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Here I Raise My Ebenezer

When each of my children was born they received a special, soft lovie they slept with. Even my oldest kids still have their lovies, and cherish them.

That's why our whole family was sad when our 5 year old Peyton lost her lovie, "Pickles," around Christmas time last year. She had slept with Pickles every night since birth, and after she lost him she spent many nights crying herself to sleep without him.

After searching high and low, I finally concluded that I must have gathered Pickles up in the Christmas wrapping paper and thrown him away accidentally. Even though I tried to gently break it to her that we might never find him, Peyton prayed EVERY single night that God would help her find Pickles.

Pickles found


So, while I was out of town and got this message on my phone 7 MONTHS after she lost him, you can imagine my excitement! I actually cried! Then I texted all my kids who were at camp and we all rejoiced

I know it seems like a silly, small thing, but it amazed me that my girl, all on her own, had such faith to pray every night, even though I didn't think it could possibly make a difference. And a few of my Facebook commenters celebrated with me and suggested I should throw a celebration to commemorate God's goodness in this answered prayer.

bounce house

That's why I decided we should have a huge party, complete with balloons, streamers, a bounce house, water slide, and all of our friends. After all, there is a time to mourn and a time to rejoice, right? I feel like the older I get, and the more I pay attention to the news, the more there is to mourn about, so I figured any time there is something to rejoice about we should rejoice.

ebenezer stone

We all celebrated big and I set up this "Ebenezer stone" so we would always remember that God hears the prayers of his children. (Psalm 34:17)

My teens may or may not have made fun of me for doing all this, but that has never stopped me from carrying out my crazy ideas before!

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  1. Jennifer says:

    What a way to celebrate God’s goodness! A good reminder for us as parents and a HUGE lesson for our children to learn at a young age. God is Good!

  2. Kat Menard says:

    Connie, i think you are the bee’s knees. Really, you are swell. Let’s be friends! You make me laugh, and cry , and try to be a more fun person. Thanks. And congratulations to Peyton. We know all too well the sadness of a lost lovey. My 10 year old son just recently misplaced his and we have had no luck finding it. cheers!

  3. What a fabulous idea! Oh, to have the faith of a small child. What mountains could we move then???

  4. Sheila Mom to Seven says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing, Connie.

  5. What a beautiful reminder that God cares about every
    detail of our lives.

  6. Priscilla F. says:

    Yay!! So happy for your girl and all of you. Just last week, I went to the (HUGE – LOTS OF PEOPLE THERE) Oshkosh Airshow with my husband, and our youngest, and was heartbroken at the end of the day, while driving the 3+ hours home, to discover we’d lost his beloved blanket. He’s my fourth, and never before have we had a permanantly lost blanket, out of 4 blanket-loving boys. Hand-sewn by grandma, slept with day and night, nearly as much a part of him as one of his arms… and GONE. After a night of sleep, and soothing my sunburn, and a few prayers that maybe, MAYBE someone out of the thousands would have turned it in, telling myself it’s likely gone, and people have much bigger problems than this for crying out loud, I called the lost and found, with not really even a mustard seed of faith. I was SHOCKED when the lady said “well, describe it” and then after hearing my description said “yes, I picked up that very blanket this morning”. I may or may not have cried… Oh me of little faith! I won’t throw a party – he’s only 1 1/2, but I can tell you this household was H A P P Y !! So, party on – that’s not crazy at all!

  7. Praise the Lord! He is faithful in the big things and in the little ones. It may seem like a little thing to the big kids but it was a BIG thing to Peyton.

  8. What a great idea!! I think it’s important to celebrate what matters to our kids, because to Peyton it was not a little thing. Good job mama! I’m sure that is a day she will never forget! And oh that we would have the faith and perseverance to pray for something for seven months without giving up hope. The faith of a child is so pure and innocent!

  9. Sitting here with tears in my eyes. I big, giant, puffy-heart, love this!