Miracles are always welcome. If we’re open to possibilities and not rushing TOO fast, we have them every day- like seeing the doe and her two fawns we saw on the way to town yesterday, or the squirrels fighting over sunflower seeds in the feeder, or the unexpected cooler spell we’re starting to enjoy in the middle of July!
For example – it’s a continuing miracle that I’m alive. I don’t say this to be dramatic, but my timing on events and ailments has been pretty wonderful. When I was pregnant for the first time, I discovered I was RH Negative. This RH Factor caused 3 miscarriages before we were lucky enough to have our son, and two more after my son. I later discovered that this went back to my great-great-grandmother on my mother’s side of the family. There were five small graves of stillborn babies and then the grave of my great-great-grandmother, who later died due to complications of another pregnancy.
I had Graves Disease (hyper-thyroidism) several years ago. My mother had a thyroid problem and almost died of it. By the time I had a problem, there were several avenues to combat it, and the medication I need is cheap!
Gallbladder problems and stones used to be a really big problem, with really big surgery and long recovery times. By the time I had it, they had mastered the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The surgery and recovery time were amazing.
I consider the really close relationship we have with our son to be a continuing miracle. We lost his sister to SIDS when she was two months old and our son was two years old. Marriages fall apart over things like this and parents tend to overprotect and smother the remaining children, if they’re lucky enough to have them. Our marriage and our family became stronger. It is truly a miracle.
Our latest miracle is the opportunity to be the host family for a foreign exchange student, Vivian, from Velbert, Germany for the next 10 months, beginning August 7th. This will be such a wonderful experience for all of us! We can’t wait to meet her. She travels from her home to New York City this coming Thursday. She’ll spend a week there sight-seeing, and then travel from there to Greenwood, Arkansas. Talk about culture shock! :0)
We’re scurrying around, trying to get information from the high school, learning about bus schedules, learning how to get her registered at school, creating a comfortable place for her in our home, and preparing to have our life of retirement thrown up in the air for the exciting change to be the ‘parents’ of a 15-year-old, helping her celebrate her 16th birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. in a whole new environment. What a miracle THIS is!
I’ll write about our experiences as we go through the year. We’ll pick up Vivian at the airport August 7th, and our latest miracle will bloom into reality!
Meanwhile, “I wish for YOU a day filled with unexpected miracles!”