It’s 3:06 a.m. My last thought before I went to sleep tonight was “ Shoot, I forgot to blog”, but I went to sleep anyway.
Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to blog about until I actually sit down and start typing. Sometimes I get an idea days before and roll it around in my head. And then sometimes an idea will hit me and I know I should sit down right then and type it out. This is one of those sit-down-right-now moments.
Today, as I watching Hunter getting in his truck to head back to Mississippi State, I had just a twinge of anxiety about him driving back. I told him to call me when he got there. I always say that, and he always says okay and then he never does. Sigh. Kids. So, I gave him enough time to get there and I called to make sure he arrived safely. When I hung up the phone, I thought to myself “that’s my thankful blog for today…that he got there safely”.
Then I got caught up with kids and by the time they were settled in, I was sleepy myself and off to bed I went.
I woke up at 2 a.m. and noticed I had a text message that had arrived after I went to bed.
It was from a lady named Angie. Angie is a nice lady that I do business with around Christmas time every year. I never even knew her last name until tonight. Maybe she told me at some point but I never caught it. We always made small talk, and she was interested our Yuri/Gigi story. Every year when I would see her, she would want to be filled on what was happening with the adoption, etc. She’s just a really nice lady.
My text from her tonight was business –related, but then she put… “I hope you and your family have had a blessed year. I lost my last child this year, so if it’s possible I’d love to have your prayers…”
Two things struck me. Oh no, she lost a child. And what does “last child” mean? I hoped she meant “youngest” but I had a feeling that’s not what she meant. I did what I always do when I need information. I googled her name. There I found that she lost her 23-year-old daughter, Emma, in August. The obituary said Emma was preceded in death by her sister and survived by her parents. By “last child”, Angie meant literally that. She lost her first child and she lost her second child. I don’t know any details at all. I don’t know if both girls died from illnesses or if both girls died from accidents. No idea. I just know that this mama had two babies and she has lost them both.
I laid in bed for an hour after I read her text and finally realized I wouldn’t be going back to sleep until I blogged about being thankful that Hunter travelled safely back to college. And being thankful that all my kids are healthy and tucked safely in their beds.
Will you do me a favor and pray for Angie and her husband?
Thank you, friends, and good night.