Tears at the Talent Show

by adustyframe ~ December 7th, 2008

Last Friday was a big day in our family. I knew that Lee’s parole officer was taking him in at least for the weekend and most likely for longer.

I was tired and emotional and wished I could just ignore the day. It was one of my classic, “I’m so tired I’m about to shut down” days.

Thankfully, we had already planned to attend the area’s homeschool group. It was a Christmas talent show. Having something to do on those sorts of days really helps me.

James and I settled in. He chose not to share his talents this time. He’s like his mother and prefers to watch rather than be in the limelight.

The songs ranged from sweet to “good for them for trying” to really well done.

At one point, a  family gave a presentation. The mom and daughter sat at the piano playing a duet.The dad stood next to the piano holding the baby and the little boy in his suit and tie stood next to daddy. They began to sing and it was just SO sweet. The baby kept leaning over patting her brother on the head and playing with his hair. The little boy’s tie was crooked and he sang his little heart out.

Tears gathered in my eyes and began to roll down my cheeks. I was watching my dream.

It was my dream to have a family full of  little ones and the ability for us all to be in one place sharing our talents together.

Perhaps God will allow that someday and perhaps he won’t. As I write this, I have no way of knowing how things will unfold for us in the next days and months.

Maybe God will give me a larger family. Maybe someday we can all be together serving in some way. But maybe not. I have to keep working on being content with where God has me now.

As the tears rolled down my cheeks, I felt stupid for crying at Away in a Manger and hoped that no one noticed me. But I was struck with the need to tell you this.

Be thankful for what you have.

If you have a husband and children, be thankful. Be thankful you can all be in the same place enjoying one another.

I heard a woman once say she was leaving her husband because he didn’t help around the house. She said he called her “Princess” and was willing to do anything to keep her but she was just so upset that he didn’t help more around the house.

Ladies, please don’t let that be you. While I wiped away the tears on Friday, I felt like saying, “They don’t even know what they have!”

Some of you do, I know that! But sometimes wives get so wrapped up in the things that aren’t perfect that they overlook the treasures in their homes.

I know that husbands fail sometimes and that there are legitimate things that need work.

I just want to challenge you tonight to be thankful and to understand the wonderful treasure you have.


10 Thoughts Shared to Tears at the Talent Show

  1. e-Mom

    This is a vulnerable, honest post. Bless you Lizzie. :~D

  2. Vicki

    Thank you for sharing your heart. I felt your tears, Lizzie. Thanks for reminding us to be thankful for what we have – you’re right.

    Sending you a great big hug ♥

  3. Susanna

    Dearest Lizzie
    You know my heart towards you. Hugs and blessings. I have been greatly struck, just in the past few weeks (in fact, when I have struggled most) about just how blessed I am in my situation-and am so thankful that the Lord has kept me from walking away or ruining it all. You are so right- at times, especially when things are ongoingly (is tht a word?!) stressful, you all too easily lose sight of how things really are and of what blessings are really yours. Thank you for sharing this and may God bless you like Job in the days to come (well, OK, maybe you don’t want THAT many children…..!)

  4. Jenn

    Thank you for this honest post (made me cry) and gentle reminder. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the trivial everyday stuff and take them for granted until something comes along to remind us.

    Sending you a big hug this morning.

  5. Alesha

    Thanks for the timely reminder. We often get too busy and overly focused on the details of the holiday season, and forget to be thankful for the obvious blessings that surround us.


  6. Lady Why

    Thank you for that important reminder, Lizzie!

  7. Sarah

    I’m praying for you and your precious family. Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for what we have. Romans 8:28; Phil. 4:13

  8. Jen B

    Thank you for sharing. I think many of us, including me, take our family for granted. I do have a husband that comes home at night, and 2 wonderful children. Yet there are days where I complain and grumble about stupid stuff. Again, thank you for sharing and for the gentle reminder. I am praying for you today.

  9. Pam

    I think we can all visualize the “perfect” whatever….family, relationship, home, job etc.
    Your post reminds me to be thankful for what I do have…to know that nothing is perfect except the love of Christ…to count my blessings and to BE a Blessing to others as I try to reflect the love and forgiveness that Christ shines on me everyday. Thanks Lizzie

  10. Chel

    An excellent post. I wish that dream for you.

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