A Dose of Encouragement

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.

4 thoughts on “A Dose of Encouragement

  1. Well, this isn’t a recent day, but I do just want to go on the record and say that you are my blogging muse and my mommy-ing inspiration, and, one day, perhaps, if my prayers are answered and my girls get raised right, maybe the other grandmother of my grandchildren.:)


  2. Isn’t it nice when someone comes over and is encouraged by you? I had a similar conversation with a woman, pregnant with her third,…somewhere, lately. And I like reading your blog! ‘though you know my mother-in-law is going to add that it could always use more pictures!


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