Friday, July 2, 2010

Remembering Ethan, Part I--Windchimes


Ethan was such a unique little man. He had many interests, but he would go through periods of time that he would focus on just one or two things...and that's all he talk about! For instance, when he was about four, all he wanted to play with and think about were windchimes. This lasted for over a course of the years--his interest in them would come and go. We would walk into a store, and within a few seconds, he would spot a windchime! It was so funny, thinking back on all of those times of untangling windchimes, and making them chime their pretty tune. But at the moment at hand, it sort of was annoying. Yes, I am being honest, and I feel so terrible looking back on it. We should have just smiled and gone along with it. Well, we did, but not always. Life is busy, and we tend to get in a rush and focus on what we are at the store for, not to stop and "smell the roses" along the way. We don't think in those terms, that our children could be taken from us at any given moment. But the truth is, they can. I am not trying to scare you. But I'm trying to be sobering, and to plead with you to make every moment count. When you find yourself in a rush, not wanting to stop and "smell the roses," think of Ethan. Think about your children and how precious they are, because...children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3

5 comments:

Angie said...

Thank you Shannon. And thank you Ethan, I needed to hear this today. With my busy household of 2 kiddos, I forget this very often. I will try to remember more often, and to treasure my 3 treasures.

loveanjel4! said...

This is so true, sometimes we are in such a hurry we forget what is important to us and that is your family. Hugs to you my friend!

Cherishing My Days said...

Thanks, Shannon. I find myself trying to retrain my brain to *listen* all the time. I am just always going in a thousand directions and many times brush my children off "yes, honey, I know. I'll take care of it in a minute" is something I have been feeling guilty about alot over the years. Now when I think of you and how much you'd love just one more moment with Ethan, I try to just STOP and really listen and not be annoyed. God has called me to my children and they are the very reason I am home in the first place. Thanks again for this reminder.

sasicas said...

I am so sorry for your loss. As the time goes on, the journey of being a mom of an angel does get easier. There will always be times where you will just break down but you can trust in the Lord, you KNOW He is there for you always and He will bring you through.

Its been 5 years since our daughter graduated to Heaven so I know all too well the pain that follows....

LakeLady said...

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