Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tender Mercies

"We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance."

Some tender mercies that I'm especially grateful for right now....

The moved up MRI date.  When they first told us we'd have to wait almost a month for the MRI and we were so anxious to cross the scary things off of our list that that seemed like an eternity to wait.  Having the date move up by a couple of weeks was a HUGE relief to us! 

Ellie is so young.  I feel like this whole epilepsy diagnosis would have been so much more difficult if she were older.  She'd be more aware of her issue, she'd be more resistant to our protectiveness, she'd have a harder time in school,  and other people would be more likely to notice her seizures.  

Homeschooling Cami.  It hasn't been as organized as I'd hoped, but I can't even tell you what a blessing it's been to have her around with all the craziness with Ellie.  She helps me prepare dinners, she's home to help with the kids while I'm at the doctor with Ellie, and more than anything she makes it so have someone to talk to Ellie about.  I'd drive any friend crazy with it all and Glen occasionally has to get some work done, so it's made the beginning of this journey so much less lonely for me.   She's getting Real Life 101. 

Ellie's school teacher.  We put in a strong request for another teacher and were very disappointed when the principal did not honor our request.  Now we can see that her calm and experienced teacher is just right for her and the issues that she's facing.  Even the other teacher (whom we still love) told us that her classroom was really crazy this year and probably would not have been the best fit for her. 

A calm and patient husband.  Emotions have been a little high around here and I am grateful every day for Glen's calm presence.

Freckles, gray roots, and wrinkles.  It would be such a pain to juggle television appearances and modeling appointments along with the rest of my daily responsibilities. 



Dad-Mom said...

Wow! You have just beautiful, straight, and white teeth!!

Lara said...

Thanks Dad, for reminding me of another tender mercy.

Nice parents who forked over lots of dough to get my teeth straightened...twice!

melissa said...

that's a beautiful quote thanks for sharing that!

oh and a beautiful picture too :)

Denise said...


i really appreciate you so much.

sometimes i think life is rough...then i remember that i am blessed.


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