Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My little Chloe

Ryan and Chloe have been little buddies since Chloe came home from China at 18 months of age. She has been upset about him going into the *rmy and sleeps with--or wears--the *rmy shirt he was given when he enl*sted.

Tonight, after being put to bed, she came down about an hour later, just sobbing. When I asked her what was wrong, she gulped out, "I don't want Ryan to get hurt in the *rmy."

My heart turned over. I took her in my arms and tried to comfort her, but everything I said sounded so lame. She sobbed and sobbed and I finally offered to let her call Ryan to try to calm her down. Thankfully, he answered his cell phone right away and talked to her.

She is lying on the couch near me because she can't get to sleep, due to worrying about Ryan. Poor little punkin. Molly and I prayed with her and she nodded her head earnestly when I told her that we have to trust God and ask Him to give us courage and peace so that we don't worry every day.

I guess this will be a good time to have her memorize Matthew 6:27, 'Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?'

When he was getting senior pictures taken, he insisted on having Chloe in a few of them.


Cari Bacon said...

That is so precious! If our own children touch our hearts that way, just imagine how God feels about us. It's a great feeling to know that we are loved AND protected.

Holly said...

I know how hard it is as a Mom to see your kids worry and grieve.
Tomorrow is our last day together...he leaves Friday for Iraq.
I will be quoting that verse in Matthew along with Chloe.
Huge steps of faith.

trustandobey said...

Praying for Ryan !!!

Holly said...

I was thinking about your Chloe last night. I think I would tell her that right now Ryan is learning things about how to be a soldier. After basic training he will have an AIT course...since I don't know what his MOS is, I have no idea how long his AIT will run, but I think it's safe to tell her that for a few months anyway, Ryan won't be in harm's way at all, he will just be learning.
So Chloe can pray that God helps Ryan to be physically strong and mentally sharp. Cross the depl*yment bridge when you have to...if you have to.
Thanks for your prayers.
Can you believe that my husband is spending his last full day here at the office. Yeah. Even he doesn't know why.

Lori said...

Oh my gosh, my eyes are plunking out tears! That is sooo precious. What a tender heart your Chloe has. Such a sweet, sweet girl. I will be praying for her as well as Ryan!

And I love that Ryan wanted her in his senior pictures! That is priceless. What wonderful children you have!!

Cami said...

Thank you so much for the comments. BTW- 'Cali' is my little sister's name (the girl from China) my name is Cami! :) But i know you must be under a lot of stress.:) I am going to change my website's name! is the new name!