Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's the little things....

Today, my heart is heavy. I know I normally post lighter stuff but today I thought I would share some sad news. A co-worker's wife and kids were in a tragic accident yesterday morning. His wife is now in stable condition but broke her back. His two kids, ages 3 and 5, did not survive.

The article is here:

I can't possibly imagine having to go through any of that. It's a humbling time for me. I hugged my kids and loved my husband extra last night!

This news hit me harder than I imagined it would and so here you have a post about the little things. You never know when your life will change in an instant.

Have you ever walked around your house, gone through your normal routine, or sat at your desk and just noticed the little things? The little things that make you smile and remember your loved ones?

In the wake of this devastating news, here are the little things I have noticed so far today:

  • on the windowsill in my bathroom sits one penny and one dime. I smile. Why? B/c Gracie put those there one day while trying to use the 'big girl potty' and proclaimed 'Mine!' They remain there to this day.

  • the sight of my son holding his own bottle makes me smile. I love little fingers and the fact that is he is here, relatively healthy, is a true miracle.

  • having a very helpful husband who not only changes diapers, dresses the kids, and packs their diaper bag but also loads them into the car every single morning.

  • upon unloading the kids at daycare, I see a tiny line across my back window where the dirt has left a 'ring'. You see, my window only rolls down half way and every single morning I have to roll the window down so she can tell daddy 'bye bye see you later' and get one last touch of his hand. Precious.

  • seeing my daughter walk proudly into school, plop down on a chair and proceed to eat her 'poptar' (pop tart). She's growing up way too fast and I'm reminded to cherish every second. I hated to leave them today.

  • scratching one Doctor off the list of Specialists my son sees after yesterday's follow up appt.

  • getting out of the car at work and noticing a little blue paci. smiles.

  • walking in my office every day seeing a painting my little man painted at school with his feet.

  • arriving at work and being thankful that I have a secure job and work at a stable company.

  • thankful for the people that I work with and around and I know that any of them would be there if I needed them.

And what is to come....

I know that when I walk in my children's classes this afternoon they will be happy to see me- one comes running for my open arms yelling "Mommy!" and the other leaps forward from whoever lap he is on (yes, they hold him most of the time) with open arms. What a blessing and what a gift.

You see, it is all about the little things.....

(PS--ignore the pink blanket on said son, it was all I could grab when he was tired and not feeling well....little things.)


Michelle said...

Absolutely heartbreaking....that family is in my prayers!!!!

Mary Heiss said...

And you Reidie-Poo are a part of the "little things" in my life that make a complete difference, every day. Love you. And I am SO thankful for you and your family every single day.

Jenn said...

Aw, I loved your post. You are so thoughtful all the time :)

I am so thankful for all the "little things" around my house and thank you for making me remember that!

The Ericksons said...

Loved the post. Sorry to hear about your co-worker and family. I know completely what you're talking about with the little things-we do it every day around here!Love and hug those little ones; like you said they grow up fast!

Mom2anAngel~and~a miracle said...

That scares me to death, a motorcycle and a truck caused this from behind. I almost want to call the sherrifs office and see if they noted what carseats they were in