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One of my favorite all-time movies is Parenthood, the old Steve Martin flick. I enjoyed it as a teen, and as a parent, I have new appreciation for the twists and turns of family life. I especially understand the Grandma’s roller coaster analogy now that I have a few more miles on my tires; life really is up and down and up and down.
Take yesterday, for instance.
Before I finished my first cup of coffee, I was en route to the ER. Simon had practiced his hopping skills a bit too close to the coffee table… and ended up missing a chunk of his ear.
Thankfully, it was nothing a little stitching couldn’t quickly fix up. Simon took it like a pro.
But still— not the way you want to start the morning. Not by a long shot.
Later that afternoon, however, we received news that Mathaus’ ACT had come in and was excellent. Not just really good, full-on excellent. No pictures of that because, well, it’s Mathaus. But still, the day felt pretty well redeemed, even if it did have a heavy whiplash element to it.
And then, this:
A phone call at 7:30 p.m. An unusual event in these here parts.
A girl pacing and smiling…
…and exploding into the biggest grin ever.
Turns out this roller coaster of a day found its way to the end of the track with exceptionally good news. Mary Hannah was accepted into the Elementary Education program at a local Christian college. She’ll be sharing more about her journey in the upcoming weeks, but for now, know this: even days that start off with you holding a bloody, wadded t-shirt to a kids’ ear in a crowded hospital waiting room can end with celebration.