Our Thoughts are with the Morrisons!

Every Wednesday I meet with some of the young moms of our church and usually we talk about parenting and pray together. Today was different. Without planning it, today was about moms getting together to talk and process everything that’s happened to our friends Brianna and Ryan. Mostly, we just admitted that we don’t understand and we have lots of questions.

I have had countless conversations with women who are trying and failing to get pregnant. Then, more conversations with people who aren’t trying but get pregnant anyway. And now, friends have lost children they desperately wanted to love and watch grow. I don’t have answers. I wish I did.

I was talking with a friend today about the need to trust in a plan, believing it’s good, but I will never see the whole picture. I decided it’s better than believing there isn’t a plan at all.

Again, thank you to all the women writing on my blog sharing their stories. I’m amazed by your vulnerability and words of kindness for the Morrisons.

You know what’s amazing? I started blogging in March to have an easy way to talk to clients and display pictures. Now…it’s become my highlight of every day. I love that my friends read it! And that they’re smiling now! I never thought it would would be so important to so many but I’m glad it is.


Cate - June 20, 2007 - 10:37 pm

I love that your blog is the highlight of your days, because I think that’s why they are so fun to read. And I love that you wrote that your friends are smiling, because I totally was as I read that line!

The plan is impossible to understand right now, and you’re right that we’ll never see the whole picture. But the times when I get to see the bits and pieces of my life plan come together for a little while, I totally get why I’m not the one in charge. It wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful an image in the end if I was.

Rachel - June 20, 2007 - 10:58 pm

Noemi, what a perfect thing to say:
I don’t have the answers. I wish I did.

And yes, I agree that I would rather believe there is a plan that I don’t understand than living without a purpose at all. At this stage in my life, I really am ok with not knowing all of the mystery.

Heaven is merely on the other side of a thin veil, but it feels so opaque sometimes. We hear its call to our hearts, all the time. That’s how we can hope –

Life is what it is. It’s not perfect (far from it). And it isn’t heaven. But there are many beautiful moments, aren’t there? You capture many of them in your photographs. Thank you for what a light you are being to all of us during this time. Thank you for highlighting some of the beauty and wonder of life during this time of confusion and sadness.

It is a glimpse of heaven to me, to see such love as Ryan and Brianna have for their children, and to see the love and support others have given them during this time.

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

Jeanette - June 21, 2007 - 1:59 am

Thank you for sharing you thoughts with us once again. I have so many challenges going on in my life within the past few years that I remembered feeling the exact same way. The Lord promises us that good shall come from bad, and although I’m not sure that I will live to see that happen, I believe that someday something good will come of all the hurt my family and myself have been through due to my terrible disease, and life changing events. And it is truly better to believe that God has a plan for something good to come of it, for he surely doesn’t make bad things happen, but beings he loves us so much, that is his gift to us.

Know that the Morrisons along with all who love them are being lifted up in prayer by thousands, and the Lord hears each of those prayers.

God Bless you for being such a wonderful, devoted friend, and for keeping all of us informed, and for sharing your innermost thoughts. What a wonderful gift you have given all of us!

Rachel - June 21, 2007 - 2:51 am

OH… I miss that mum’s group! But it does my heart good to know that it is still continuing and thriving.:-)

Cari - June 21, 2007 - 11:25 am

I have to admit that for the past few weeks I have been reading your blog everyday. Somedays your thoughts cause me to laugh, cry, reflect, pray, or mourn. But lately God has been pressing you upon my heart.
God has given you many special gifts Noemi, and I am privilaged to have seen you grow in these giftings over the years.
Be encouraged Noemi, you are a wonderful faithful friend, and daughter. I know that you have walked in many paths that have seemed frightening and unknown at the time, I’ve seen God walk with you, and I’ve seen you come through the other end stronger, better equiped to walk those same paths with family, friends and even strangers. You’ve blessed me and so many others, and I know that you have blessed God.
You are a joy, a treasure. I know I speak for many when I say that you are loved. Keep walking Noemi, you certainly aren’t walking alone!

Emily - June 22, 2007 - 2:10 am

I have been having a hard time keeping up with the latest news on the Morrisons. There just does not seem to be any news about the babies lately. I knew Brianna when she was a bit younger, very briefly, here in Fond du Lac, WI… which I am sure seems like a lifetime ago. And allthough I knew her for such a brief time, I can’t help but think of and pray for her daily. I find myself searching each day for more news on how her children are doing. Please let her know that the entire crew at ReachOut books in her home town are praying for her. I saw her grandma before the babies were born and she told me that this would make over 30 grand and great grand children alltogether. What a blessing to have such a wonderful family.
Noemi, thanks for being the only way I’ve been able to keep track of how things are going. The Balkens are usually in and out of the book store… however, I think they are a little preoccupied lately!

Eryn - June 22, 2007 - 7:27 am

We need to get a PM group of mom’s for those of us that work outside the home all day.

Noemi you were right. I do wish I could stay home with Ellie now. Took me a couple months but there’s no place I’d rather be.

I’m so glad God has given Ryan and Brianna you and Matt. They are so blessed to have such an amazing support system that includes you two. They are supported by SO many prayers by people they don’t know. I was at Progressive and one of the reps was commenting on the Morrison’s and her thoughts and prayers are with them. The entire state of MN (and I’m sure all of the US) is concerned and hopeful for this family.

Big hugs to everyone!

alicia - June 22, 2007 - 9:55 am

Hi Noemi,
I watch your blog daily and enjoy your thoughts. I think we all have our days of wondering what are plans are. I have 18 months identical twin daughter and they spend a month in the hospital and that was the hardest time ever…I think of Ryan and Brianna every day and pray for them a good outcome with Cadence, Lucia and Sylas. Could you give us an update on how the babies our doing? and Ryan and Brianna?

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