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5 Minute Friday

Today I’m participating for the first time with Lisa-Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday. You can read about it here.

The goal is to write for 5 minutes without editing or over thinking. The theme today is ‘Roots.’

Here goes.

The first thing that I think of, at least this time of year, when I think of roots, has to do with the birth of my 5th son. The anniversary of his birth is next month. Tears are always near the surface during the this time of year.
The pregnancy was fine. The outcome was not. Marc Andrew was stillborn.
One of the first things that my dear, wise, husband said after the birth, was, “Bonni, our family is started in heaven.”
As a new Christian from a Jewish family, I did not think about heaven. Before this moment, I hadn’t cared about heaven. Now, it became very real. As did the realization that my time on Earth had a purpose, and when my time here was finished, I would meet my son, and party hardy in heaven forever.
I was going home shortly to hold on very tightly to my dear husband and 4 sons. They were my roots. We were a family who would love each other, hold on to each other and support each other. They would help to act as an anchor, to walk me through this storm.
God is good all the time.
It took wings to show me my roots.

Bonni is the author of Mom By Example
What happens when a Jewish girl from Philadelphia falls in love with and marries a Christian hog farmer from a small rural town 85 miles from her home? Well, in my case, I became a Christian, but struggled to be the loving wife and joyful mother to my 4 young sons. This blog was born in order to share one tip a day that I learned, that could now help other moms learn to handle life with patience, grace and joy!
  1. Rhonda Crowdis Hardisty

    So glad you have joined us for 5 minute Friday! I really enjoyed your story. God gave your husband just the right thing to say to you at an important moment when he said “our family is started in heaven.” You are blessed with a man who listens when God talks! Thank you for sharing your heart!

    • Bonni

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! Comments are SUCH a blessing! I am excited to read the other posts, and comment on their blogs!

  2. denise

    This truly touched my heart, blessings upon your family.

    • Bonni

      Thanks Denise! I am anxious to read your post, and the other posts later today when I have time!

  3. Traci Michele

    wow! thank you for writing your heart! blessings to you.

    visiting from five minute friday. http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

    • Bonni

      Thanks Traci for taking the time to comment! I hope that you have a great weekend!

  4. Tereasa

    Five Minute Friday is so much fun. I didn’t participate today, but I do occasionally and love it!

    It was so nice to meet you at Allume. I look forward to seeing more of you!

    • Bonni

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! Wasn’t Allume wonderful??!! I plan on contacting each mom that I met! Thanks Tereasa!

  5. Angela Bartel

    It took wings to show me my roots… I love it. It took me deployment and my husband losing a friend to show us our roots… each other and our 2 girls. Thankful for a God we can trust even when life crumbles. He sees beauty in ashes..

    • Bonni

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! You are SO right. We can trust Him when life crumbles. I became a Christian as an adult. I can remember what it’s like to feel hopeless! Praise God, I will never feel that way again!

  6. Jill

    Beautiful post!! It was the concept of heaven and eternity that helped me make my decision to become a Christian. I was also raised in a Jewish home

    • Bonni

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! How great that we were both raised in a Jewish home!!!! I have met one other blogger that was raised in a Jewish home also, and it has been fun comparing notes!