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Lent #14: Unexpected Changes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This charming little munchkin is my great niece. Her name is Lexi Grace. Lexi was born on July 29, 2009, at just 25 weeks gestation, weighing 1 lb and 5 ounces. She has several health challenges...some of which are related to her being a micro-preemie, and some of which are related to her having Dandy-Walker Syndrome. I'm writing about Lexi today, because I heard something in this week's sermon that made me think of her...

The pastor told of a family who had a baby with Down's Syndrome...the father said this about having a child with developmental challenges:

"When we found out we were pregnant, it was as if we were planning a trip. A journey to raise a new child in our family. When we learned of the Down's Syndrome, it was not as if the trip was cancelled, but the itinerary changed. We were planning a trip to London, but now the trip was to Paris instead. It's a very different trip than the one we originally planned for, but it's still a wonderful trip!"

My niece and her husband are fantastic both Lexi and her older sister Ava. I can't begin to understand what it's like to navigate the everchanging itinerary of parenting 2 young children, but their grace and humor and steadfastness as parents is heroic, in my mind.

For some of us, the "change in plans" has been less dramatic... Regardless of the details of our individual journeys, unexpected changes can be distressing. I found the analogy of a trip itinerary to be very helpful...

When we encounter unexpected changes...changes in our itinerary...changes in our families or close relationships...remember that even when the scenery's still a trip, and the trip can still be wonderful...even though different than we had originally envisioned.

I do not usually enjoy unexpected changes...change aggravates me, and feels like a loss of control. This sermon illustration was helpful to me, because I can apply it to any situation.

Even though I might not welcome change, this simple story will remind me that a new trip can be just as wonderful as the one I had originally planned, whether it's a trip around the world, or a trip to the grocery store.
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    Susie what a wonderful way to think of things. And what a beautiful picture of you and Lexi she is adorable as are you. emoticon

    I find this helpful in what just happened with Tigerlily. She was our trip to London and what a wonderful trip it was starting out to be. But then the itinerary and now with the arrival of two new fur babies in May our trip will be to Paris and twice the adventure.

    Thank you so much for your always so welcomed wisdom. God Bless You Abundantly my Wonder Friend.
    2176 days ago
    Very Nice! I don't like change either, but of course it's going to happen no matter what. It's so much better to look at it in a positive way.
    2182 days ago
    Thank you for checking in on my page. This was the perfect reminder for me this week. I am committed to enjoying whatever journey God plans. This week has had many unexpected big and little detours and curves, and will continue to be so for the remainder. My goal is to enjoy the surprises and be grateful that my life is not boring or monotonous.
    Thank you for, again, sharing little Lexi. I love being reminded of miracles. What a blessing. I know that is why I have passionately loved my career. Miracles happen every day.
    You are wonderful!
    2183 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - what a beautiful way to look at the unexpected turns the roads in our lives sometimes take!!
    2183 days ago
    Wonderful blog Susie!
    WTG Lexi! WTG Susie!

    2183 days ago
    Beautiful blog!
    2183 days ago
    Beautiful blog:) Absolutely beautiful child too:)
    2183 days ago
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