And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalms 31). Courage the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. Mental or moral strength to venture persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty says Merriam Webster. Per Psychology Today the six attributes of Courage are: feeling fear yet choosing to act, following your heart, preserving in the face adversity , standing up for what is right, expanding your horizons letting go of the familiar, and facing suffering with dignity and faith.
This word COURAGE has been on my heart for some time now. I could sum up this post easily and say yes it takes a truck load of courage and some diapers to take care of triplets; but that does not do my family justice. See we are the lucky ones, the blessed ones. God put courage in each one of my family members heart because of that we have been strengthened. Courage is something that comes with the territory of having triplets. I would probably say if you don’t have courage than this gig is not for you. See it’s that knowing that life will not always be this way that this is a season. It’s that faith/trust that somehow we will make it through 3 drivers education at once. It’s that feeling of being okay with things not being as they were before, like taking a shower daily or eating with little people spoons. It’s that desire to make this life special for my children, It’s finding the strength to get out of bed one more time at 2 am to comfort the third baby. We just do. We put on our big girl panties or big dude undies and deal courageously. We do it because God blessed us.
Having COURAGE is not something new for our family in fact I would say that we are built on it. Our family did not start off the “normal” way. Brent, Paige and I had to be courageous in some form or another. We have had to meet each of those six attributes of courage and hope in the Lord. This post is for my sweet, strong and thoughtful daughter Paige. Recently, we were invited to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum benefit banquet to recognize what I call Paige’s courage. Most do not know but after Traci passed away Brent created a foundation in her name. This is a small family foundation with big dreams. For the last few years we have used the foundation as a means for Paige to feel connected to Traci and give back to her community. One year as we were narrowing our choices Paige wanted other kids to enjoy the Jasmine Moran Museum as much as she has. This is what led us to the benefit banquet. I have been waiting to post this with the article because it captures the essence of the evening better than I could explain so please click on the link or look at the photo. She was the only child at the event; as her parents we felt proud and honored. A favorite moment was meeting the co-founders of the museum Jasmine and Melvin; Paige’s eye light up so bright it was like she was meeting a celebrity and watching her face as the room gave her a standing ovation was priceless. This child is courage and hope. Love her so much. We have started the conversation for a donation this year and she wants to do something with reading.
Since the article was printed in the Chickasaw Times it has also been picked up by Native News, and The Norman Transcript.