The Cursed Crib

“This crib is cursed!” This was the determination we came to after fifteen different people messaged us about buying the crib we were trying to sell and then backed out of the sale at the last minute. After the first two scheduled pick ups didn’t show I was frustrated, but my 14 year old daughter, Julia, said, “Mom, stop trying to sell that crib. God probably has it for some specific person.” That was a nice thought, but I kept right on trying to sell that crib. Three weeks and five more scheduled pick ups later I was beyond frustrated. Then, I received a message from a local pastor stating that he was looking for a crib for his church nursery. After talking with him and seeing the need our brothers and sisters from another church had for the crib, we decided to give the crib to them.

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Letting Your Children Go Under

Hands flew up in the air. Water splashed. Claps and cheers erupted, as I exclaimed, “A swimmer is born!” Then we all watched and waited as it all unfolded again before our eager eyes. Not one, but two of my daughters learned to swim on their own today. Their five-year-old little brother was not to be outdone. He said, “Take my puddle jumper off mom. I want to swim too.” I said, “Okay, Brogal, if you want to try you can. Mommy will stay right beside you.” I walked hand in hand out to the deep end of the pool with him. Once his feet couldn’t reach the bottom, I asked if he was ready and then let him go. He tried to keep himself afloat but sunk quickly under. I lifted him up, let him catch his breath, and then let him go again. Again he sank. Again I lifted him up. After three tries he decided he had swallowed enough water and cried and asked to go back to the shallow end of the pool. I took him back and reassured him that in time he would learn to swim on his own too. I explained that when his big sisters were his age they too went under when trying to swim and that it took a long time and lots of swallowed water before they could swim on their own.

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