Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wow.

We had a near miss with the van last week. Jeffrey came out and hid under the van as I was rushing to leave somewhere. I heard his voice but couldn't see him. I had one of those times when I knew I better stop and check things out. Sure enough, Jeffrey hopped out from under the van with his big smile. I had to go but took him inside and asked Rich to help him understand why that was so dangerous. Rich used the analogy of what happens when you step on a grape, which is a good one for a 4 year old. Graphic, I know, but I believe it sobered him into listening. When I knelt down to say my prayer that night, the realization of what might have happened really hit me. I felt so grateful for that still, small voice that told me to stop, and also that I listened. So many times I question my feelings. So many times I just plow forward with what I was doing, anyway. I suppose I listened because I knew it had to do with one of my children. That's a whole different thing, isn't it? Or maybe it was stronger this time. I am just so grateful that, in this challenging and fast-paced endeavor of raising this family, we are not on our own.

5 comments:

Julia Everts said...

Wow. What would we do without the Holy Ghost in our lives! Glad he's okay!

Amy Beatty said...

So scary, I just can't imagine the rush of all the different emotions you have gone through. I'm glad he is safe and so thankful for your strong spirit and testimony. Growing up in such a large family that was always my moms # 1 fear. She always made someone stand watch as she would back up. That seemed to work great except for the baby kitten that got flattened.

Allyson White said...

I can't even think about little Jeffery getting hurt...I'm so glad you are so in tune. I think the grape analogy was most appropriate.

Our Family said...

Okay, hate to admit it Amy, but I chuckled at the baby kitten comment. That must have been terrible for the children! I am always so careful with the van because it is so big, but it can be so easy to just lose track for a moment. I am paranoid, I will admit it. It is my daily prayer that my children will be protected from my own thoughtlessness.

Runyan's Roost said...

I'm so glad Jeffery is ok. He's such a cutie pie. You are such a great example to me of someone who seeks and is open to promptings from the Holy Ghost.