Tuesday, 28 August 2007

The Speech

Thank-you to all those who have been faithfully checking this blog. It has been quite a while since I have written. It is not there there hasn't been anything to write about but it seems like every time I try I can't get the words down on paper. My very wise husband Jason says it is like the game Boggle. I have the words ready to go and then somebody comes along and shakes them all up and I know that the words are still there somewhere but I just need to find them again because everything looks different. So if you have ever played the game Boggle that is what our life has been like as of late.

I have alluded in other blogs to the fact that we were facing some big decisions that would really affect our family and life in general for the whole McGibbon clan. For those of you that we see everyday you know that we have a friend staying with us. She started out as a friend of Caroline's and over the past ten months or so we have all become friends. We have invited her to stay in our home and she has accepted. So for now we are a family of six and one friend who is like family while she is living with us. As we only have three bedrooms for this new clan of seven it has meant some changes and lots of sharing! We are all adjusting to our new situation and we look forward to seeing what God has in store.

I was struggling with some of the issues that surround our expanded clan this past week and I called Anita. I was wrestling with self doubt that I could handle all the pressures of this new situation. Not because of the little girl we have taken in who is a sweetie but because the arrangements are a complicated situation.

I started to cry, as my friend answered "Hey what's up!" "I am calling for the speech" I responded quickly as my voice started to crack. "I know, I know the speech, I know I have given the speech but I need you to give me the speech and quick." And my dear friend instead of calling me a ninny reminded my how much God loves me and she quoted scripture about what He says about me. And she reminded me what He says about this little girl who is in our home and she told me again that with God all things are possible. "You can do this" she said "because He is going to do it." And as the words sank into my heart, the lump in my throat started to get smaller and my voice got stronger and I was reminded again by my amazing friend that God is control and He has plan for our family and He has a plan for this sweet little girl.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

When I got off the phone with Anita, I felt so much better. A few seconds later the phone rang and it was Cheri. "Hey" she said. "I can't get you off my mind are you okay?" "Yes" I laughed! I just called Anita and she gave me the speech and I am doing much better. Cheri also gave me her version of the speech which ended with her telling me to call Louise for more prayer and scripture just to make doubly sure that I was going to be okay!

Every once in a while life requires your good friends to give you the speech even when you know the words by heart. Thank-you to my dear friends who gave me the speech and those of you who would have given it to me if Anita and Cheri had been out!


  1. I love you so much my friend! Oh how the tears can drop or the lump in the throat appears out of no where. You are still on my mind daily - funny how we know when things are just all "jumbled up". All of us are praying too - knowing that God will make all things possible. xxoo Cheri

  2. Hey!

    Wow! How cool is that! A family of seven! It has been awhile since I've dropped in, so I'm reading like mad to catch up. We miss you guys like crazy and some day, we will have to meet the newest addition! (TJ looks huge, and so much like you!! )

  3. As the 3 muskateers would say, all for one and one for all! Glad Anita and Cheri were there to strengthen the braid of faith through Jesus.

    Love you Kimberley,
    Always waiting & wanting to be used by God.

  4. As I sit here at 2:20 am I am trying to decide which one of you I should call for the much needed speech.
    Love you.

  5. Sometimes it is good to have shoulders to lean on! Good friends that you can be 'real' with are such a blessing! Kimberley, isn't it great to know and believe that you CAN do ALL THINGS when you are relying on Christ's strength! Our young friend is so fortunate to have a surrogate Mom like you and a family like yours to care for her. You know you can always call if you need anything.