If you read my post last Friday (the added on part at the end) then you know that our dear friends lost their infant son that day. I can't imagine what they are going through and the brief glances we have had throughout the weekend and week don't even give you enough of a picture to explain the absolute devastation that is there. My heart is absolutely in turmoil for them. They have been the last thing I think of before going to bed and the first thing I think of as I wake up. They are filling my prayers. There is nothing else that I can do for them. Just be there and pray.
The irony in all of this is that there has been an onslaught of "motherhood is a battlefield" and "seize the day but I am not enjoying it" type articles on my news feed since then. And I have to tell you something. Motherhood is a blessing that cannot be taken lightly. I am with my children all day, everyday except a few rare hours "off" to go take care of business. And I am so thankful. And I know that we all need breaks- I do and I will admit it. But I also know how precious these children are and that it can all change in an instant. Motherhood is not a battlefield. I know it seems like it at times but it is a blessing. A blessing that cannot be matched by any other. Your arms are not empty. Your heart is not aching from the loss of the child who was just there and now is gone. So you know what- get over it. Enjoy it. I know that you are frustrated and tired and need a break. But what if you no longer had that child there? Would you still be complaining?
Seize the day, enjoy every second with your children. Tired, frustrated, needing a break, and all- thank God for them every second. Tell them you love them a million times a day. Hug them for no reason. Embarrass them. You need to. You need to act like every minute could be the last one. Don't hover and don't smother them but love them and spoil them.
And take a minute every day to thank God that your arms have your children and pray for the mothers whose arms are empty today because their hearts are in pieces and there is nothing to put them back together.
I do not normally ask anyone to send money to a specific person. I may occasionally have a fundraising button for a friend. But I am asking that if you feel led to do so please send a donation to the following address. As you can imagine, our friends in no way ever planned on needed life insurance of a savings account for their son at this age. Thank you in advance..
The Sealie Harrell Funeral Expense Account
c/o Tammy Lint- First State Bank
2213 S Main St
Blakely, GA 39823