Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Gift From God - A Mother's Day Blessing

            I remember it like it was yesterday, a call from the adoption agency telling me that my child had been born. But the story really starts four days before Mother's Day, I was having lunch with my husband at a local restaurant. We were discussing a baby in Texas that my husband's aunt had informed us about. My first reaction was great, but something keep nagging at my heart about the situation. I had finally met with my husband to tell him about my doubts. 
           While we were in the mist of our lunch, a waitress approached our table and sat our glasses of tea down. 
           She looked at me and said, "Happy Mother's Day."
           "I'm not a mother," I replied wondering if she had overheard our conversation.
           "You will be," the waitress replied before she turned to leave. I looked at my husband, "Do you think she heard us talking?"
           He shook his head no. "She wasn't around us. She couldn't have heard." 
           We finished our meal and decided to table the conversation until later. The same waitress appeared again and put our check on the table.  "Do you mind if I write God Bless You on the check?" she asked.
           "No," I replied. Grabbing her pen from her pocket, she wrote out God Bless You and then left.  My husband paid the bill and then I returned home and he went back to work.  
           When Mother's Day arrived, we drove the two and half hour drive to visit our mothers. Later that night on the way home, I prayed for an answer about the situation with the Texas baby. As I prayed I felt this incredible peace come over me and I knew in my heart that we were not suppose to be the parents of that child. You might think I felt sadness, but I didn't. I just felt relieve that I had an answer, an answer from God.  
            A couple of days later the phone rang, I picked up the phone not expecting the phone call would change my life forever. The call was from the adoption agency, informing us that our baby had been born. As incredible as that was itself, I found out that my baby had been born the day the waitress told me I was going to be a mother. Was she an angel? I don't know. Was she a woman that God used to give me a message? Maybe. Either way I received a Mother's Day Blessing, a gift from God, my precious baby.       

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April and Blessings

    As April makes it's statement of warmer weather and lots of showers, I have decided this year to try  my hand at canning. I recently purchased a book on the subject of canning, freezing, and dehydrating fruits and vegetables. While I realize that most of the canning and freezing will take place this summer when all the vegetables and fruits come into season, I decided to start trying to learn how to exactly master this task that both of my grandmothers manage to do with ease. The idea of storing food made me start thinking about my grandmothers and how it was just second nature to them to put up food for the winter for their families. I look back at my late grandmother and wished I could ask her so many questions about how she fed a family of ten with a small income or how she made the best fried chicken in the world. I guess every one realizes later in life what a gift grandparents are as you are growing up. But unfortunately like myself included, I afraid we learn it too late in life. So if you have older family members, take the time to learn from them. I am positive it will be a blessing to you.

April 15, 2013 - Remember to pray for the victims in Boston.
April 17, 2013 - Remember to pray also for Texas.