Lila, along with the rest of the country, went back to school today. I mentioned in one of my previous posts how worried I am about the upcoming school year because of the combined classes. Lila's sweet teacher read the post and e-mailed me last night to reassure me. We are so blessed to have her as one of Lila's teachers. (And I'm not just saying that because she reads my blog sometimes. Trust me.) While I was feeling better about the school situation I heard some horrible news yesterday that I just couldn't stop thinking about. An 18 year old girl that I hadn't seen in over 10 years died in a car accident on Sunday in Texas. She was driving with a friend when an oncoming car crossed over the line. She was killed on impact and her friend died the next day. I had worked with both of her parents for about 6 years. Her dad, who travels a lot, was home for the long weekend and was there with his wife when the police knocked at the door. That would be devastating news to hear but I'm so thankful that at least her parents were together when they got the news of their daughter's death. I really can't stop thinking about this. I realize that things like this happen every single day. Yesterday it just happened to affect me in a very distant way. I didn't know this girl. I really don't even know her parents anymore, yet they have been on my mind all day. It makes you think, ya know? Those people were just going about their business, and all of a sudden, BOOM. Life as they knew it is over. And sometimes it takes something like this to shake you. This shook me. I'm hearing a little voice saying, "Get your priorities in order. Focus on what's important. Reach out to people that are hurting. Be Jesus' hands and feet to those around you." Sometimes I get so caught up in my life, my stuff. My daughter has Down Syndrome so I need to help her be all that she can possibly be. My older kids have big decisions to make and I want to be there for them and help them in any way I can. My husband isn't exactly thrilled with his job, and I'm a little worried about him. Oh, and I need to work out, my roots are showing, blah, blah, blah. Obviously I can't stop living and I can't stop taking care of my family. But there are things that I can change. Some of my priorities need to shift a bit. I'm going to work on that.
I guess I'll blog about Lila's first day of school tomorrow.
Hug your precious family today~