Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Counting My Blessings

{Three of mine ;)}
This past Sunday, I was waiting in our truck in the parking lot of Lowes for Dan, who's "I'll be out in 5 minutes" seemed more like 45.  The boys were getting very restless. I didn't blame them.  They were spending what should have been their nap time (in a cozy crib) crammed into carseat while we ran our errands.  C'mon, Dan!

Hmmm... when are the twins happy and quiet?  When they're eating!  I had the brilliant idea to give the boys bottles while we waited for our very own Bob Villa and soon realized, after dumping the entire contents of diaper bag out, that I forgot to bring formula.

There goes my Mother-of-the-Year Award. 

Nasty jarred food and bottles of tap water would have to do.   ...and they did.  Dan came out of the store to find me, Wesley and Andrew covered in baby food.  Don't ask me how, but while I was turned around, bending over the seat to feed them, I managed to splatter food all over my face and got a big plop in Wesley's hair.  Andrew got away with minimal splattering.

I buckled up for our next destination and that's when it happened.  "It", being an email from a complete stranger.  I looked at my Blackberry and there it was...

I received this amazing email from an amazingly strong person that completely made my day, and I'm pretty sure changed my life. Michelle, a mother of 3 beautiful children, met my best friend Missy at a party of a mutual friend the night before.  My name came up, and it appears as though Missy talked me up pretty good to Michelle.  (Your checks in the mail, Missy!).  My abilities and accomplishments as a {new} mom of twins... my crafting... my photography... my knack of keeping life organized and my ability to retain my sanity through it all.  Michelle visited my blog, and then decided to email me to inquire further.
In her email, she wrote, "I want to meet you for a few reasons... 1.) to see if you are real. 2.) I think your photography is stunning. 3.) to ask you about your sewing and crafts 4.) to pick your brain about organizing life, photos, memorabilia.  That should be enough for a meeting, right?"  *blush*!    I was completely flattered.  Floored.  Who doesn't want to hear those things, right?  Her email brought tears to my eyes.  All I could say was, "Wow."...Over and over again. Wow.  Did she send this to the wrong email address?  Wow.

Michelle included a link to Mikey's Love, her family's blog, which although hasn't been updated in quite a while (you'll understand why after you read it, they are a bit busy) is sure to bring a few tears to your eyes.  Seriously, line up some tissues.  Her husband's eloquent words about their life after an almost fatal condition Michelle suffered from, and Mikey's arrival makes you want to reach through the computer screen and give each one of them a hug.  The blog focuses mainly on their life with a courageously strong, special needs son.  Mikey, who is now 3, has showed them the true meaning of the words family, love, support, spirit and strength.

I was honored to receive such a complimentary email from someone who has been given so much more on her plate than I have.  I plan to meet her in person and chat for a while when she has a spare moment.  Until then, I will hug my babies tight and count my blessings.  Over and over again.

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