Long Road Trip or Practicing Thanks

May 18, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,gratitude,lessons for moms

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Mom called on Sunday. It must be bad. She doesn’t ask me to drive 14 hours just because she wants to see me. Grandma was in the hospital with pneumonia. 

So the question of the girls began. Should I take them? My grandma hadn’t seen them in over a year. It would lift her spirits. But how long would I be gone? School still had over a month left. Dear hubby had a week without classes between winter and spring semesters. Leave them. Too much about this trip was unknown. 

Driving the fourteen hours alone was scary. I never go anywhere alone. Not in three years. And never for more than a weekend. My youngest, she  cried and cried she wanted to go. And we-just-don’t-know-what-to-expect isn’t a reason to a child. And driving through Chicago, in the rain, my fingers were tight from gripping the wheel. I was lonely. Maybe I had made a mistake. 

A dear friend called near Rockford. To make sure I was awake. Doing okay. To offer support. I tell her I wish I had brought at least one one kid. She, who has more kids, and a toddler still at home says, I would pay a million dollars to drive for fourteen hours alone. And everything changed. The daily practice of thanksgiving I was learning turned back on and the whole trip changed. 

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Linda Stoll May 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

… blessings of health to your family …


Amanda May 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm



Nikki May 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Oh we are blessed, aren’t we. That God places people in our lives who can aid in changing our perspective closer to His.
That being said–I would have been a nervous wreck myself!
Praying your grandma is comfortable. at ease. and trust you delighted her with your visit.
Blessings to you, friend!


redemptionsbeauty May 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

We need each other don’t we? We help each other see differently and give courage to move forward. Hope your grandma is doing okay and you have enjoyed the time away – alone.


Kerri S May 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

isn’t amazing how others can see some things that we miss while in the midst and how God has a way of placing that person right there when we need it to help us see more clearly…more like Him!
praying for you, friend!!


Tim and Richelle May 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm

hope your grandmother is doing better – thankful God protected as you drove; thankful for a friend call that helped you regain perspective.



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