What A Blessing!
I'm writing to share something our daughter recently
said that touched my heart, but first I want to thank you for creating
this wonderful website AND for making it "family friendly". My
and I enjoy reading your daily email messages and browsing through the
Defining Moments pages. And your "Up Close and Personal"
are ... well, they speak right from your heart to ours. Bless
Because your site is so family friendly we started leaving your site up
on our computer when we walk away from it, hoping our children might
take an interest. The Quak Trax pages were the first to catch
attention because they're so funny (and, fortunately CLEAN! Not
to mention, it was because we were laughing so hard one day that first
caught their attention!), but
lately the older ones have also become interested in the Defining
Moments and Up Close and Personal pages. I'm writing this to you
your new Miracles! page, because frankly what happened in our lives is
a blessing and a wonderful miracle!
Our 16-year-old daughter,
Christie, is very popular in school and that,
of course, means she attracts a lot of friends. Unfortunately,
that sometimes can include some that we think
aren't really the nicest to be around (fortunately Christie
agrees!). We're raising our children with
high standards, to value themselves, and to "choose the right".
though they're surrounded by family, friends, and teachers (at school
and at church) that support our efforts, there's still so much
negative around them (sometimes hidden from our view), that if we're
not careful, it can creep in and do so
much damage before we can wipe it out. Pressures to
get involved with smoking, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. are all around our
children. We do the best we can, and then pray.
Over the holidays
Christie was invited to a party and because of the
friends she was going with we agreed she could go. When she came
earlier than expected that evening, and in an unusually quiet mood, we
were concerned. She's never had a problem with talking to
my husband or I, and that evening was no different.
She came in and sat down
on the end of our bed, paused for a moment
like she was trying to find the right words, and then said, "Thanks,
Mom and Dad. Thanks for being the kind of parents you are and for
bringing me up right. Thanks for teaching me to choose the
it wasn't for you, and all you do for me and Kenny, Matt & Carly
[our younger children],
it would be so easy to lose our way.
"Tonight there were some
kids at the party that shouldn't have been
there. They were trying to get some of us to do things we didn't
to do. Linda's parents were in the other room, heard the
came in to find out what was going on, and then told the bad kids to
leave. They were trying to make me and my friends feel like we
losers because we wouldn't go along with them. I'm not a
KNOW I'm not! You've helped me see that. You've helped me
see who I
really am and the potential I have for my future and I don't want to
mess that up."
As she began to softly
cry out of relief that this ordeal was over, my
husband and I got up out of bed and sat down on each side of her and
together shared a family hug. We praised her for her choices and
her how much we love her and that we'll always be here for her.
she looked at us and said something we wanted to share with you.
Would you do me a favor? Would you write to the Change
Your Stars! website and tell them thank you, too. Hearing
from your parents is one thing, and you guys are great. I know
unusual for a teenager to admit something like that to their parents,
but I really mean it. But everything you've taught me has also
echoed on that website and I always feel so good after I've read some
passages there. It's fun to browse around and pick out one of
Defining Moments pages, and several of those things I've read on the Up
Close and Personal page have really touched my heart and they've helped
me so much! That whole site is so ... inspiring! If I can
keep following your guidance and keep reading
that website I'm going to turn out just fine!"
So, Jace, there you have
it. A very sweet testimony from our very "Sweet 16"
daughter. We love her so much (as with all of our children, of
course), and we also love you for what you do. Please keep it
You've helped create a miracle in our family!
Bless you, and Happy New