with her. I don’t want her to think it’s ok to let this often cruel world shape you into a different person than who you want to be. The Golden Rule has been a recurring topic since school started (thanks K5 teacher!!). Maybe…just maybe I can help inscribe that on her heart.

*Dont get me wrong, I am a firm believer in defending yourself and taking up for others, but don’t cast the first stone. It’s not worth the long term effects. Oh, and the dog situation is being dealt with by Animal Control.