Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Am I a Fireman Yet?

I love this story! I'm not sure who wrote it! I wish I could give the author credit, I hope it encourages and inspires your day!

Am I A Fireman Yet??

In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6-year-old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now, that was no longer possible, the leukemia would see to that. Nevertheless, she still wanted her son's dream to come true.

She took her son's hand and asked, “Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?'”

“Mommy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up”

Mom smiled and said,” Let’s see if we can make your wish come true”Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob and explained her son's final wish. She asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine. Fireman Bob said, “Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you’ll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy -- one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They’re all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast.”

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic's van, and even the fire chief's car. He was even videotaped for the local news program. Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.

One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse began to call the family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a firefighter in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. The chief replied, “We can do better than that. We will be there in five minutes, will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to h is room?” About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window and 16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy' s room. With his mother's permission, they hugged him, held him, and told him how much they LOVED him.

With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said, “Chief, am I really a fireman now?"

“Billy, you are, and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand” the chief said.

With those words, Billy smiled and said, “I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and The angels have been singing” Then closed his eyes one last time.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing”1 Thessalonians 5:11

Friday, August 15, 2008

Catching Up and Breathing Again

I haven't posted in months. I was talking to my dear friend, Lorilylee, yesterday and catching up and we talked about our webshots pages and the online bible studies and the online friends that we have got so behind on keeping up with.

But life takes so many twists and turns and my life fell apart... I know Jesus has been watching over me the whole time. It just hasn't always felt like it...

My husband and I were separated in January. We felt that we were done with our marriage and filed for divorce. In March as we were negotiating for the custody of the children we found as we started talking again that we had both been praying we really wanted to be the people God wants us to be....whether we were together, married or not, we were praying that we would be he parents that we are supposed to be, that God would help us to be strong for our kids and to always be kind to eachother as friends and as parents to them. We started counseling and got back together in June and we are working hard to put Jesus first and serve eachother in our relationship. I receive daily devotionals from a web site called Proverbs 31 and received a devotional today called "Cultivating a Beautiful Marriage" written by Micca Monda Campbell I posted on her blog ideas about how my husband and I have been rebuilding our relationship and realized I should share here what I shared there, so here is part of what I wrote in her comments section:

One thing we have been doing because of our counseling together is called "the penny game." We each have a jar and when we do something that makes the other feel loved, affirmed or special in some way we get a penny. As we put the penny in the jar we have to say why our spouse is getting the penny. It often results in lots of giggles, kisses and hugs and has been a really fun way of saying how we feel to and about eachother.

We have also made a commitment to spending quality time every day. We have been doing this by holding hands or hugging and praying before he leaves for work in the morning and doing a devotion or reading something together and talking about it before bed.

The other thing that we did was to take an outing to the dollar store. Each of us were assigned to search for something that in some way represented our spouse to us. I gave my husband "superman" stickers... saying he is my hero and he is stuck with me :) My husband bought me a pooh bear chalk set. He said that Pooh bear represents Christopher Robins greatest treasure and that is what I am to him and the chalk represents my artistic nature. We were both so touched by eachother's gifts even though they only cost $1.00. They meant so much more!

May God help us to love and treasure and encourage eachother always!

hugs, Keri