Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Mom, I Don't See Buzzards!

I was pondering my crazy weekend and had to laugh to myself thinking I know what Mom will say when she hears about it.  We woke up early Sunday morning, fed everybody (which is a feat itself on Sunday mornings) and was heading out a bit early because we knew we needed to get gas in my son's car.  Well, we load up in 2 vehicles and my car doesn't start.  Battery dead!  ARGHHHH.  No biggie, I'll get out the jumper cables.  3 vehicles parked in my driveway, yet not a jumper cable to be found.  Nary a neighbor out this early in the morning either.  Okay, we still have time....I'll take hubby's car.  We move 1 car seat, 7 children, 5 Bibles, 3 purses and hit the highway.  We will now just be "on time.".  We can handle that because it still beats being late.  We unload at church and my eldest son, bless his heart, isn't used to being the driver and getting out a baby.  Being the great helper he is, he gets the baby out but forgets he left his keys inside the car when he removed the little fella.  He then proceeds to shut the door and, of course, it's locked.  No problem the spare is in the glove box.  My husband works nights and obviously cannot save us because the car I left at home won't start either (remember?).  BTW, did I mention I'm bringing home my niece this day so that my sister's family can go see the Braves game after church? 

We went on to Sunday School classes.  Did I mention I showed up to my class 10-15 minutes late?!  After church, a very patient family spent 30 minutes helping us break into my son's car.  My sister's family went on their way and we had a great afternoon despite the cRaZy start.  The best part is that we could all laugh about it and not let it ruin our entire day.  My truck ended up with larger problems than the battery and it will get fixed later this week.

When my mother lived in Atlanta, I would call and tell her the latest Tordoff news.  She would  laugh at the children's antics.  But invariably when things seemed to go wrong, another appliance broke, another vehicle to replace, she'd say "Michelle, my goodness, do you look out your windows sometimes and see buzzards flying around?".  She was implying I had buzzard luck.  Well, I could only laugh because the Lord always sees us through the craziness of this life... the broken appliances, broken bones and broken hearts, the financially lean times, the one-more-thing goes wrong kinds of days.  He has just always been faithful.  I knew when I called her that afternoon and told her the latest she would shake her head and would ask me again about the buzzards.  So I laughed as I told her the story in person Monday.  (She now she lives closer.)   I was then able to tell her "Don't worry, I don't see buzzards Mom." 

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