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Okay so today I had no plan. This is a good thing because my dryer broke and I needed to do laundry. I went to my friend’s house to do laundry. We sat and folded and talked and laughed. It was nice. No hurry. We can’t go anywhere.

See, things are changing for us. Our oldest kids are heading off to high school next year. This is exciting and wonderful and fun! However, when you say you have a kid in high school, all of a sudden, you feel old. Now I know there are moms out there with older kids thinking, “Honey, you don’t know what you don’t know!” And thank God, right? So anyway, we are feeling old and a little melancholy when we decide we should go for a walk. Then we see the Jeep and decide we should go for a ride!

We go to 7-Eleven which I still call White Hen and talk about how our kids used to call it the “Pretzel Store”. Where are those pretzels!? We get our Big Gulps and we laugh a lot. We wave to people and we see an old friend getting off the train – we stop, we talk. It’s sunny. I have to point out here that we are wearing matching “GreatBigYES.com” t-shirts and sporting matching greasy hair! And we can’t stop giggling. We keep driving. My friend says, “I don’t feel old anymore!”

We see another friend and she invites us in to watch something AMAZING! She wants us to see the final moments of the finale of American Idol. She can’t get over Phillip Phillips. She is giddy, she has been calling my cell. Are you kidding me? Good music, TV, middle of the day, I have my Diet Coke, good friends…I’m IN! We cozy in for the finale.

Oh my. Did you people watch this? Despite his really bad name, Phillip Phillips rocks the house. His song, Home, is number one on itunes right now and it is awesome. Anyway, he wins and there is lots of cheering, pandemonium, general hysteria. Of course, then Ryan Seacrest hands him the microphone and a guitar and tells him to sing. Can you imagine what is going on inside this man at this moment? He’s all of 21 years old, just won American Idol, life will never be the same and he has to sing?!?!

So he begins. The song is amazing but he hits a point in the song where he can sing no more. He must weep. He starts crying and he can’t stop. He is looking around. This moment is not lost on him. He is present and aware and he is grateful. He is humbled. He is overcome.

He stops singing, hands the guitar off to someone else on stage and walks out to the crowd. He walks straight into his mother’s arms. His dad and sisters and nieces all come in for the hug too. They just hug and cry and love each other. Because that’s what families do.

He knew where he needed to be. He needed to be in his mom’s arms.

Our kids will know it too.

It doesn’t matter if they are headed off to kindergarten or high school or college or married life. Even if they are headed to American Idol or to life after winning American Idol, they know where they come from. They know how to find their mom.

Yes, things are changing. But some things never change. Thank God.

Special thanks go out to Kate and Laura for a great day! This is one to look back on when we are in the nursing home!(which may be here before we know it) 🙂

click link below to watch:
American Idol finale<

(composed by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden)

Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved
Photo from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/phillip-phillips-american-idols-newest-champ/2012/05/25/gJQAK2xqpU_story.html


“It’s been a humbling experience.”

My friend said this when she was telling me about something she was going through. 

Isn’t it all a humbling experience?  If you are paying attention and you are gaining in wisdom, life is humbling.

I looked up the word and one dictionary said it means, “Not proud or arrogant, modest”.  It also said, “Having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience”. 

When I say I’m humbled by something, I mean I feel reminded that I am not “all that”.  There is a great song by Lee Ann Womack called “I hope you dance”.   One line in it says, “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.”  Oh I can’t stop there…it’s so good!  Here are some of the lyrics:

“I Hope You Dance”
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
I hope you dance….I hope you dance

Sorry…I couldn’t help it.  That song just gets to me.  I’m crying just reading it again. 

I’m reminded of it because of the line about the ocean.  It reminds me that really, we are not “all that”.  We are important and significant and we have a rightful place in the universe. However every once in a while, it would do us some good to stand beside the ocean. 

Oceans and mountains are sure fire ways to remember God is in charge.  Maybe that’s why I feel so at home near both of them.  When I haven’t been to the mountains or the ocean in a while, I long for them. (I’ll take either.)  I want to be near the air, the sound, the silence…all of it.  It’s breathtaking.

Sometimes in the city and the suburbs and the rural towns, our humbling experiences don’t have to do with nature.  Sometimes they have to do with money, usually lack of it.  Or a car that breaks down or a house that feels really cramped.  Sometimes we don’t get the job or we lose the job we have.  Sometimes people we love hurt us.  Sometimes we get sick.  Sometimes we need help.  Sometimes we are not invited.  Sometimes our kids don’t make the team or get the award.  Sometimes we have to reach UP to another person to be gracious.  Sometimes we feel small. 

It’s all part of the journey but it can be so difficult, especially when we’ve kidded ourselves into thinking we were in charge or invincible or the most important.   

I know I’ll play that song for my kids (and for me).  I’ll tell them about the ocean and the universe and our place in it.  I know that one day they’ll understand.  One day they’ll be humbled.  It’s all part of the journey. 

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Proverbs 25:9
©2011 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved