Friday, August 28, 2009

A Week of Firsts...

Before I get too far along, I probably should explain the name of my blog. B.A.D.D. actually stands for Bobbie, Ashley, Dale, and Devin...the members of our family. It is with a heavy heart that I begin this family blog. I want to begin to document my life and the life of my family.

Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

The past four days have been a series of "firsts" to borrow the phrase from someone who experienced a great loss this week.

Tuesday morning began much like any other first day of school with a few exceptions. My son headed off to his first day of middle school. I can't believe my baby is already 11 years old. On the way to school, his bus malfunctioned and he was sprayed with anti freeze...need I say more?

Shortly after, my daughter headed off to her first day of high school. Where does the time go? I'm just not ready for this.

I had only been at work a few hours when I received an e-mail requesting prayer for a brother and sister in Christ. This young couple was on the way to the emergency room because their 4 month old son was unresponsive. Less than two hours later we received the news no one expected. Their precious son had passed away. Shock is the only word I can use to describe how I felt. Devastated is the emotion I felt for Jeremy and Lindsay.

Two days later, I found myself attending my first infant funeral. The Celebration of Life for Ayden Brooks Jones. I left work early to be at the church to help out in any way that I could. Nothing could have prepared me for this experience. I continue to be so overwhelmed with emotion as I write this that I'm not even sure what to say. So, I'll simply say that the witness Jeremy and Lindsay provided will stay with me forever. What amazing strength and faith these two young people have! I will not mourn Ayden, I will praise him and the impact he has on so many of us.

After nearly four hours I just wanted to go home and curl up in bed. Instead I headed to JH Rose high school to watch my daughter cheer for her first football game. She did a GREAT job! We were so proud of her.

So, this concludes my first entry...not sure how this will go or what tomorrow will bring, but these are my thoughts for today.