November 29, 2013 · 9:46 pm
Thinking of you, son. You live in my memories.
I hang on to mementos and childhood memories of jokes, smiles and laughter.
I am grateful for silly boy tactics, bouquets of wilted weeds, and a boy’s imagination.
I am grateful for the precious boy’s face I looked into and the hands I held.
I am grateful for the many “I lub you, Mommy!” and “I’m hungry!” I heard throughout his childhood. Continue reading →
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Tagged as A tribute to a child in Heaven, Bereaved mother, Child, Death, Death Of A Child, Encouragement, Faith, God, In memory of Jonathan Mathew Franco's birthday, Jesus, Loss Of A Child, Love, Memories of my son, Memory, Never forgotten, Spirituality, Uplifting
October 23, 2013 · 10:38 am
IF YOUR KIDS KNOW JESUS, THEY NEED TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE AS CHRIST FOLLOWERS
If you know a kid, or you are one of God’s grown up kids, your heart needs to know this!
Don’t miss out on this free offer from Keith Ferrin. It is an identity booster for a Christ Follower.
I wish I would have known I had an identity in Christ when I was a kid, or even after I grew up! It would have saved me a lifetime of heartache and empty identity searching.
I believe this is a great way to give our children a head start in life especially the way things are in this world nowadays. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Awareness of who you are in Christ, Bless Others, Boost your identity, Boost your kid's identity, Child, Children, Encouragement, Faith, Free Book, God, God's Love, God's Protection, Inspirational, Positive, Self-Reflection, Spirituality
September 20, 2013 · 9:25 pm
A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifica and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Amazing gift for a doctor, Child, Faith, Fetus reaches out of womb, Gifted surgeon, God, Hope for spina bifica, Kindness, Positive, Surgery inside the womb, The Unexpected, Tiny hand reaches out of the womb, Uplifting, Vulnerable moments
September 17, 2013 · 12:37 am
When my kids were little I took on the huge responsibility of homeschooling all three on the heels of our move across the country from San Diego, California; to the northwest.
My kids had gone to a small private school for the first couple of grades. Jonathan, my youngest, had just finished kindergarten.
He did okay in school except for the teacher’s frequent complaints. Jonathan, she said, was a very “intense” child.
“Jonathan is not a rude or undisciplined child,” his teacher said,” but he has a difficult time keeping quiet during class, sitting still, not speaking out of turn, and he often corrects the other children on the playground when they aren’t following rules.”
As his parents, we didn’t know what we could do about our son’s “intensity.” Continue reading →
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Tagged as ADHD, Child, Encouragement, Frustrated Teacher, Homeschool, Hyperactivity, Intense child, Learning Disabilities, Loss Of A Child, Mom is the teacher, Positive, When Kids aren't ready for school
September 6, 2013 · 12:47 am
The month of September will forever be imbedded in my soul as a much different month than the rest of the months.
It is a month of grief and rejoicing all tied into one tight giant knot.
- Grief because God prompted me to visit my 27 year old son, Jonathan, the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the fourth week of September nearly two years ago, to deliver a book I ordered as a gift for him.
It was a great novel about police work. I knew he would love it because he loved to read and because he was a police officer. It was a sort of peace offering, as we had been at odds with each other for quite a while and I wanted it to stop, but didn’t seem to convey it the best or it wasn’t received or something. Always something got in the way. Anyone who has had an extremely unfriendly divorce and terrible relationship with their ex knows what kind of havoc that can bring on the relationship between a parents and their children. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Accountability, Child, Death, Death Of A Child, Death of My Son, God, God's Prompting, Grief, Heartache, Heaven, Hindsight, Jesus, Life Lessons, Listening to God's Voice, Loss Of A Child, Spirituality, The Unexpected
August 24, 2013 · 12:02 am
Very beautiful. Truly a soul stirring and tissue grabbing story!
In Calgary, Alberta, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.
Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true.
She took her son’ s hand and asked,
‘Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?’
Mommy, ‘I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.’
Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.’
Later that day she went to her local fire
Department in Calgary, where she met
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Tagged as Child, Children, Faith, Grief, Heartache, Inspirational, Kids, Kindness, Life Lessons, Loss Of A Child, Pay It Forward
July 20, 2013 · 7:24 pm
Do you remember those brutal days in school when the team captains took turns picking players for their teams?
If you were a team captain, or one of the first four kids to be picked, then never mind. On second thought, you may want to read on to understand the rejection the rest of us felt.
But if you were one of the kids picked last, you know, the ones the team captains really don’t want to be stuck with; then my condolences.
Read on. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Allergic reaction, Allergies, Child, Chosen last, Embarrassment, Feeling Alone, Feeling unwanted, Heartache, Humor, Random Acts Of Crazy, Rejection, School, School embarrassment, The Dorky Kid, The Leftovers, The Unexpected, Writing
June 7, 2013 · 5:01 pm
I think half of every kid in America has had a grey bunny they named Thumper. My daughter Rachel wasn’t any different. Her Thumper was the sweetest bunny. With a little nudging, Rachel was good about keeping his food and water supply filled. She often gave him vegetable treats. Under her watchful eye, Thumper even got to run loose in a small section of our backyard sometimes. She cuddled him and dressed him in baby doll clothes. But Thumper wasn’t satisfied with what he had. He constantly scratched at the corners of his hutch, in a desperate effort to get out. I couldn’t blame him; he was confined to a small space.
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Tagged as Accountability, Adam and Eve, Bunny, Child, Encouragement, Faith, God, Greener Pastures, Humor, Irony, Life Lessons, Pets, Thumper, Unrest, Unsatisfaction, Uplifting, Wanting More, Wanting Out
May 31, 2013 · 10:36 pm
Sometimes it hits me. The grief, the still foreign concept. I lost a child. He was 27 years old when he died in September of 2011, but he was still my child. They say the loss of a child by far is the heaviest of losses a soul can bear. I agree.
I found another thing they say to be true. They, being the experts on grief and loss. The second year of loss is the worst. I agree. The reality pools around one’s feet. The permanency of this kind of loss becomes a stagnant puddle one must wade through.
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Tagged as Child, Comfort For Grieving Parents, Death, Encouragement, Faith, God, Heartache, Heaven, Inspirational, Loss Of A Child, Love, Memory, The First Years After The Loss Of A Child, The Unexpected
April 20, 2013 · 11:08 pm
I was daydreaming while washing lunch dishes when I heard the front door slam.
“MOM! MOM! You have to come outside! A tree fell on the car!” Continue reading →
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Tagged as Child, Faith, God, God's Protection, Irony, Kids, Life Lessons, Miracle, Nutty, Random Acts Of Crazy, The Unexpected, Tree Fell On Car, Two Miracles In One Day, Writing