On Claire's birthday we went and saw "So We Bought a Zoo." The whole time I sat there with tears in my eyes thinking how heartbroken I would be to miss out on raising my children. Children are resilient. And around here, they would have a lot of support. And they would have a lot of love. But oh how utterly heartbroken I'd be to miss being with them through the thick and thin of mothering. I know, I know, I wouldn't be here to be heartbroken, but even the though of it made me misty and weepy. It hit me harder than ever how incredibly blessed I am to be right here, right now, soaking in the tough stuff along with the jubilant stuff that parenting is made out of.
So with all that recently on my mind, this story really broke my heart. The loss of a parent. That dad who will not get to raise his children, and the memory of him there physically with them, fishing with them, tucking them in bed at night will fade gradually away...it hurts to even think about. It sure looks like he's done a good job so far, but the mother is left with both the father and mother jobs and my heart reaches out to her.
Just thought I would share what this wonderful woman in Australia is doing to to help this family. Click here for more information about the auction and how to help.