Sunday, October 30, 2011

Love for pinch-hitters

Today I needed to call in some back-up. It's Halloween Eve and a while ago, there was not a jack-o-lantern in sight. I'm always the designated carver, and I actually love it, especially carving my own couple guys. But honestly, this year, I just didn't have it in me. There has been at least one sick person in my house for the last ten days straight and I'm tired. Also, I'm not great at letting go of the expectations that I put on myself, so sometimes, when I see a chance, I challenge myself to just say No. That's the long and the short of it.

But yesterday, at the mention of letting go of pumpkin carving for one year, my daughter emotionally declared "I will hate Halloween if we can't carve pumpkins!" To which I replied, "Well, what about the loads of free candy. How will you feel about that part?" Because I know she loves candy more than anything and puh-lease.

So daddy volunteered to be the designated carver approximately three hours before being taken under by some sudden illness. No joke. I then called in the pinch-hitters, a.k.a. Nana and Pops.

As usual, they stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. Ninety minutes of blessing my children and letting me off the hook was exactly what I needed. Check out my cool dad. (Do your parents still wear tee-shirts from your college, and let the grandkids put stickers on them? Cute.)

My son is actually not wearing vampire teeth; he is just missing all the top middle ones. That's a funny joke, though, God. How seasonal.

My daughter's pumpkin is carved according to a little formula we learned at church one year. It's something about salvation, being a light, and something else about love. If I weren't so tired, I'd try to find it because it was a really cute idea.

I hope and pray you have some pinch-hitters in your life, and that you remember to call on them when you need. Because life as a mom - wait, life as a person - can be exhausting. And having loving support available to back you up when you need it most is truly a gift.

Thanks, mom and dad, for always stepping up to the plate.



  1. I love that your parents came to the rescue. My kids call my in-laws Nana and Pops. I love your Dad's shirt. I got my teaching credential from UCI.

  2. How awesome that your parents were willing to come to the rescue! I know that my parents would do the same if we were in the same state. Ohh I hope that when Mike gets out we can return to MN to be with them. I only lived there one winter and I miss it so much! But I know that God will lead us to where He needs us!! I also commend you on your ability to say NO instead of trying to make the perfect pumpkin. I am the exact same!

  3. Awww, hi Nana and Pops...and I cant get over the little man's teeth. Scary on his own:)

  4. Yay for Nana and Pops. What would we ever do without them. We carved our very first Jack-o-Lanterns here in Australia this year. Hope your house is sickness free!

  5. how sweet that your dad was wanting and willing to pinch-hit.

    we are minus pinch-hitters. it's a bummer. but my husband and i take mental notes of what we need that we don't get, and decide together that when we are grands we WILL GIVE of ourselves in abundance.

    your kids are cute. your daughter looks just like you. beautiful!