The Circle of Life

(not actually "us")
Almost 60 years ago, a young mother and her firstborn were involved in a serious wreck.  The truck driver in the other vehicle was killed.  The young mother reached down to retrieve the baby who had fallen onto the floor of the vehicle, unharmed.  In doing so, the woman tore a deep gash in her arm as it caught on the stick remaining of the steering wheel (which had broken off).  A young farmer ran out to the wreck and held the infant in his arm until help arrived.

A few years later, the young family moved out of state where the husband/father began a college education.  About 20 years later, that baby returned to live in Kansas where the wreck occurred.-- a young mother herself.  Among her circle of friends was a wonderfully creative, bubbly, sweet young mother.  They were part of a Bible study, a group of friends eager to be godly homemakers.  They shared their stories, their skills, their tears, laughter, prayers, and a few secrets!

Too soon, the baby/young mother moved east.  As years passed, she lost touch with the group of friends back in Kansas.  Her children grew up, left home, married and had children themselves.  Among other things, the woman became a blogger.

One day while "blog surfing" her eyes fell upon the name "Linda Stubbs" in a comment section!  Could it be Linda, the sweet, bubbly, creative,  young homemaker in Kansas?  A quick click to Linda's blog, Prairie Flower Farm, removed all doubt!  With great excitement, contact was established just last week.

Yesterday, the now 61 year old baby/young mother/grandmother went to visit HER father and  mother (the original young mother who was involved in the wreck).  Linda's name came up, and the 61 year old asked her 83 year old father, "Dad, did you know the Stubbs?"

A smile came over his face.  "As a matter of fact, it was a Stubbs who came out and held YOU in his arms until help came!"  The elderly couple reminisced, reconstructing the details of that event so long ago for ME, their firstborn.

That's right!  I was the baby in that accident.
The man who held me was Linda's father-in-law!
All these years!  I had NO idea! I get goose-bumps just thinking about it!  

"All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be."
Psalm 139:16


  1. WOW, WOW, WOW...amazing!!!

  2. Oh, my goodness! This is absolutely amazing! We have an awesome God who brings us back around to friends we've lost touch with. And then often, as you've discovered, there is even a second connection (to Linda's father).

    What an awesome experience for you!

  3. If that is not a God-incidence, I don't know what is... :)

    I will never leave you, nor forsake you...we are all bound together in His love :)

  4. Oh, what a wonderfully awesome story about
    you and yours and the God we serve!!
    What a joy to read this! Thanks so much
    for sharing.

  5. Oh Becky how precious!!! God is so sovereign is He not? Phil has been so touched. He just read your post and can hardly speak! Thank you for blessings our family sweet Becky. Before Phil daddy died we cared for him for 4 years. We got him up at 6:30 and to bed at 11. He had to watch the evening news. We had 3 jobs going, our farm, our little business and Grandpa Jack's farm. We thought we wouldn't make it some days. We also had the girls that adored their Grandpa. Hard times. I remember one morning our son Josh came to Grandpa;s as Phil and I were there to get him up. Phil was kneeling to put on his Daddy's socks and shoes. I looked at Josh and said, "Don't ever forget this picture. It is one of his Daddy, being Jesus to his Daddy. At the time Josh was living a sinful life. God is so good Becky. We have prayed so for our children. God has brought them all back home.

    Would you mind if I copied your story and put it on my blog? It is a picture of God weaving golden threads through out our lives. You are right gold is better!
    Love you sweet friend, Linda
    So glad you remember me as bubbly momma. Heehee

  6. I weep with such joy! Because my family moved so frequently, I never have felt rooted. In fact, I don't have a lot of childhood memories (for whatever reason).

    I have said, "My roots are in God's love", and they are. But God is graciously restoring some of the roots I have always felt I was missing in THIS life!

    He is SO awesome.

