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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

For Just One Moment...

 For Just One Moment - a post about Faith - Blissful and Domestic -

Just one moment was all it took. One moment she was right in front of me, I turned my head, and when I looked back she was gone. On Friday night, I went through the worst five minutes of my life. We were leaving my sis-in-law's wedding. It was late, the littles were spent from a night of dancing, laughing, and cousin play. Miss Priss, in particular, was ready to go. She was cranky and not loving the fact it was taking us a bit of time to say goodbye to the bride and groom and everyone else in between. We were leaving the reception, Miss Priss was in front of me (stomping if I remember right), and Keagan and Hubby were behind me. I turned my back for one moment to give one last goodbye, I turned back around and she was gone. I couldn't find her anywhere. At first I thought she was just a few steps ahead of us, trying to get us moving out the door. I searched, but she was nowhere to be found. That is when Hubby and I looked at each other and something changed. We realized we couldn't find our little girl. He ran back into the reception, searching for her....thinking she may have walked back to give her cousins one last hug. She wasn't there. Keagan and I started yelling her name, searching frantically. It was in this moment that my worst fear ever was coming to light. I didn't know where my child was.

As parents we all have the fear that our child will go missing. It's a nightmare we never want to endure. In those moments, when our little is gone, fear and panic take over. Time stood still. Family started helping us search. I said a prayer. Keagan said a prayer. I went to the DJ and asked him to announce her name over the microphone, in case she was somewhere hiding.....thinking all this was a game. Then I heard the words that brought tears to my eyes "We found her". What a relief that was. I have never been so angry with my daughter and so happy all in the same moment. Her Uncle Shane found her. She had walked to the elevators and decided to go up the stairs instead by herself.

She had decided to go out on her own because she thought she knew best. By the time she realized she was alone, she had gone to far. She couldn't remember the way back to the reception. She was in a big hotel, unsure of her surroundings. She did however remember a little tidbit we continually tell our children. If you get lost, stay where you are and we will find you. She sat on those stairs, knowing her family would come find her.

Seeing that freckled face again was such a blessing. I hugged her and we both cried. I told her how scared I scared we all were that we couldn't find our little girl. We told her never to walk away like that again. She is just a child and can not go off on her own. We cried on and off most of the way home. It was terrifying for the whole family.

While on the way home, we said a prayer of thanksgiving. A prayer to thank our Heavenly Father for delivering her to us. A Heavenly Father who guided my brother-in-law to where Miss Priss was. He was watching out for our family that day.

This morning I started thinking about that terrifying night. I started thinking about how sometimes in life, we are all just like Miss Priss. We stomp off, thinking we can do it all on our own. We say "I got this" and refuse the hand of our Father in Heaven. Most times we end up lost, unsure of the way back. We become lost, just like Miss Priss was, sitting on those steps, waiting for help to come. When we are lost, not sure how to get back to where we need to be, we have a Savior who will reach out his hand and guide us back. He is the way back. When we are lost and scarred, he can bring us peace.

I know that I am very blessed that nothing happen to my little one. I know that some parents are not so fortunate. My heart and prayers go out to them. I pray today you will hug your little ones a little bit tighter. I pray you will kiss them on those cheeks a little bit more. We are blessed to get to have such sweet spirits in our life. Whether it is your child, niece, nephew, granddaughter, or grandson, I pray you will cherish them today. Teach them about what to do if they get lost. Teach to know their home number. This is a lesson to teach them over and over again, so when a problem arises they are prepared. I pray that when we are going through a trial, that we do not go at it alone. God is there, willing to help, all we have to do is ask. God is good and he is always with us.

I pray for you and me today.

XO Danielle

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  1. My son is 23 now, but when he was 9 he was lost for over an hour. I'm pretty sure I aged 10 years in that time. To this day, the memory of those feelings of despair are still fresh. I was stressing before he went missing over things that were monumental at the time, but truly meaningless. I consider that hour the biggest wakeup call of my life. He was found and was okay, thank God. But that time has stayed with me for life.

