Wednesday, November 29, 2006

You Knew (revised)

I seem to be falling back into something I went through months ago -- not sleeping good. I guess it's a menopausal thing. I like to sleep and I need to sleep. OK, what is that we tell everyone when they can't sleep? Pray. Spend time with God. God woke you for a reason. Don't count sheep -- talk to the shepherd. Yea, well, that sounds great. It's easy to say that. It can be very hard to do it yourself. When in my sleeplessness, I find myself repeating this one prayer over and over: "Dear Lord, PLEASE let me go back to sleep."

This morning around 2:00 I woke up -- wide awake. I began chanting my prayer, "Dear Lord, PLEASE let me go back to sleep." I began reminiscing over recent events -- mostly about new babies being born into the family: a new grandchild, Adisyn, and a new cousin, Hayden. Two precious little baby girls born to two precious young women.

Now, let's go back to the beginning of the story. This is a true story but I like to begin it this way.

Once upon a time there were two young girls, Helen and Doris. They were cousins as their fathers (Melvin and Cecil) were brothers. Helen and Doris spent a lot of time together as young girls and after both married they ended up in the same town. As a matter of fact, they ended up in the same neighborhood. In this neighborhood they raised they raised their children. Doris's daughter, Sheryl, and Helen's daughter, Karen, were about the same age. They played together and when they learned to drive they began to ride to school together. Sheryl and Karen stayed close and they actually married within months of each other and the couples stayed close. They each had two children that were born 9 months apart. Of those children were Karen's daughter, Mandi, and Sheryl's daughter, Cara. Cara and Mandi saw each other from time to time and mostly at the Family Reunion we have every year on the second weekend of June. Cara and Mandi begin calling each other when it's close to reunion time. Neither of them want to go if the other one is not going. They love to team up and do a very good job of it. In the most recent years they have become the BINGO Nazi Duo.

Well, here we are, Mandi has had two children (Josiah and Ava Beth) with one on the way. Cara just had her little baby girl, Hayden. We were at the baby shower for Ezekiel (Mandi's baby boy due in January) just days ago. I looked at Ava Beth looking over at Adisyn and then at Hayden. It hit me: This is major family ties here.

Cara and Mandi have become very close as they both have children now. They talk on the phone almost everyday. Sheryl and I still talk on the phone and we email back and forth. Sheryl and I live about 2 miles apart.

Let's recap:
Doris and Helen: first cousins
Sheryl and Karen: third cousins
Cara and Mandi: fifth cousins
Hayden and Ava Beth: seventh cousins

Who knew? God knew!

God knew way back when Cecil and Melvin were born that through them would come this awesome family. There is so many more in this family but I think this story is worth telling. God knew how much I would need Sheryl in my life. Sheryl has been a rock for me when I had nothing but sinking sand. Cara and Mandi have been so much fun for each other and have shared so much laughter. Now, they encourage each other and build each other up. They make each other feel good about themselves.

Lord, I thank you for the family I have. I thank you for the Godly heritage we have. It is powerful and it is assuring. Keep close watch over all of us, Doris, Helen, Sheryl, Karen, Cara, Mandi, Ava Beth and little Hayden. This is no accident. This has Your handprint all over it. You have orchestrated a love and bond that comes from what You designed it for: FAMILY. Through all the struggles in our lives and all of the unknowns we have had; YOU KNEW. Amen


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and Mandi both are such a blessing! I don't know what I would do without Mandi right now...she encourages me!!!


12:16 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Cara, it is a blessing to know we all have each other. Families are packaged differently these days. However, with all the divorce and remarriage I think ours is unique and blessed to be able to have that many generations of women who love each other and support each other. Women who just let the love of Jesus shine through them. I do not believe I have ever heard the term "seventh cousin" before. Isn't that cool. Hayden, Ty and Drew have 7th cousins and they are MY grandchildren! I love it. I love you.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Cara, I called today but I could not find Hayden's mommy ANYWHERE! Does she have her snow suit ready?

3:43 PM  

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