  7. Wow -- this gives me chills and tears! And I thought our reconnection was remarkable. You are so right -- God is blessing you in giving back some elements of what you were missing. But still just a little taste of the REAL reconnections someday . . . I'm glad to meet someone else who knows you as "Becky" -- as I recently found out, we know we go way back!

  8. Talk about a 'small world'!
    A small, very beautiful world!
    I got goosebumps!

  9. Kathy, Our reconnection WAS remarkable! This one just went back a bit further. Beyond what an ordinary person COULD remember on their own. And you're right about the REAL reconnections yet to come.

  10. Rebecca, I have what I call "the gift of tears" LOL and they started to flow when I read this. As amazing as it all is...I think the sweetest thing is that God has blessed you by filling in some of the blanks. I was just thinking this morning how truly "personal" a God He is! I'm so glad you shared this. You have sure blessed many by doing so!

  11. Jacquelyn, I have that "gift", too.

    Deb, "Wow" pretty well summarizes this whole experience.

    Donna and Sandy, It's true! God IS awesome.

  12. Eileen, I'm glad someone else knows what I mean when I say "goose bumps". I don't know what else to call them??! Is there another name for 'em?

  13. "Wildlife", God-incidence is a term I need to write down and remember. It certainly fits this stream of events (and many others).

  14. Wow! What a beautiful story! And involving two of the sweetest blogging friends I have! I got 'goose bumps' just reading this!
    Bless you both, friends!

  15. Oh! My!! What a story! Don't you think God must have enjoyed unfolding these events in your life? Truly amazing!

  16. Glenda, It boggles my mind to think that He'd even CARE about me, but when I look at this "grace", I KNOW He does!

  17. Amazing...God knew you needed this re-connection. A healing. It was not an accident this gentleman held you after the wreck..God is in our future.Grace and peace.

  18. Wow, I had to read this twice, the second time through tears! God is so good, it's beyond my words to express just how awesome He truly is!
    We talk about Him knowing the number of hairs on our head...but he knows that and more. I'm just beyond myself with joy over reading this!

  19. God has His Hands and Arms around us...
    Thank you for sharing this truly amazing story.Even though I shouldn't be astounded by what God does, I find myself in the company of all who have goosebumps when I read this...

  20. Hey sweet Becky, I put you up on my blog today. How good is God? VERY GOOD.

    Love you bunches!

    Noticed that Lady Farmer is your friend, mine too. Hi Lady Farmer!!!!!!!! I love you! Had to say hi!!!!!!

  21. I found your blog via Linda Stubbs at Prairie Flower Farm. i read your story and touched at what God can do!!! It's amazing. I'm going to remember this. I'm only 36..but there have been friends that I'd lost contact with years ago and never thought I'd see/hear from again..and thanks to Facebook, we're in contact again...I know it's not the same as your story...but still it's what God has done for me :) :) Thanks for sharing your story. I'm going to read it again before I go to bed tonight. Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  22. Heather, I'm thankful "the story" has encouraged others. AND I'm glad to "meet" you!

  23. Such an amazing story Rebecca. That makes you a very special person (which I already knew). To survive such a scary event is God saying, I have special plans for you!
    And even more amazing finding the past the way you did. That is when I know that "It's a small world after all!". Love Di ♥

  24. Google uses my camp nickname and since we're still living here at a Christian camp after 23 years I guess it fits. My hubby is associate director meaning he does a little bit of everything. :o)

    Found your blog(s) via Linda's Prairie Flower Farm post. Your story is incredible!

    Thanks for the inspiring words of truth and such wonderful music. Both you & Linda have a gift of sharing Jesus in everyday ways. I will visit again to be encouraged once again by your loveliness. Thanks for sharing words & pictures.

    Blessings to you, Corrine

  25. I scrolled down from the top to read your posts. So lovely. Glad to know baby E is coming home. And your baked oatmeal sounds yummy.

    Your house looks lovely...the grands looks like they had a lovely time!

    But this story is really amazing. Gave me goose bumps while reading it.



Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
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