Blessed Encounter

Wednesday

And suddenly there was snow! Gavin enjoyed a day off of school. I wish I could say the same for Greta. Nothing worse than missing out on the benefits of a snow day because you were sick and would have been home anyway!!

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While trying to make some semblance of the storage area above William’s office last week I stumbled upon a box of old vinyl records from when I was a kid. I smiled in recollection of some of my old favorites such as Mickey Mouse Disco and Chipmunk Punk. Of course this prompted me to purchase a portable turntable that was available in an array of different colors. I chose the light blue which was reminiscent of the one I had as a little girl. I was so excited to have it delivered yesterday and to share it with Gavin and Greta. Greta wasn’t quite ready to be captivated by the allure of old vinyl records, but Gavin was curious as to how this all worked. He asked me later in the day if he could go upstairs and play with that thing that plays frisbees. I honestly had no idea what in the world he was talking about until he elaborated, “You know… That machine with the needle that you put those black frisbees on. It plays music!?”

“Oohhh!” (Stifled laughter)

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Greta was still feeling under the weather. It was a little over 24 hours and this was all still going on for her. Again we built a sick nest for her in the “lower level” (because “basement” sounds so dank!). She has been such a good sport both times she’s been quarantined. No complaining whatsoever. But I could tell she not only felt bad physically, but she was sad. She told me with her voice cracking and tears in her eyes that she missed Nora. I can barely go an hour without sniffing and squeezing that baby. I can only imagine how hard it was to be stuck down there away from everyone. I hated that these stupid germs were keeping us all apart. Greta is such a sweet, cuddly, kind-hearted, loving, empathetic little girl. She needed extra TLC–cuddling, hugging, kissing. This is when Nana swooped in and saved the day. She came over here and got Greta to bring back to her house.

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Nana and Papa were able to love on Greta like she needs and deserves without running the risk of infecting a certain little baby girl. Greta is already feeling tons better and is actually able to keep foods and liquids down! I am so relieved and thankful for that!! Thank you so very much for your prayers for Greta! I told her lots of people were praying for her to get better and that made her smile!

After Greta and Nana left, Gavin and I headed over to Michael’s for a few things I needed for my photo archiving project(s). Nora stayed at home with her BFF Abby.

“Um, while you’re out can you pick me up some more milks? And… I need diapers… Wipes… “
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I was walking over to the scrapbooking aisles at Michael’s when I passed a woman. I smiled at her as our eyes met. She did a double take and almost continued in the opposite direction before turning back toward me, “I know you!!” she said with tears in her eyes and wrapped me up in a big warm embrace. These types of things have a habit of squeezing happy tears out of my eyes. So we just stood there hugging and crying in Michael’s oblivious to any eyebrows that might be raised on our account. I realized she must know me from this blog but I didn’t know exactly who she was at that point. She went on to explain how uplifted she has been through my writing and how Nora and my family are always in her and her her family’s thoughts and prayers. Even her grandchildren are in love with little Nornor! Each time I hear this, especially from strangers, I am completely awestruck and overwhelmed at the reminder of how God is using me. I KNOW I am not capable of rousing this kind of encouragement and faith on my own. I can actually be kind of a hot-tempered jerk at times, which is why I have no doubt that it is indeed God working through me. This dear sweet woman went on to explain that she’d sent some things to me by mail awhile back. When she told me what it was that she’d sent I knew right away who she was and was overcome with emotion remembering how her notes and her gifts had brought such brightness to days when I really needed lifting up. Is there anything sweeter than the love and benevolence of a complete stranger? Maybe because of its unexpectedness? What a blessing it was to have met you, Nila and your dear husband Steve too. I am still smiling. As I was pulling out of the parking lot I looked up and saw 3 geese in flight, equidistant from one another — no mistaking the THREE BIRDS. It was God’s signature on that moment that had just transpired, perfectly authored and carried out by Him as if to say, “Yes! That was Me! Make no mistake!” I think we BOTH needed that chance intended encounter!!

