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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: Valley Girl
By Jacqueline Zerres


Dear Mommy,

I dont lik it here with Dad and Mommy Helen. I miss you and Daddy and Emma. Cindy boses me around and donít share her toys. She thinks she is king because she is 3 yeers older. I cry every night. I donít lik the lady that they make me tauk to. She askes stupid stuff.

Luv, Bree

PS: I drew you a picher and I made a birthday card for Emma.
Hi Honey,

I know this is so hard for you but remember what mommy said before you left. I am fighting hard to get you back home and I will never stop. We miss you so much. Emma still doesnít understand and she keeps asking where you are. I am saving the card until her party on Saturday. She will be so happy! Remember how you showed her how to hold up three fingers? She finally got it. Now, when we ask her how old she is going to be, she pops up those little fingers. Remember that you are still a big sister to Emma even if you are a little sister to Cindy. I donít think she means to be bossy. Itís just her way of saying sheís been the only child for a long time and doesnít want to share her mom, yet.

I will call your dad and ask him to find another counselor for you. Bree, you know it breaks my heart to see you unhappy but I am proud that youíre such a brave girl. Try to be a good and listen to Helen. Be kind to Cindy. Remember to say your prayers. Jesus will help you.

Mommy and Daddy and Emma love you to pieces. Thank you for the beautiful picture. I hung it on the fridge.

Hugs and Kisses, Mommy
Dear Mom,

I wanted to call but I forgot to add minutes to my cell phone. I need to vent so Iím just going to write and hope you check your email. I got a letter from Bree today. Sheís so unhappy, mom. I feel like a failure. How could the courts do this to her? The system is so unfair. Her father knew I didnít have the money to pay for a good attorney. It makes me so mad!!! Bree isnít the only one who cries every night. I know you keep telling me to trust God and Iím trying, Mom Ė I really am. But my daughterís gone; I canít seem to find any help and Iím about as low as I ever thought I could get. The only reason Iím holding together is because of Emma Ė I donít want to go to pieces for her sake.

Why would God let them take her away when I prayed so hard for Him to answer?


Dear ďValleyĒ Girl,

Isnít that how some advice columnist would start?

Honey, I wish I could rattle off some sage answer and solve all of your problems. Just like you hurt for your daughter, I hurt for you. Try as we might, we moms donít have all the answers. Life is hard and full of troubles. I can quote you a bunch of verses but I donít think thatís what youíre after. You want to make sense out of what doesnít make sense, to hear that everythingís going to be all better. It will, Rachael, some day. God is working out something according to His plan and His timing.

God doesnít promise that there will never be valleys Ė He promises that Heíll go through them with us. We would all prefer the mountaintop experiences of this life, but itís in the valleys that we grow in strength. When King David wrote the 23rd Psalm, he understood, perhaps better than most, what it meant to go through the deep, dark places. He also knew the faithfulness of God in the midst of every valley.

God knows how hard this is for you and He understands what you are going through. Remember, He knew what it was like to give up His own child. Let Him hold you now and comfort you. Hang onto your faith. Iím praying for you.

When you get more time on your phone, call me and we can talk.

Love, Mom

Even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

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Jan Ackerson 08/17/06
Very good!
Dave Kissling08/18/06
Double cool! A mom struggling to encourage her young daughter goes to her mom for encouragement. The chain of command, if you will. Very well done.
Valerie Routhieaux08/23/06
Wow. This is good. I can feel the pain and anguish from the little girl, right to the grandmother. Keep writing and sharing.
naomi thomas08/24/06
As a mom i felt your pain very deeply. All i can say WELL WRITEN. Keep on writing.