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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: What's in a Name
By Mildred Sheldon


Mom you always told me when I was old enough you would tell me the story about how I came to be named what I am. Well, I think at the age of 25 I am old enough and I would love to know the whole story. Do you feel like sharing that story with me now?

My sweet child first I will have to tell you about how I came by my name and it may take a while. Sit down and I will try to keep it short and to the point. I think it is quite amusing and I hope you will enjoy it

Well, you see dear my mom and dad lived on a big farm and they both worked long hard hours getting the farm up and running. Your grandma Mimi as she was called had nine children and I am the youngest. She was out working in the barn when she was seven months pregnant. She was helping dad milk the cows when she went into labor. I only weighed three pounds and according to mom, I had a hefty set of lungs. The midwife told Mimi that I may not last the night but God was good and mom said I was a feisty little bit of nothing. She told dad that it was by the grace of God that I survived so I was named Grace.

When I married your dad, I wanted a big family just like my mom and dad. I loved living on the farm and working with all the animals but God had other plans for us. I found out because of my premature birth I might not be able to have children. I was heart broken. I spent many nights crying because having my own children now seemed impossible. Mom told me be patient and wait on the Lord. She gave me her strength and held me when my heart was in my shoes. Be patient Grace she would tell me. Have faith.

We decided to adopted children to fill the house with joy. We adopted eight children and had been married fifteen years when I found out I was pregnant. I was in shock and your dad was ecstatic. Your grandmother Mimi was calm when she found out I was finally expecting my first child. She looked at me over her glasses and said, “Grace didn’t I tell you to be patient and wait on the Lord. God does things in His time not ours.” I hugged mom and cried for pure joy. I was finally going to have a baby. I had just about given up hope. Mom had a twinkle in her eye along with a big grin and she said in her quiet gentle voice. “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Mom said that was Romans 8:25 and danced a little jig in her big kitchen. “Patience my dear Grace and perseverance was all that was needed.” Mom said.

Finally, the day came when you my precious daughter were born and it was such a joyous occasion. Your great grandparents although they were in their nineties were present for the occasion. My mother looked at me and asked what I was going to name my tiny daughter. I looked at her with such joy and told her that your name had to be Patience. I had endured and God was gracious. Therefore, you see my dear that is the story of how I came by my name as well as how you came by your name. Wait upon the Lord and he will bless us in due time.

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Anne Linington08/28/08
This is a heart-warming story with the happy outcome not always found in life. Good way of teaching about patience through this narrative.
Jan Ackerson 08/29/08
Sweet story.

Consider using quotation marks and dialogue tags to distinguish your speakers. And maybe some descriptions of action, to break up the monologue?

I love names like Grace, Patience, Joy...constant reminders of God.
Patty Wysong08/31/08
A very sweet story that read like it was being told to the next generation.
Carole Robishaw 08/31/08
Cute story. Other than a little missing punctuation, it was great.