This week my children have been sick. I have been trying my best at home, but with more and more symptoms coming I decided to take them to the doctor yesterday. My husband works 35 miles away, and has been in a mandatory training all week, so I called my sweet mother-in-law who teaches at a local Christian school. Fortunately, her schedule worked out yesterday that she had no more classes in the afternoon, so was able to take us to the doctor. I threw some clothes on myself and the kids (since sick days are usually pj days). She graciously sat in the doctor's office for 3 hours while they did flu and strep tests, and checked them over. They just have a virus, but told us some over the counter medicine they can take for their symptoms.
She brought us home, and my husband was already home. My husband and I took the kids to the store. As we took a detour through the electronics section (for my husband) an employee turned to me to say something. She said, "Oh, you have two beautiful babies, AND one on the way! I think that is great!" I did not know what to say at first. I am more used to dealing with more negative comments, which sadly I have been hearing since I was pregnant with Jewel. I was blessed by this compliment by a stranger who was seeing us all at our worst.
I wish more people thought the way she does. Sadly our world does not value the blessings of God, we live in a country who according to the 2010 census are only having 1.8 children per family. We are not even reproducing enough children to replace ourselves. We value things that have price tags, like cars, homes, iPhones, vacations, clothes, so many other perishable, temporary items. Children are invaluable, they are precious, they are certainly not temporary, and they are blessings from God! Thank you God for using this lady to bless our family! :)