Fall Season of Miracles: Watching My Children Grow and Succeed

This summer,  my friend's son suffered a terrible tragedy: he was paralyzed after diving into the James River in Richmond. I wrote a post about it last month, Life Can Change in an Instant...

Despite the fact that I did not know him personally, and haven't been in touch with his father since college, my husband and I were profoundly shaken by this tragedy. Here was a 16 year old, athletic, teenage boy who was taking advantage of a bright sunny day on a summer afternoon and,  by the time the afternoon ended, his life was left forever changed.

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of how quickly life can change--and how quickly it changed for their whole family.

As I watch my children, 2 in college and one in high school, begin Kids at Disney 2000the transformation into young adults, I have a new, and very strong, appreciation for the miracle that I am witnessing. The process of growth from infancy to adulthood and beyond is truly a miracle. When they were babies, we celebrated it daily, but the miracle at this stage is just as profound. And often overlooked.

Sometimes we can get complacent with life; we fret about the small stuff instead of savoring the small joys. I know my friend would give anything to see his son get up and grab a soda from the fridge and wouldn't think twice if the can were left on the counter. I know that they are witnessing their own daily  miracle as skills that, only a month ago, seemed impossible or improbable, slowly become possible for their son.

We bring our children into this world knowing that the only certainty is that we have no idea the path they will follow. We have hopes and dreams and plans for our children.  In the end, we truly have no idea how their journey will spread before them. Our plans are really only our wish for them.

Kids 2011It seems too easy to say that the miracle I am celebrating this fall is the miracle of my children as they grow and succeed along the path of life. But after being reminded, in such a heartbreaking way, how quickly and unexpectedly life can change, their ever changing dreams and achievements are an amazing miracle to me--every single day.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsHolly Weatherwax • October 21 2011 07:29AM


Hello Holly - You are so right! Life can change in an instant! Its so important to cherish those you love!

Posted by Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas (RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland) over 7 years ago

Holly, this is a special and heartfelt post and we all need to appreciate the love ones and their lives that are blessed everyday with us...thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Holly,  It becomes so easy to take our family for granted on a  day to day basis.  Your post is a wonderful reminder of the specialness of those closest to us.  You have a lovely family

Posted by Mary M. Kandell (Russell Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Holly, this is a wonderful post.  I have printed it and bookmarked it!  It is a reminder that life can change in an instant and it can happen to anyone at anytime.  I will reread this post to remind myself not to sweat the small stuff!

Posted by Delores Campbell, Your St. Louis Real Estate Resource (Keller Williams Realty - Chesterfield) over 7 years ago


What a wonderful post to help us keep in mind what really IS important in our lives. So often business becomes paramount over family, and we take family life and all its blessings for granted. Your story illustrates so well how quickly that can change.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Holly:  We all get complacent and need to constantly remind ourselves to live each day as if it were our last. You will touch many with this story and give them reminders as well.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 7 years ago

Holly, life can change in an instant, in horrific ways, in amazing ways. Yet those small things that happen every day are a blessing indeed.

Gratitude... says it all I think.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Hi Holly!  Was your friend's son rendered a para- or quadriplegic?  My husband is a quadriplegic and there is life after such a life-altering accident!  His accident was at age 22 and he had to go back to college to learn a new 'trade' and became a software engineer with Bank of America.  He worked there for 15 years and is completely independent!  He has raised two boys--and done so beautifully--and has been a fabulous husband!  I hope your friend's son masters independence and has the wonderful life that my husband has enjoyed!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 7 years ago

Life is about counting our blessings and enjoying every moment around the ones we love!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 7 years ago

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