Feeding the Ducks…and other near disasters



Matthew 18:10 says “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” (NASB)

My little Pen Elaine tested the truth of her guardian angel when she stepped too close to the creek at a nearby park and fell in…thankfully our friend, “Ms. Leslie,” was standing right by and grabbed her out as quick as lightning! Pen Elaine was quickly soothed from the surprise of it all when I got her right away, soaked from head to toe in grosso duck pond water. I typically (always) keep a change of clothes for her in my purse, but, of course, I had changed her in a restaurant in the past week after she had dumped water on herself (by spitting it out of her mouth for fun) and had forgotten to replenish my supply. So, I changed her diaper and let her run around in a cap and her wet socks and shoes for the little bit of time we stuck around to finish our group picnic. This did not bother her at all, at 2 years old, but rather she took the opportunity to dance and twirl and announce how she was a ballerina. She was adorably hilarious running around in her skivvies.

After the ducks’ initial visit on our arrival and moms telling kids we could feed the ducks after they ate their lunch, they left us alone. The ducks had gone off to hide/sleep in shade, so the kids never got to feed them. Then, as we were leaving to our cars, the ducks appeared in the street from out of nowhere to be fed, and our picnic had a magical and happy ending…such is life in the hands of God. We had been talking earlier, on our picnic blankets, about how you never know what God has in store for your life. No matter what plans you may have worked for or thought about or foresaw, surprises seem to be around every corner…sometimes they seem like good ones and sometimes they seem like nothing makes sense. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) I have seen God turn difficult and sometimes desperate situations into wonderful surprises in my own life and family, but somehow I still need reminding at times.

We’ve been enjoying a book recently about Pete the Cat I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin where the moral of the story is, no matter what you step in, you’ve just gotta keep walking along and singing your song. 🙂


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