I just wanted to extend a thank-you to everyone who’s encouraged me regarding this blog in the last few weeks. I have been wondering about my writing…where it’s going, and whether it’s something I want to continue working on. Without mentioning this fact, I have been the happy recipient of a lot of positive words about my blog in recent days. So if you have encouraged me about my little corner of the web, THANK YOU!
On a related note, yesterday I was able to give some encouragement to a total stranger. I was wrapping up a shopping trip at Kohl’s (I GOT THE 30% OFF COUPON THIS TIME!!) and herding the kids across the parking lot. As we approached the van, Ben was lagging behind and I had to call him out of the way of an approaching minivan. The woman driving the van parked down the row from us and approached me as I was buckling seatbelts and getting everyone settled. I was afraid she might say something about parking lot safety, but instead the conversation went this way:
Nice Lady: Hi, I know you’re busy.
Me: Oh, that’s OK.
Nice Lady: I just wanted to tell you that I have four young boys at home, and I’m pregnant with my fifth boy.
Me: Wow! Congratulations!
Nice Lady: And I wanted to say that I’ve been nervously wondering if I can do it…if I can get out of the house with all five of them. So it’s really nice to see that you can.
Me (now her biggest cheerleader): Oh, yes! You can! You can!
It was a nice way to end a somewhat stressful shopping trip. 🙂 I’m so thankful to God for the kind words of friends and strangers in recent days.