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.
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.
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.
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!