Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Too Many

Another weekend and another too-much-to-take service for a sweet heart friend. We rushed home from a jail break weekend in the St. George sun (such fun, will post pics later) to make sure we made it to a niece's birthday party and sweet Avery Ann's viewing tonight.

I met Avery's mother, Leah, through a mutual friend after she learned her growing baby had a heart condition similar to McKay's. I've done my best to offer random insights and advice over the past few months as she diligently prepared for the arrival of her fourth child, and first little girl, Avery.

If ever there was a mother who was ready for a baby it was Leah. She had researched, she had arranged, she had planned and scheduled and made ready all that could be for sweet Avery. Unfortunately, it was not to be. In a whirlwind of decisions, emotions and her mother's initiation into all things pink, Miss Avery was in too much of a hurry to return to God for any one's liking. Matt says I need to stop making friends. I think he's right. The bidding is now closed folks...as if matters of the heart are ever that easy. This heart mom thing may not be the sorority of my choosing, but it's mine all the same. And I'm honored by the company.

If I'm looking for a lesson in this last week it's this: I don't think we are meant to understand all that goes on in this life. I think the trick is in being willing to accept it. Not to accept it will malice or reservations, but accept it with full faith that all will be made right in Christ. If we accept we heal. If we heal then we find peace. And in peace comes understanding. That's my circle of truth this week--take it for what it is. A virtuous cycle. A merry-go-round. It's all a matter of perspective. Today, I am thankful for the 30,000-foot view the Lord is granting me. Life is beautiful and precious and simple from up here--just a bit too crowded with angels these days...

8 comments:

Cannon Family said...

Mind it was so good to see you there last night. I told Gary it must be so hard for you! You are so kind and so inspiring! Thanks for all you do and for your wonderful words of wisdom!

Patti said...

I have to stop reading your blog at work. I end up with tears everytime.
That was beautiful. I hope we can all learn what you have learned.

jaci said...

Hi Mind,
My thoughts are with sweet Avery's family. I can't even imagine. I'm sure Leah has felt so lifted and loved by your friendship.
I'm glad you had fun in St. George! I'm sure it was nice to get away for awhile.
I got your message. I was thinking a girls night out, if you want. I bought the tickets, so we are good! I will talk to you soon!
I love ya!
Jaci

Kristi said...

Seriously, will you please quit introducing us to your friends already? So, so sad.....

Jenny said...

It takes a lot of bravery to go to those funerals. It must make you feel so lucky yet so nervous at the same time. I know those moms are grateful for you! By the way, I am dying for a follow up on wether you were able to let McKay cry himself to sleep. Are you sleeping better?

Nicki Stoker said...

Hi, Mindi. This is Stratt's sister, Nicki. I read your blog about twice a month and want you to know that I enjoy the eloquent, beautiful way you say things. I love your perspective. We pray for your litle McKay and are so happy he's doing well for now. Thanks for sharing!

Lisanne said...

Hey, I would love to get together for dinner sometime. Let me know! Also, do you know how to get a hold of Amy Hadley? Does she still teach swimming lessons?
Lisanne

Melissa said...

I was also at Avery's viewing. What a special family. I am a member of Intermountain Healing Hearts, a non profit support group for families dealing with congenital heart defects. You have hopefully heard about us. We would love to have you join. There are so many wonderful people in the group to get to know and bouce questions off of. I hope McKay is having a good day!
Melissa Andrew