  2. So scary! I'm glad she is safe. I'm teaching my 3 year old her mommy and daddy's name as well as who to ask for help if she gets lost. She now knows that all police officers are her friends. :-)

  3. Another good thing to tell them if they are lost is to find another mommy and tell them they are lost. Mommy's are the best!

  4. O - M - G. Every parent's nightmare. I felt that scared feeling even reading your post. I'm so glad she was found - safe and sound - and remembered to listen to your teachings. Beautiful post.
    My son wandered off in Walmart once when he was 5. I thought my heart would never beat again. He was returned to me by his day care teacher.... I was relieved but so embarrassed! Luckily he has never wandered from me again - and is now 12.

  5. Remeber all to well. My dad forgot to pick me up from school after girl scouts middle of winter. My leader went home and left me there with the janitor. When my dad pick me up I was inside waiting long story short my dad finally found be after my leader and principal was called before cell phones. It happen 30 years ago and I remeber as if its just yesterday.

  6. I got the feeling when I read your story. My son has run off but I usually find him around a corner. I say his name but he doesn't always respond. More than a minute I'd go crazy. I find my son is too friendly too. He talks to anyone, really anyone...afterward I'll say that was a stranger, you shouldn't talk to strangers. He'll say that's not a stranger, and I usually ask him what was his/her name? No response. Then I say, you dont know that person, they're a stranger.

  7. My daughter did that to me when she was 5. She was mad having to come inside for dinner. So she left the house to go see her friend. We found her 3 houses down. I was 5 months pregnant with my son. I sent her to her room. I was so upset and mad. Whew! That was 20 years ago and it still gets my dander up!

  8. I have had those moments in the library, at the park, my three year old is a handful. So scary, I have a fear of places that are hard to spot your kids in.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  9. that happened to my husband & I in a huge mall-our 3 year old walked right out of the book store the rest of the family was in & took off with book in hand! thank God mall security found her & reported it over the loudspeaker! I,too, was so mad/happy that i burst into tears!!! as did she & every other mom walking by!!!!

  10. I am a Mom to 7 (yes all mine, sometimes I feel like the Duggars when I say I have 7 and someone says they are all yours?), and a friend of mine brought her daughter, myself and my oldest son to the dollar theater in Utah. At the time I only had the one child so it was so much fun to go with this friend because her daughter and my son was only a day apart in age. So we went to see Herbie the Love Bug. Yes that does show my age a bit! After the movie we left and walked the mall chatting and window shopping. The next thing was the heart stopping moment where are those two? We searched, screamed, cried and panicked. Well we did find them, they went back to the movie theater to watch another run of the movie! They were 5 years old, had to get out of the mall heavy doors and into the theater with no one paying any attention to two 5 yr olds alone. As with you I didn't know rather to hug them or beat them. Then I had had our first daughter a preemie at 27 weeks, who of course was in the hospital forever it seemed like. Again the same two kids were together, her Mom had come to get our son, she was watching him while we were at the ICU with our daughter. So I went to the car to exchange car seats, hugs goodbye's and threats of being good. We told the kids stay right here while we fasten up the car seat. Look around the two are gone! Surprise right? We look over and see them holding hands looking over the rails of the parking garage! You don't want to scream and startle them, and you can't get to their side quick enough. We were able to get to them without incident, but these two were thick as thieves while growing up. And I know that's where all my GRAY hair came from. LOL He's now grown with almost 2 children of his own, and I promised him that his children would be just as mischievous as he was. So see your child is normal in all sense of the word.
    Hugs from another Mom who understands,

  11. So glad that all is well an your prayers were answered. Don't forget to write this in your journal and hers.... this is a lesson to remember. You may be surprised how you may need it some day for another life lesson or even a talk. Testimonies have been born and strengthened on such things. Believe me, I know.

  12. I am so glad your little one was safe. God does take care of us, and thank you for reminding me that when I lose my way He will come and find me.What a blessing today's message was in more ways than one.


  13. I am so glad it all turned out. My youngest used to bolt it was so scary!


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