Yesterday morning, I had a loooong list of things that had to be done at work. Goal was to get there early. I was running late, kissing my babies and this dear husband of mine and fleeing with breakfast in hand.
On my way, there was a detour, the road I usually travel was closed. I could see lights, lots of them. I could see emergency vehicles, lots of them. I did what I always do, said a prayer for those involved.
Later on, I found out that a teen driver hit a car head on. In the car was a mom and two kids. The kids survived, the mom didn't. Totally and completely took/takes my breath away. I drive this route all the time to work. If I left minutes earlier, it could have been me. Totally hits close to him, as this woman was a special education teacher and we've loved and shared some of the same kids. I just can't stop thinking about this whole situation.
I definitely hugged my babies extra tonight. And I will likely be guilty of bringing them both in my bed when I go to bed, to snuggle until daddy comes home from his night shift.
Truth is, today could be our last day. You don't know what tomorrow will bring, but we've got today.
I've rummaged through the box of clothes my mom saved from when I was a little girl. It's been almost 17 years since I lost my mom, but I think of her daily. I know she would love having grandkids and she'd be super proud of my dad for sending little care packages and for making special toys for them. I know she would have spoiled them rotten.
But you know, I'm not usually sad when I think of my mom. I feel thankful. Thankful that I had 15 amazing years with her. So much of what I do today, I learned from her. I know she'd be proud. And I feel lucky to have had her.
And...here's some pictures of my sweet girl wearing a dress my mom saved. The last time it was lovingly put on a little girl, it was put on me, by my mom. And when I put it on my little girl, I cannot help but smile.
My prayers will be with the two children who just lost their mother in that terrible accident...if you're the praying kind, please lift your prayers up for them too.
Here's our sweet girl in the dress I wore ages ago....