Thursday

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Someone got all tired out after their bath this morning.
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Greta is feeling tons better and is able to eat again. She is staying another night with Nana and Papa and will probably stay home from school again tomorrow. I read on CDC’s website that you can still be contagious for 3 days after symptoms have subsided. Is it any wonder this crap is spreading around like wildfire?!
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Gavin is such a good big brother! They both miss their sister!
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Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.
(1 Peter 4:8-10 NET)

7 thoughts on “Blessed Encounter

  1. FOR GRETA

    Dear Greta:
    You don’t know me but because of Nornor and the blog I’m also praying for you and sending you tons of love across the ocean ( I live in Spain; ask Mommy to show you in a world map where it is ). It seems I’m far away from Cinci but truth is love doesn’t know of distances, nationalities or languages.
    I’m so happy you ‘re staying with Nana and Papa!!. I felt sad of thinking you’d be alone quarantining downstairs…. You’re learning from a very young age that love comes with sacrifice , as you have to be far from Nornor when you have a bug. But I can assure you it is always worth it!!.
    You always brighten my day when I see your big smile in the photos.
    Hope you feel much better. I love you !!
    Tons of kisses,
    Maria

  2. I ALSO WANT TO SEND GRETA A LITTLE MESSAGE. YOU ARE SUCH AN AWESOME BIG SISTER, AND I AM SURE NORA MISSES YOU TOO. TELL NANA AND PAPA I ADMIRE THEM, THEY ALWAYS KNOW WHEN YOU SEEM TO NEED THEM THE MOST. I TOO AM SO GLAD YOU ARE FEELING SO MUCH BETTER. I LOVE THAT BIG SMILE THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE, IT SURE SEEMS TO BRIGHTEN THE ROOM, I KNOW IT BRIGHTENS MY DAY. I LOVE YOU GRETA AND I HOPE THAT YOU FEEL SO MUCH BETTER THAT YOU CAN BE UP STAIRS WITH NORA FOR THE WEEKEND. SORRY YOU DID NOT GET TO PLAY IN THE SNOW, BUT YOU GOT TO DO SOMETHING BETTER, GO TO NANA’S AND PAPA’S!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU SWEETIE. I LOVE THE PICTURE OF GAVIN KISSING ON NORA. BOTH THE BIG KIDS LOVE THEIR BABY SISTER SOOOOO MUCH. YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD BIG BROTHER. HOPE YOU GOT TO HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW. MY MOTHER HAD ONE OF THOSE RECORD PLAYERS. I CAN REMEMBER US KIDS PLAYING IT A LOT. I LOVE THE THREE BIRDS IN THE BUSH. A REMINDER GOD IS THERE WITH YOU AND EVERYTHING IS GOING BE OK. ALSO ALEISA, I AM SO HAPPY YOU RAN INTO A “FRIEND” AT MICHAEL’S. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW EXCITED THAT LADY WAS WHEN SHE REALIZED WHO SHE JUST WALKED PAST. SO GLAD SHE TURNED AROUND AND SAID SOMETHING TO YOU. THAT WAS SUCH A GOOD BLESSING FOR BOTH YOU AND HER. AS USUAL NORA LOOKS SO SWEET IN THE PICTURES, BUT OF COURSE SHE ALWAYS DOES. BET NORA IS WONDERING WHERE HER SISTER HAS BEEN. GUESS I WILL CALL IT A DAY AND GET READY FOR BED. HOPE YOU ALL GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

  3. Oh Aleisa, when Greta feels better, let me know so I can bring my 45s over and we can have a dance party!! What a wonderful blog, and thank you for being you and the awesome writer that you are!!!

  4. Alesia,
    I have to ask the weirdest question…just how much lotion are you going through for your poor skin with all of those warm baths? Between winter and several baths a day you probably need a giant vat of olive oil at this point. I know I would! I heard 3 Little Birds this morning and it always gives me a boost, as does your site every day!

    Cheers,
    April

  5. To Greta:
    Hope you are feeling better today. Going to Nana’s and Papa’s was a special treat so they could love and spoil just you. You are very special to them and they love having you by yourself. Nora says thats okay because she’s happy you got spoiling time just for you. She misses you but wants you to share your time with other people too. When you are well, she looks forward to your cuddles and kisses.
    For Nora, I love the picture of you right after Gavin and the records. You really look darling in the pose. xoxo

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