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Gold, Common Sense and Fur
« on: Dec 24th, 2003, 5:23pm »
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My Mom sent me this story, she was amazed at how similar my childhood was with my sister and two brothers.                  
 
    Gold, Common Sense and Fur
 My husband and I had been happily (most of the time) married for five years but we had not been blessed with a baby. I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with his word as my guide. God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. The next year God blessed us with another son. The following year, he blessed us with yet another son. The year after that we were blessed with a daughter.  
 
 My husband thought we'd been blessed right into poverty. We now had four children, and the oldest was only four years old. I learned never to ask God for anything unless I meant it. As a minister once told me, "If you pray for rain, make sure you carry an umbrella." I began reading a few verses of the Bible to the children each day as they lay in their cribs. I was off to a good start. God had entrusted me with four children and I didn't want to disappoint him.
 
  I tried to be patient the day the children smashed two-dozen eggs on the kitchen floor searching for baby chicks. I tried to understand when they started a hotel for homeless frogs in the spare bedroom, although it took me nearly two hours to catch all twenty-three frogs. When my daughter poured ketchup all over herself and rolled up in a blanket to see how it felt to be a hot dog, I tried to see the humor rather than the mess.  
 
In spite of changing over twenty-five thousand diapers, never eating a hot meal and never sleeping for more than thirty minutes at a time, I still thank God daily for my children. While I couldn't keep my promise to be a perfect mother (I didn't even come close), I did keep my promise to raise them in the Word of God. I knew I was missing the mark just a little when I told my daughter we were going to church to worship God, and she wanted to bring a bar of soap along to "wash up" Jesus, too. Something was lost in the translation when explained that God gave us everlasting life, and my son thought it was generous of God to give us his "last wife."  
 
My proudest moment came during the children's Christmas pageant. My daughter was playing Mary, two of my sons were shepherds and my youngest son was a wise man. This was their moment to shine. My five-year-old shepherd had practiced his line, "We found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes." But he was nervous and said, "The baby was wrapped in wrinkled clothes." My four-year-old "Mary" said, "That's not wrinkled clothes silly. That's dirty, rotten clothes." A wrestling match broke out between Mary and the shepherd, which was stopped by an angel, who bent her halo and lost her left wing. I slouched a little lower in my seat when Mary dropped the doll representing Baby Jesus, and it bounced down the aisle crying, "Mama-mama." Mary grabbed the doll, wrapped it back up and held it tightly as the wise men arrived. My other son stepped forward wearing a bathrobe and a paper crown, knelt at the manger and announced, "We are the three wise men, and we are bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur."  
 
The congregation dissolved into laughter, and the pageant got a standing ovation. "I've never enjoyed a Christmas program as much as this one," Father Brian laughed, wiping tears from his eyes. "For the rest of my life, I'll never hear the Christmas story without thinking of gold, common sense and fur."  "My children are my pride and my joy and my greatest blessing," I said as I dug through my purse for an aspirin.
 
  A heart full of love has no room for envy.  
 
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Re: Gold, Common Sense and Fur
« Reply #1 on: Dec 24th, 2003, 10:30pm »
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Great story Andy, Thank you!
 
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Re: Gold, Common Sense and Fur
« Reply #2 on: Dec 25th, 2003, 12:15am »
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Very nice Andy.......thanks for sharing.
 
Reminiscent of the days when my 3 boys were young!
 
Speaking from experience, it's great to be a Mom.
But.........those grandchildren!!!...........they are truly a blessing!  
 
Merry Christmas to you, Andy
 
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 25th, 2003, 11:34pm »
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That reminds me of the Christmas Eve Mass with my mom when then Sean at age 4... while watching the children in the Christmas pagent come down the aisle, yelled out in his proudest voice..."Look mom its the baby from the barn and the three wise guys"........... Sean still makes me laugh...........at 22!!!
 
that story was awesome thanks and good (painfree) night to you all   ree
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Re: Gold, Common Sense and Fur
« Reply #4 on: Dec 25th, 2003, 11:57pm »
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I spent most of the day with my whole family, it was great!  and i was thinking about this story and it made me smile Smiley  and made me think back to when i was growing up about some of the things that we did. I remember having frogs and turtles, and even tadpoles whenever it would rain a lot. And i remember lots of kechup too!
 
I hope everyone had a PF Christmas, Love to you all,      ......andy
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Re: Gold, Common Sense and Fur
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26th, 2003, 6:39am »
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That was good. Thanks Andy.  
 
Hope everyone had a PF and safe time.  
 
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 26th, 2003, 7:41am »
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Great story Andy. Made me smile at Buddy's antics when he was small and some of Caleb's stuff - he's gonna be a terror, but a precious one (you're right Grandkids are GREAT! - they make up for all the child - raising years).  
 
Hope everyone had a joyful Christmas.  
 
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