It’s 2:00 in the afternoon and the house is quiet because even during Spring Break, perhaps more than ever during Spring Break, we are having Quiet Hour. Don’t confuse Quiet Hour with nap time because “naps are for babies.” Quiet Hour gives everyone a chance to decompress with a little solitude. Reading is encouraged, quiet play is fine, listening to Adventures in Odyssey is acceptable. For Dimples, who is not accustomed to Quiet Hour, listening to Hannah Montana while drawing also meets the requirements.
Last night we learned the sad news that the father of one of Samuel’s friends passed away very unexpectedly yesterday. This friend, Stephen, is a favorite of the younger kids, so they were very sad when I told them. Eby finally fell apart when we sat down to read after lunch. We read a short bit in the Bible, and then I went on to Leading Little Ones to God, and Eby began to cry saying, “Why did Adam and Eve have to eat the fruit? Why did they do it? I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die.” We talked about what happens when a Christian dies and that Stephen’s father is already with Jesus. But, of course, even that does not ease sadness for children who have lost their own parents. Loss of a father or mother touches deep into my children’s souls.
I tried to comfort Eby, but after the stress of the morning, with Dimples trying to navigate through the day, and Eby and Little Man’s well-known routine upset, there was no going back. He finally headed up to his bed while I finished reading to Dimples and Little Man.
Now it is quiet and I am sitting down to write, but all I can think of is Stephen and his family – and Honeybee, Dimples, Eby, and Little Man – so many losses for them all.
#821 – 830 giving thanks
sitting close and holding hands in sorrow
remembering that life is precious
the comfort of God’s Word
the sure knowledge that Jesus loves us and has a plan for our lives
and that He will never leave us nor forsake us
afternoon plans for Honeybee and Dimples
learning more about prayer
Mimi spending the afternoon with us yesterday while Andrew worked
safe travel for Russ, Ladybug, Sunshine and Russ’ sister
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