Friday, December 26, 2014
Posted by Heather Henricks at 5:58 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Somewhere between the first verse and chorus of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" I teared up. We were all sitting in our favorite pew at church, standing and worshipping the Lord. My daughters are all 3 very great singers, and it truly felt like I was in the middle of a choir. They were singing parts, and I paused for a second just to enjoy the sound of their trio. To say it was beautiful would be minimizing it. It was angelic. I felt so blessed to have been the audience of one to their mini-concert. I love it when we all sit together at church. We are unified with our presence, even if we all hear the words differently and process the content differently. I love the routine that "church" is for our family. It is a KNOWN. All we do is come with a heart that is ready. December is a favorite time for us, mostly because of the music. Christmas carols, traditional hymns, advent candles. We love the whole shebang.
Posted by Heather Henricks at 12:05 AM
Thursday, December 4, 2014
A little over 13 years ago, I was married to a man who walked out on his family. Our children were 2 1/2 and 6 months old. I begged and pleaded for him to stay, to do the "right thing". He left. Turns out, the right thing was that we wouldn't be married to each other any more. Experts would probably say that we shouldn't have EVER married. But we did. I don't mourn or miss him. Over the years, I mourned what "should have been" and "what I planned", but I have always believed (and still do) that in man's mess, God can be even bigger. And God was. In so many ways. More ways than I can even write in a single blog post. Mostly, God chose to give to me and my oldest 2 daughters the gift of our Patrick. Husband and step-dad extraordinaire. Add to that our 2 younger children and you have the gift with a BOW on it. We are blessed. We were taken care of, not by a man, but by our Father in heaven and for that we are so grateful.
Tonight was new.
Because of our parenting plan, I have taken my 2 oldest daughters over to their dads house 2-3 times a week for 12 years. Tonight, my oldest daughter took she and her sister. In her car. She. Drove.
It has been a strange night for me. I'm so thankful that I don't have to interrupt our regular life and schedule to drive my older girls over to their dads. I'm so happy that I don't have to endure how upset and angry they are when they have to go to their dads. I'm so relieved that I'm "off the hook" from even entering the space of "that world over there". BUT...
It's what we've known. Even for my 2 little people - it's what we have always done. Every Monday and Thursday night... since FOREVER...this is our routine. Over the years, I've taken the girls to many different places that their dad called "home". Different addresses, same routine. And now... we have a new routine. And it is such a relief. And SO new. And so wonderful. And so terrifying. How can so many emotions exist at one time???
God's grace has been poured out on us so many times over the last 12 years. I couldn't recall them all even if I tried. And here, tonight, is another example of that grace. The big girls made it to their dad's safely, we at home were awarded peace and calm because we didn't have to rush across town. It's the end of an era for me. The place where I longed to be, so many years ago. Free. And here we are.
There's a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for me when I embrace what is to be celebrated. Because the bottom line is...
This is good. Really good. My sweet 16 year old is responsible and capable to drive herself and her sister. That ALONE is to be celebrated.
Until then... I will ponder. And be grateful, SO grateful.
Posted by Heather Henricks at 8:54 PM