Today’s guest post is by Rachelle Sparks, author of Once Upon a Wish – True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children. Enter to win a copy of this excellent book here.
Moms are busy. We are changing diapers, running errands, picking up, dropping off, cooking, cleaning, planning…….
The list goes on and on. If you’re like me, your heart is filled with an irreplaceable, giddy kind of love for your children every second of the day. And even though sometimes it’s hard to hide behind frustrations and those moments that make you want to run away from home, it is always there. Always.
We kiss our kids before bed, we high-five them when they scribble “pictures” on pieces of paper or go potty on the toilet for the first time. We hold them and laugh at their silliness and live in imaginary jungles and oceans with them. They are our everything. And each day, they grow and become everything they are meant to become.
And what a beautiful place it is for us moms to stand in the wake of their successes, watching them play and learn and grow. This is the life of most moms, but not all.
Some moms pray each day for their child’s health – for their recovery, their strength, their ability to live another day. My book, “Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children,” tells the stories of eight of these moms.
But please don’t be afraid: this is not a book of sadness or gloom or death. This is a book that celebrates eight unbelievably strong moms and dads, Wish children, and their siblings. Each story journeys the life of the family, from diagnosis to wish, and there are so many parallels that can be drawn and applied to our own lives, as well as invaluable lessons that can be learned.
At any moment, our lives can become theirs. Our child could become seriously ill. How would we deal? How would we deal with anything unexpected in our lives? We don’t know until those things happen.
That’s the bottom line. We can always try to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, but until they happen to us, we have no idea. We might shut down. We might live in denial. We might face it head on. We might rely on others to get us through.
The moms of the kids featured in my book cried, laughed, prayed their way through these unexpected situations they were forced to face. Some faced the situations head on, strong and certain. Some cried their way through it. Others prayed deeper and harder than they ever had before, and their faith pulled them through.
They are all different. The one commonality? These families all went from changing diapers and running errands, picking up, dropping off, cooking, cleaning, and planning, to dealing with nightmares that the rest of us can only pray about never, ever having to face.
But they did. They faced them for us. And they graciously shared their stories so I could share them with you.
I am so passionate about being a mom. I love my two boys, ages 3 & 5, more than anything. Toddler boys; they are dirty, and messy, and loud. They are schemers, and negotiators, and mischief-makers. But they are my little loves. I can’t imagine life without their big messes or challenging attitudes. I can’t imagine any other life, and frankly, I don’t want to. I want to live and love every moment of life with my two smart, fun, healthy boys. I never want to take that for granted.
“Once Upon A Wish” is not only a reminder that life can change at any moment, it’s a book that makes us realize how good we have it. And it’s not about reading depressing stories to make us realize what we have. We already know it. I will admit that, at times, these stories are difficult to read. They are real. They are roller-coaster rides of emotions –but more importantly, they are reminders of how strong the human spirit is and how, in times of difficulty, it can prevail.
We can apply the strength, resilience, determination, and coping mechanisms of these families’ and apply them to the difficulties in our own lives – because we all have them. This book has the intent and power of opening our eyes and minds to other ways of thinking. It makes us realize our true potential and offers ways to overcome obstacles, just as these very special families did.
Throughout parenthood and beyond, we have no control over what we face in life. We cannot control what occurs on the outside of our lives, but we have all the power in the world to control what lies within.
I hope you’ll read my book because I am certain that there will be one story – or one moment, or one perspective – that might change your life.
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