Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You look just like your mom...

I get that A LOT! When I was younger and people would tell me that I looked like my mom I first thought they were crazy, and then I wouldn't know how to respond. It's not that I didn't want to look like my mom. It's just that when you are young you see your mom as "old" and think that people must certainly be on drugs if they think that someone old and someone young could possibly look the same. It seemed ridiculous!

And then, there were the times when I thought that there was no way I would ever end up like my mom. You know? I thought for sure I would be smarter and know how to handle things in a better way than she possibly could. Turns out: I was SO WRONG!!

I've always loved my mom! I just had no idea at Age 12 that I could ever understand and know her so well. Our relationship has made my love for her grow to a size that I can't ever completely or accurately express.

And now, when people say, "Oh. You look just like your mom." I say, "THANK YOU!" And when the thought crosses my mind that I might end up like my mom, I think, "I certainly hope so!"

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hiccups and Faith

Yesterday I got the hiccups. I hate the hiccups, so I have no idea why they feel they should stop and visit me every now and then. I’m not nice to them, so why do they insist on coming? And, furthermore, why do they STAY SO LONG? They are a total and complete annoyance to me. But more than an annoyance, sometimes they hurt. Seriously, they just BUG! (I was recently told that I say the word "bug" too often. Hmmm...)

So, I had the hiccups for forever yesterday (I know. That’s a long time, huh?). And, while enduring my trial of hiccups mid-day, I was reminded of a hiccup attack that I had when I had only been at my job about six months. Here is the story:

For some reason, which I can’t remember any longer, I was having a bad day and then to top it all off the hiccups snuck up on me and decided to make themselves at home for longer than desired. (Desired length is usually…um…not at all! )

One of the little girls at work, Ariana, noticed that I was not happy and asked me what was wrong. She was only 5 at the time. I told her that I was busy and that these darn hiccups were bugging! She said that I should just get rid of them. I kind of laughed at the thought. Wouldn’t that be great if I could just drop them off somewhere along the side of the road and they would no longer bug me? I told her it wasn’t that easy, you can’t just “get rid of them.”

We were walking down the stairs and as we turned the corner to go in to the kitchen she stopped me and said, “You can pray…” I stopped dead in my tracks! I thought, wow, this little girl has a lot of faith if she thinks we can just pray for my hiccups to go away. So, I said, “Alright. Will you say the prayer?” She excitedly accepted and said the most simple, honest prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for this day. Please bless that Brigitte’s hiccups will go away. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I said Amen, and immediately my hiccups were gone! Honestly – gone!!

I’m so thankful for ARIANA, for her FAITH, and for the day I had the HICCUPS so that she could teach me A VERY VALUABLE LESSON. Often times all you need is a little more FAITH!!