Saturday, September 27, 2008
Well, I was supposed to go to a new group meeting for brunch that was starting up this morning called, "Lonely Hearts Club" for women who are sending kids off to college. This group is starting up due to so many women in our church going through this "empty nest" phase. Well, this morning at about 7:30, I was snoozing away when the phone rang. David (God bless him!) jumped up to go in the kitchen and answer it, closing the door so I could continue to sleep. Later, after he knew I was awake, he came in and brought me some coffee (DON'T YOU LOVE THIS MAN?), and sat down on the bed's edge. He told me that the women's brunch was cancelled this morning. So I asked why.
Here's where it gets tough to write. He tells me that one of my daughter's friends in our church, also a freshman in college, was driving home late last night from North Carolina State where she's in school, and crashed her car. She died in the hospital during the night. Apparently she was supposed to get home at around 11:00, and her mom and dad started to worry. Then they got the news, probably from the police or emergency crew. This is killing me, because I have watched Chelsea (girl's name) grow up from the age of about 6 years old. Her mom is a dear friend to me and my heart is breaking for her and for their family. Chelsea was the youngest of three children, and the only one that had never given her parents any trouble. The older two were adopted and were very rebellious in their teenage years. Thankfully, things in their lives are now settled down and in order. Ryan, their middle kid, has been fighting in Iraq, and we all have spent many hours praying for and thinking about him. Now this. I'm totally at a stand-still about what to do. I haven't told my children yet about this. Carol is home for the weekend, upstairs sleeping, and I hope I can tell her in the right way. You guys are the first to know from me about this!
I have to lead Sunday School in the morning, for a bunch of women in our church. I just don't know if I can do it!
Thanks for letting me ramble about this. I'm still digesting it all.