Friday, February 15, 2008

Dinner for Two

A little "bird" suggested to my 17 year old son that he should take me out to dinner for Valentine's day. What a wonderful idea and it is no surprise that this friend would understand how our family works. There were many people that were thinking this was not a good idea because it would be too hard for me but my friend understands our desire and Eric's goal was to produce young men with a heart towards their mother and sisters. We want Goose (and eventually Lil Cowboy) to be thoughtful, honorable, and courageous enough to step out and take control of a family situation.

Goose did incredibly well in a world that he is not used to. He went over to our neighbor's house and asked her where he should take me joking around that maybe I would enjoy Hometown Buffet (ugh!). He called the suggested restaurants and made reservations at a wonderful place that Eric and I loved to go to.

My neighbor friend happened to mention the lovely thought of our son taking me out to dinner to an aquaintance of hers. This person happens to be the wife of a Doctor in town that co-owns a medical building that houses a very nice restaurant. He found our story to be very sweet and made arrangements for us to have dinner at the said restaurant for free. But, not only did they get us reservations (on Valentine's day no less) and a free meal but they also had flowers waiting for me when I got there. We were seated at the best table and even the tip was taken care of.

What makes this even more special is that this has opened a door for my neighbor to witness to this friend who made the arrangements in the first place. Isn't God good? Eric had never met these people and yet his life will be an instrument in giving them the Gospel.

By the way, the meal was wonderful and the conversation with my son was priceless.



Mrs. Jeannie Mitchell said...

Dear Heather,
What a wonderful time to share for you and your son. Our sons, when brought us with that vision, grow up to bless us continually with the men that they grow into and the care that they show us. It is such a blessing to read how the Lord is showing you His care, at the National Cemetry, at providing a "free dinner," and providing His cloud over you. His mercy is so awesome and real!! Thanks for sharing yourself at this hard time. It is a testimony of our Lord! We will keep praying.

Dawn said...

Amen...what a wonderful time you had!

I am so happy you got to do this.

You deserve it.

Hugs & Prayers,

Joy said...

That's so nice that you and he got to go out to dinner! :-)

Please tell Goose thanks for the comment he left on my blog! :-)

BelovedPeace said...

Thats very nice! :-)
I'm glad you had a nice Valentine's day!! :-)
Have a wonderful day!
Love and Hugs,
Amy :O)

Laurie said...

What a special and precious time with your son. I am sure he made his Dad so proud. One on one conversation with him is very special and needed. I am so glad for the kindness of others and the love of God. I have been following your story and praying for you and your family, asking God to gently guide you through each day and send special blessings to you.

Love, Laurie in So. Ca.

Mountain Mama said...

How Sweet! Your son has had to "grow up" quickly. Eric has left an incredible legacy. Praise be to God.
So appreciate you sharing your heart with the world. What a testimony to many.

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! ..."
1 John 3:1 (NIV)

Remember ~ He has "lavished" His love on you and your children!!!


Anonymous said... rich. More of Eric's legacy living on. God will continue to bless your family. You will walk on. He will live through your future generations.

You are much loved, Denise H.

Jennifer said...

that brought tears to my sweet. you have taught your children well!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. Romans 15:13

Martha A. said...

How sweet and thoughtful of your son and friends!

homeskoolmom5883 said...

Wow! What a special gift Goose gave you. His legacy lives on. Dear one, Eric is touching more lives than you will probably ever know in this lifetime.

monica said...


I am so very proud of you and I know that your father is too. I know that he was smiling down on you that evening. What a special bond you and your mother have and what a man of God you are already. We are praying for you and your family everyday.


What a wonderful blessing your children will continue to be to you because of raising them in God's image. Keep up the good work mom. I am totally amazed on the work that God continues to do in our lives even when the circumstances seem impossible to us. God has a plan that we do not know and may not understand but it's His plan and it's for a reason. Keep your eyes on Him. We love you and your family and are praying for you each and everyday constantly throughout the day.

Monica and Xavier