“Mom, they sank the boat.”
Philip and I were on the way to Columbia to see Bill Cosby when I got the phone call. Philip had bought tickets for me as a surprise because I love Bill Cosby, and I was looking forward to a relaxing night.
Sam and Lathan, his friend, were coming in from duck hunting behind our house when Philip and I pulled out of the driveway. Becca, my daughter was waiting to take them to get something to eat. Everything was under control, and I was ready to relax.
We were less than 15 minutes down the road when Becca called with the news.
Last week, Billy Graham had a new message, “The Cross”, on TV. During the advertisements of the program, we, as believers, were encouraged to invite our neighbors and non-believers to watch this together. I thought that was a really great idea for “everyone else”. I was actually thinking this as I was walking my dog Ellie in our neighborhood. I thought, “Lord I really hope ‘other people’ will do that. It would be awesome!” I was actually quite proud of myself for remembering to pray for that ministry.
As Ellie and I were walking, I told the Lord that I would pray for my neighbors even though they wouldn’t be coming to my house - you know it would be weird inviting people I didn’t know very well. I also reminded the Lord that I had never really talked to a particular neighbor; in fact, I didn’t even remember her name. But as a person of Godly character I would pray for her too.
November is National Adoption month so I thought it would be fun to share our story. My husband and I had been discussing adoption options when my friend Bunnie and I were walking after school one day. She had gone to a baby shower the night before (for a newly adopted baby girl, Olivia), and she was talking about how beautiful and precious this baby was. Bunnie then said, “This place has the best babies, you and Catoe need to go there!” “This place” turned out to be Christian Family Services and we indeed went there! We went for our first orientation in October of 1994.
Back this summer, a baby deer wandered into our neighbor’s yard. At first I refused to go to their house because I knew if I saw it, I would want to keep it. I love animals, especially baby animals. But after a short time I couldn’t stand it any more so down the road I went.
We immediately knew something was wrong. The little buck appeared to be blind. He kept wandering around aimlessly, bumping into things, and getting hung up in vines. We were all very worried because there are fox and coyotes were we live, so we knew his chances of survival without his mother were very slim.
A rescue team was quickly put together and a plan was formed. One went for a bottle and formula while the others stayed back and kept a close eye on the baby. Let me tell you, NOTHING was going to get to that baby.
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