Watching the magic of Christmas envelope my children through the holidays and on Christmas day was pretty special. My son asking to go to bed at 5PM on Christmas Eve and my older daughter pretend fainting with each opened present because of pure excitement was enough for me on Christmas morning. I was content and at times my heart almost burst with joy and love for my family. That itself was enough.
Hours later though when extended family members began arriving, the biggest surprise presented itself. Ez came strolling through the room pushing a stroller holding Elise and our youngest son Cal in it. I gazed on in disbelief at him then back at the stroller then back at him. I slowly stood up. I was surprised, shocked and speechless when Ez whispered in my ear that this was the stroller we had been looking at and wanting. He told me siblings and parents on both sides helped Ez purchase it for Elise and me.
I couldn't help the tears from coming. Why?! I kept thinking. Why would Ez do this and why would everyone else do this? As I looked around the room at all the wet eyes I felt an overpowering feeling of love.
Because of love Ez kept saying. They love Elise and want to help. This last week our family has been memorizing a scripture in Jude. It reads, "And some have compassion, making a difference." Ez was moved with compassion to come up with this whole surprise idea. Family members were moved with compassion and because of their compassion and love, they have made a difference for me and certainly Elise.
Just a few of the family members that helped Ez buy this for Elise me. They are the best!
This stroller means a great deal to me. It's not just any stroller. As Ez and I have again thought over our future with Elise we realized she would soon outgrow the strollers we owned. Her fifth birthday is next month and she is getting so tall. We knew we needed to get something big and sturdy enough for her soon. It would need to be something that would grow with her as she got bigger so it would need to be a fairly good quality stroller. Elise can walk and run but only for very short distances. She wears out very easily. At the end of this last summer she was able to walk all the way to our neighborhood park. It was incredible. When we began to head back home she refused quite vocally through cries that she had had enough so we put her in the stroller we had come with. We will continue to challenge her but know realistically a stroller of some sorts is needed for her.
This stroller converts to a bicycle trailer, hiking trailer and a cross country skiing trailer! (And yes it came with skis). Who knew a stroller could do so much?! It holds up to 100 lbs so it will easily grow with her. It will be a huge blessing for us so we can continue to do things as a family rather than leave a couple family members behind. This is something very important to us.
The best part....I can continue to run races with her!
I gained an even stronger testimony of families that morning. It gave me a glimpse as to how God intended families and extended families to be. Families that serve, families that are selfless and loving. Families bound together in unity because of His Son, Jesus Christ and His example. I feel so blessed and grateful to have such a family.
I can't wait to start training for our next race!
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!