Thursday, September 10, 2009

Our worst fear

Today on one of my DS forums, a very small forum, one of the mothers posted that her precious little girl--only 2 months younger than Braska--"went to be with Jesus" on Monday after a "terrible accident." I Googled the little girl's name and found an article describing the situation. (I won't link for privacy purposes. They are not bloggers.) Little J was outside with her family while they were washing cars in the driveway. They noticed she was not right there with them, and they soon found her in their pool in the backyard, but it was too late.

It makes me physically sick. I can't even begin to imagine the pain and horrible darkness that this family is dealing with. The mom mentioned that the oldest daughter, a teen, is struggling with being there when they found the toddler and blaming herself.

I often fear accidents, I think about them more than I should. I pray for protection, for my own instinct and wisdom to keep them safe. But life on this imperfect earth comes with heartache. And oh my goodness, how their hearts must ache beyond comprehension just now.

For the first time today, I was thankful that we no longer have a pool, petty as it may seem. We've already experienced a fall down a whole flight of stairs, and that was enough to almost cause me to fall to pieces in a split second. I hope I never am given this kind of experience to prove my ability to get through it.

Please pray for this family. I'm pleading with God to provide them the peace that passes all understanding and to surround them with people who will be their strength when they have none of their own.

Hold tight those little ones you've been given. Every single day is a gift to be treasured. I need to remember that and live like I believe it.


  1. Very sad :(. My heart goes out to the family.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear that. and I too share your fears - I know most every mom has them at some point through their parenting. I think of our close calls and shudder and thank God over and over and over...

  3. How heartbreaking. I'm praying for them.

  4. Ohhhh...I read that this morning. How absolutely heartbreaking for their family. They've been in my thoughts all day - I wish there was something we could DO.

  5. Thank you for sharing this event so we can pray for little J's family. When I pray for others, I forget my own small needs. When your children grow, the concerns don't lessen, they just change in scope. I pray all the time for all of you to be safe in His hands. And I know you are. Love you!!!

  6. just can't get that poor family out of my head...lots of prayers sent up for them today...

  7. We had a similar tragedy occur here in Bellingham a few months ago. One of my fellow twin mommies with 18 mos old twins had gone back inside their home to grab something and the girl twin toddled into the 2 foot high side of their above ground pool. In the frantic search for her they spent more time looking around the yard than checking the pool, although there wouldn't have been anything that could have helped.

    Accidents happen in the split second that we may or may not be looking. That's why they are called accidents. It's so hard and tragic.

    I brought meals to them and sent cards just saying that I was thinking of them. The father said both were so very welcomed.

    Take care RK, and my thoughts are going to them for peace and comfort.

  8. Definitely praying for that family and for safety for each and every one of ours. I am so sorry.


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