This has been a very difficult week for several of my friends and while I hesitate to write this post, I feel like things need to be said. My sister and I both discussed writing about what this last week has brought and I finally figured I should just do it.
There are a lot of crappy things that happen in our lives. We hit traffic on the way to work, making us five minutes late and think it's going to ruin our entire day. We have a fender bender, we forgot to pay a bill, cell phone broke, computer crashed, cables out, or stubbed a toe. As horrible as all of these things seem in that moment, there are worse things that can happen. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer this morning but I think we all need a reminder to look at the bigger picture.
Something happened this week that hit way too close to home for me and it's been weighing heavy on my heart. Two families lost their children in the last few days, one of which was an infant lost to SIDS. A parent shouldn't have to go through something as horrific as that and I beg for your prayers this morning. My sister works with the father of the infant, who was only a mere two weeks older than my own son. While all the details are a bit fuzzy right now, the sweet baby was lost suddenly and I can tell you for a fact, I'm hugging my own extra tight lately.
The second child was a 4 year old born with spina bifida and lost his battle yesterday. I went to school with his dad and while I didn't know him personally, one of my best friends is very close with the family and it's hit her and her husband very hard.
While I didn't know either of these children personally, it doesn't change the fact that we all need to look at the bigger picture in life. Just because you got in an argument over dirty laundry and would really like to never talk to your husband again - there are worse things that could happen. Hug your husband/wife/lover. Kiss your babies. Be a friend that can be counted on. Step up. Live your life. Tell someone you love them.
With that said, I'm beyond blessed to have a happy, healthy family and am a very lucky girl to have some of the best friends I could have ever ask for. I pray that even in hard times, they know I love them.