Didn’t post yesterday because I was sad; sad, because I read about a little girl who passed away.
Some of you may remember her. Her name was Jahi McMath. Two years after Ryan’s incident, Jahi (at 13 years of age) was declared brain-dead as a result of a botched tonsillectomy procedure at Children’s Hospital. Her mother fought to keep her alive, even though the doctors told her it was hopeless, and even though Jahi was on life support. You can read about Jahi here: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/girl-declared-brain-dead-5-years-ago-dies-california-n887716?cid=par-xfinity_20180629
It’s hard for me to think about this young girl and her poor mother, because I can relate a little. The reason I say a little, is because other than immediately after his incident, Ryan’s not been on life support. I can’t imagine the struggle I’d have (making a life or death decision) if Ryan was on life support. What would I do? I hope I’d do the right thing…whatever that is.
All I know right now is I feel sad for this mother. Will you please join me in praying for her peace and comfort?
Every morning Ryan has to put up with at least an hour’s worth of my Spanish lessons. He must be bored, because he speaks the language fairly well, and pretty much sleeps all the way through. If he wants me to stop, he can just say so. Anyway, the Spanish word I learnt today was JALAPENO.
JALAPENO used in a sentence: I hate nosey people; especially those who get jalapeno business.
My Spanish is coming along quite nicely. Wouldn’t you agree?
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark and professionals built the Titanic.”
I always loved that about my boys. They were never afraid of trying something new (at least they never showed it, if they were afraid). And, they weren’t afraid to fail, or look stupid trying. At least they tried. That’s more than I can say for a lot of people…including me at times.
Don’t let pride or fear get in the way of doing the “right” thing…especially when it comes to sharing the Good News with others…
KINDNESS noun: the quality of being warm-hearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
Thank you everyone who sent kind notes to us yesterday; the anniversary of Ryan’s incident. It really means a lot to us, knowing y’all have stuck by us with love, support and prayers. I wish there was some way we could pay you back for your acts of kindness. We may not be fully able to (or even partially), but God is going to reward you greatly. XOXO
Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.
2 Samuel 2:6 May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.
Do you remember where you were seven years ago today?
I just returned from being up north for the past couple of days working on a project…or two. Even though it was only a couple of days, it seemed like at least a week or two, that I was away from “true” home. I miss my family, my time watching Ryan, my daily routine, etc. Needless to say, I’m happy to be back and looking forward to what the day, the week, brings. I hope y’all are looking forward to your days and weeks. God’s got something planned, and it’s gonna be exciting…a thrill ride. So, hold onto your seats, and be ready for anything…
Proverbs 19:20-21 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
I have sympathy for anyone taking English as a second language.
One of these days, I’m going to judge a spelling bee.
I’ll ask one of the kids to spell the word “there”.
When he asks for it in a sentence, I’ll say “Their car is parked over there, and they’re late.”
Ryan and I smiled when I read this today. I hope it made y’all smile too…
Today was packed full of fun. Ryan and I watched a few world cup soccer matches, read halfway through the book of Isaiah, listened to K-DOT (that’s here stage name) serenade him on her clarinet and reviewed a few Spanish lessons. Yes, we’re attempting to learn a second language. Well, truth be told, I’m the one trying to learn. Ryan already knows Spanish. Point is, we did lots of things together today. Hope y’all were able to do lots of things with your loved ones too. It’s important to do as many things as you can with them…
I wanted to go jogging, but Proverbs 28:1 says “The wicked run when no one is chasing them”, so there’s that…
Today, Ryan and I read through the book of Songs of Solomon and halfway through Isaiah. For the wisest man to ever live, Solomon wrote some pretty weird songs; not that mine are any better, but at least they rhyme and can be put to melody. Solomon must have been the first rapper…
Speaking of wrapping, it’s the worst part of the whole present thing; which is why I give permission to anyone inclined to give me a present to simply place it in a brown paper bag (or not) and hand it to me. No really, feel free to give me presents…
Speaking of presents, my children are the only presents I need.
Lord, One of the presents you gave me is broken. Will you please fix him? Thank you.
My cousin Isaac Hastings’ picture of a jellyfish hangs on Ryan’s bathroom wall. Prior to my hanging it, someone gave Ryan the Tillandsia air plant. Don’t they pair well together?
BTW, you can see Isaac’s artwork on his website ihsquared.com
The boys and I have and wear a few of his T-shirts…one at a time, mind you…