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Topic: Blessed (11/29/04)

TITLE: Blessed!
By David Stewart


Itís 1:00am and Iím in the basement folding the fourth load of laundry and have another in the dryer. Two weeks after my wife filed for divorce my dryer broke. A week after that my washer broke down too. Our four kids live with me and the lawyers have all of my savings so now I drive 20 miles to my momís house to use her washer and dryer. The kids are asleep upstairs in my momís living room; two on the floor, two on the couch. I have to be at my job as a computer tech at Sprint at 7:00am and I have more clothes to fold, have to get the kids and the laundry to the car and drive home, and carry everyone and everything in. I am beat. I can hardly stand Iím so tired. My eyes burn. I need some sleep. Feeling blessed is the last thing on my mind.

Why do I have to be up at 1 in the morning doing laundry? Why donít I get to sleep? I begin to think about how unfair it all is and then I pick up another little dress that belongs to my 3 year old Hannah. I hold it out to look at it before I fold it. Itís so cute. Just like the little girl that wears it. Sheís such a sweetheart. She has taken her mom wanting to be gone better than me. Sometimes I start to get depressed and she walks by and smiles, throwing water on the fire that would be my depression and I forget I was feeling down. All of my kids have that effect on me. As I look at the dress I think about my four kids, upstairs asleep, and how great they are when something sweeps over me. What is it you might ask? Suddenly I am overwhelmed with joy! I have to be up doing laundry at 1 am because I have kids. I have four wonderful, fantastic kids! Wow! How lucky can one guy be? I have tons of laundry because I have four kids! I am blessed enough to have four kids to have to do laundry for! I pull Hannahís dress close to my chest, look up to heaven and say ďThank you LORD for the kids that have me up in the middle of the night. You have so truly blessed me! Thank you!Ē

My burden gone, I couldnít stop smiling as I finished the last load of clothes. It wasnít hard to finish. It didnít feel like work. My perspective had changed. I was happy to be up at now 1:30 doing laundry! I was still smiling as I carried the little ones to the car and for the drive home. I was still smiling when I finally hit the pillow and said one last ďThank you Jesus. I am very blessed.Ē

Member Comments
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Casey Overbeek12/06/04
Wow David, I admire your committment. I often think, 'What appears, is not what it is'
Teresa Lee Rainey12/06/04
David, Welcome to Faithwriters. I was blessed by this 1st article from you and look forward to reading more. :^)
Lynda Lee Schab 12/06/04
What a completely honest, true-to-life piece! You sound like an awesome dad! I think your kids are pretty blessed too.
Thanks for sharing! Lynda
Delores McCarter12/06/04
Great job, David. The writing piece stands on its own merit, but your personal story made it an excellent piece. I'm sure there are other single dads out there that need to read your inspiring piece. Matter fact, your story can affect many people , no matter if they are male or female, married or single. Thank you for joining the site and submitting your first piece. I hope you plan on publishing your work in the near future. Your writing will take you far, just keep going. I'll keep my eye out on your work. Again, good job!
David Stewart12/06/04
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I had hoped to convey the extremes I felt that night but wasn't sure if I could put it into words. This is the first time I have let anyone, with the exception of my kids, read something I have written.
Kathy Cartee12/07/04
Welcome to Faith Writers David, your story was a blessing. Keep writing you are gifted writer and a very blessed Dad.
Debbie OConnor12/07/04
Great job! I love this entry. You have the heart of a great dad and I'm sure your Heavenly dad was blessed by your attitude.
Deborah Anderson12/07/04
Welcome to FaithWriters, David. Very touching story. God bless you.
Beverly Murrelle12/19/04
David, I am so happy that I read about one's true commitment to his children. It is said that we must put actions behind words, and it's apparent that you do that, indeed. You are a Dad Extraordinaire with children who will hold you in the highest esteem. You can count on it, with love.