Monday, May 23, 2011

Just Keeping On...

If you watch television for more than about 10 minutes...even, as I understand it, if you are halfway around the have now heard of our fair city and the tornado which struck last night.

So, what are we doing around here?

The three-year-old is...dancing while eating breakfast (that's likely to happen when the mommy absentmindedly says yes to candy for breakfast) and routinely making happy messes.

The five-year-old is...asking questions and wondering and just wanting to go into town and see his school and church and town (which I've not yet let him do). He's having conversations like this: "If the know where was that...with the really big waves...(Japan)...yes, Japan...if the earthquake there caused damage this big (picture hands held about 12 inches apart), how big is the tornado damage here?" (To which our dear friend, closing his hands to a few inches, said gently...about this big).

The mommy is...on the phone a lot. But when she's between calls she is fighting through imaginary shields with her all powerful kisses while children laugh and wiggle. She is doing her best at answering questions with words that speak of faith, hope and compassion while knowing they are as much for her as for her children. She is searching for members of her congregation which means many hours away from the children but being sure to kiss them goodbye and hello. She is celebrating each time that someone else is discovered okay (many of whom have been pulled from the rubble they used to call home) and working hard to give attention to toy car crashes and the need to stop and listen to her children. She is being thankful for loving friends who are taking care of her children while she is trying to take care of others.

Mostly in the midst of this bit of our journey we are just keeping on in the best ways we know how. And we are appreciating your prayers and care.


Lucy The Valiant said...

My prayers are with you!

Stacy said...

What a great post. Praying for everyone affected.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jill. My prayers are with you, family and neighbors.

-- Heidi from CR

Young Mom said...

Been so busy at my house, but I just wanted to let you know that I've been thinking of you and your church, and our prayers are with Joplin.