Thirty-four years ago, on an early Indiana Labor Day morning, I began having contractions. It was about a week early so I wasn’t sure anything would come of them. Since my husband worked at the hospital (washing dishes) I knew he would be there if I needed him. But there was the matter of a two-year old who would need someone to watch over him if I left for the hospital and, how exactly was I planning to get to the hospital without a car?!
Now 34 years later it’s another Labor Day! And this baby girl has grown up to be a beautiful woman embracing the many challenges she faces. Recently celebrating ten years of marriage, she and her husband have the astounding responsibility of directing and raising three little lives through the foster care program. What challenges a 3-year old, 2-year old, and another 2-year old can throw on a couple! The struggles are compounded from inadequate training and guidance granted to the three children from birth.
Even more, I am in awe as she accepts continued responsibilities of their care even though she recently had surgery. Thankfully, it was a simple repair, but it requires 2 weeks recovery time. AND, add in Hurricane Dorian preparations she heroically has coordinated for her family. Now you understand how her birthday will be celebrated!
So, 34 years ago, I labored through after making it to the hospital. Being very fortunate to have a thoughtful pastor’s wife who brought her daughter to stay with my 2-year old, and encouraged me to go ahead and get checked at the hospital. I surprisingly found I was progressing quickly. My hubby, who was downstairs, was quickly informed his wife was in the labor and delivery. Hardly 3 hours later, our liberated 7-pound, 1-ounce bundle of independence was delivered almost effortlessly by another doctor while mine was enjoying a Labor Day picnic!
On this day, her day, I’m proud of her sheer determination as through the years she excelled as a school teacher, a Chick-fil-A manager, and opening a Duck Donut Store. Most recently, she created her own independent company for the betterment of other businesses assisting them in Human Resources. As I see what she has accomplished, I am motivated to never stop short of my goals in honoring the Lord with my daily choices whether it’s food, or faith, or fun! They all reside under the same umbrella!
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” –1 Corinthians 10:31, (NIV)
What special Labor Day memories do you have?