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An incredibly strange Easter....

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last night I watch a movie called Tears in the Sun. I cried through most of it. It reminded me of who I am. Someone who would fight til the end for those who need it most. Then, this morning after waking up to the beautiful day, I found a video to post to Facebook that reminds us all our redeemer lives. After that I made Rob and I coffee. Shortly thereafter I got a knock at the door from my eldest daughters friends parents. They wanted to know if I had seen their daughter who apparently ran away last night. I told them I hadn't seen or heard from her but we exchanged numbers and I let them know I would call them if I heard anything. While filling in my dear husband of the morning, my middle daughter chimed in with, "Oh you know?" I asked "Know what?" Of course she quickly went into panic mode and fear washed over me. "KNOW WHAT?!" I demanded, and she started crying. "WHERE IS SHE?" I asked sternly! "Laura made me promise not to tell" she cried. I stormed past her and threw open my eldest daughters room door to see both she and the run away girl fast asleep in her room. As you can imagine, I already knew what had happened. The girl felt safety in our home, and yet I knew we were unintentionally harboring a run away. So I woke them up and began asking questions. Our oldest started crying and they both revealed the bruises and scratches that the girls mother had left on her in the middle of the night prior to her running away. Well, immediately I called 911. Once the police arrived and reports were written, we were given instructions as to what to do and how to do it. We followed them to the letter. By later in the afternoon the police were back to escort her to the hospital for further evaluations. She needs a lot of prayer as do her family. I will not reveal her name of course, but please...pray for her. She is 15 and because she threatened to harm herself if she had to go back to her house, I am sure she has been admitted for more than just the scratches her mother supposedly left behind. Again, I feel good that she felt safe in coming here, but am troubled that our daughter didnt come to us about all this. Her excuse was because she had never witnessed anything like this before, she didnt know what to do. She says she has learned valuable lessons and knows now that nothing is too great or too evil to tell us about. I also believe she had another glimpse of how well our family truly has it. We have been blessed in many ways, but the most important way is how we love each other and fight FOR each other, never against each other.

I did manage to fit in a workout. 25 minutes of weight lifting. My heart surely is heavier than the weights however, and like I said...I'm grateful for many things...but also very sad. Please...pray. Thank you.
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    I once did the same thing as your daughters when I was a kid for a neighbour but the reason wasn't as huge as the poor girl - I hope the girl gets treatment and solutions to survive, it's really sad when own parents do terrible things to their kids! I think the girl was lucky to have your family as support, who knows what happen if she just ran away somewhere in the middle of night with unknown dangers from suspicious strangers.
    1788 days ago
    Wow. what a emotional time for you, your daughters and the girl who 'ran' from home.
    glad she had a safe place like your home to go to. I will say a prayer that all works out and everyone gets the help they need.
    1788 days ago
    Glad to hear that you did the right thing. And that you have a safe home for your children.
    1791 days ago
    I am 60 years old. A classmate of mine was in exactly the same situation when she was 15. We all knew about it - as did many of our parents - yet in that time and place (mid- to late-sixties) everyone looked the other way. Today, she has many emotional scars, and suffers from mental issues that were never addressed, a very sad story...

    You are entirely correct: what you did was exceedingly difficult, but the right thing to do. There may be small comfort in that, but at the same time, you are showing your daughters that while such decisions are so hard to make, they are generated from loving concern.

    You did the right thing.

    1791 days ago
    Wow, that is a lot to deal with. Your family is very lucky to have you. Especially your daughters...to have a rational and understanding mother is so important to a young girl. Also, way to go with fitting in a work!

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    1791 days ago
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