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I could not believe when I looked at my calendar that next week Friday will be September 1st. How can it be?

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: REPLACE




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

Shortly after we adopted our oldest son when he was six years old, he was playing in the house with a beach ball. I didn’t expect the beach ball to be able to do much damage so I let him play. Of course, not five minutes later, I watched as the ball made contact with an ostrich egg lamp my mom had bought for me when she visited Cape Town. My eyes followed the lamp as it tilted, tipped, and fell to the ground. I’d heard that ostrich eggs were quite durable and did not break easily. Whoever told me that was mistaken. This one cracked into several pieces and lay broken on the floor.

I realized in that moment that I had a choice to make. My reaction to the broken lamp would speak volumes to our newly adopted son who was waiting to see what would happen next. Would I yell? Would I punish him? Even though I was really disappointed about losing the lamp, the Lord helped me to remember that I couldn’t take it with me to heaven.

I knew he didn’t do it on purpose, so I cleaned up the pieces and threw them away.

I never found a similar lamp to replace the one I lost.






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