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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Balloons for Heaven

When my children were young we had a precious tradition that my step daughter started that her daughters still do to this day.  In the late 80's, we lost several family members way too soon.  The youngest of these was Heather. She was merely 4 years old when she was in a car accident that took her, and her 27 year old Daddy.  They were on their way to our house that day, and our whole family was forever changed by that agonizing experience. 
Sometimes when you go through something that devestating, you try to find ways to have hope and solace.  One of the ways that we did that ,was thought up by little Amber.  It was something special that we did whenever the kids would receive a balloon at a party or restaurant.  The moment we got outside, and to the car, the kids would look to heaven, and give their balloons to Heather.  It was such a simple, yet awesome act of faith and love, that gave us all hope in a time of grief.
That has always kept me aware of how powerful the faith of a child truly is.  We certainly can learn so much from a child.  I have learned my greatest lessons from my children.

What has a child in your life taught you?


Ruth said...

this is great post. how sweet of Amber! it's very sad to hear about Heather and her Daddy. and i agree with you, when we go through something devastating, we ry to find ways to have hope and solace.

i was teaching high school kids for five years...i've learned the most important lessons of life during those five years! Everyday with them is a miracle,a blessing from above, cause everyday i was learning something new from those kids.

Susannah said...

That is beautiful - thanks for sharing it with us. :-)

Carrie Burtt said...

Thank you Ruth. I know you must have been a wonderful teacher. That is an awesome job that the rest of us take for granted.
Thank you Susannah for you kind words. I hope you both have an awesome Thursday. :-)

marit said...

kids have taught me not to fear love