When Life Happens

by | Jul 20, 2011 | Fiction Book Reviews | 21 comments

You know, we get ourselves all worked up about a lot of things in life.

Some are work-up-worthy, but most of them are not.

Today, I took my 9 year old to the doctor because she’s had severe abdominal pain for two days. Fever spiked yesterday. First thing this morning we were in the pediatrician’s office. Next, one hospital for bloodwork. Then another hospital for a CT scan. And now, an appendectomy later, I’m sitting by my daughter as she rests and recovers.

When she first woke up from surgeryΒ – she asked for me.

Searched for me to help comfort her.

That moment hit me so hard, even now I get teary-eyed thinking about it.

She needed to know I was near.

So many things in my life suddenly dimmed in the light of this motherhood calling. What a blessing! What an honor!

What a reminder that there are BIG deals in life and little deals in life – and majority of the ‘bad’ things are very small.

Oh Lord, help me keep a clear perspective and a heart of gratitude.

This just in – here’s a picture of Lydia just a few minutes ago (7:45) She wanted people to see that all was well – except the fact that she cannot have ‘real’ food for a while. Bummer! She requested Bojangles!


  1. Melanie Dickerson

    Praise God your baby is okay! The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago with a friend and her 9-yr-old daughter. Weird how these things happen so suddenly! Praying for her quick recovery! Kids tend to bounce back fast, don’t they?
    Love you, girl! Hugs for your ordeal!

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Melanie.
      She’s talking to her best friends on the phone right now tellling them things like:
      “I got an IV and a CT. My appendix was getting too big and could BLOW UP. So they had to take it out.”

  2. Edwina Cowgill

    I’m so glad to hear your daughter is okay!

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Edwina! She’s a sweetie.

  3. May the K9 Spy and KC Frantzen


    What a beautiful photo of you two. Gracious. Cover-worthy!
    So thrilled she’s ok.
    ditto to Melanie’s comments.
    BIG HUGS!!!

    May sends her very very best greetings and would be most happy to nestle nearby and be a comfort… πŸ™‚

    • pepperbasham

      Oh KC, thanks so much. Tell May that Lydia is a BIG TIME dog lover and would cuddle RIGHT up with her!

  4. Jackie S.

    Glad the surgery is over and praying she has a quick recovery! She is adorable!!

  5. Julia

    Aww…what sweet pictures, especially of you and your daughter. Still praying! Glad she went through it OK.

    • Pepper

      Thanks Jackie & Julia! She’s feeling better this morning.

  6. Michelle

    So happy to hear that your daughter is okay, Pepper! And for the reminder to “keep a clear perspective and a heart of gratitude.”

    God bless you,

  7. laura Basham

    I hope she feels better fast! please tell her i am praying for her and i love her so much. shes grown up but she will always be my baby girl. xoxo miss you guys as well πŸ™‚

  8. Casey Herringshaw

    Darn! I was hoping for a pic of the appendix. πŸ˜‰

    But seriously, I am really, really glad this was able to be fixed, that she is doing okay and let her know I’ve been praying all the way from the other side of the WORLD (okay, Oregon. :-))

  9. Ellen Andersen

    You’re right. When the really important things come along, it gives us perspective on what truly matters and what doesn’t. So glad to hear your daughter is doing better.

  10. Keli Gwyn

    I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s surprise surgery but am glad to hear she’s doing well. I live in California and am not familiar with Bojangles (a restaurant, perhaps?), but whatever it is, I hope Lydia’s able to enjoy it soon.

  11. Sherrinda

    There’s nothing like the calling of a mother. A huge job. A huge blessing.

    I’m so thankful everything went well. I pray for a speedy recovery!

  12. Ruthy

    Nutmeg, you’re so stinkin’ beautiful! You OBVIOUSLY resemble your sainted father, saints be praised! And I’m lovin’ the bear, just lovin’ on him big time, and when I’m not teasing your mom, I love her to pieces too.

    So glad you’re doing well, and Bojangles Robinson is the only Bojangles I know, but whatever Bojangles is-or-was, I hope Jello suffices for a while.

    But not too long.

    Orange is my fave.

    What’s yours?

    • Pepper

      Ruthy! You are so funny.
      Lydia says that she does not like any flavor of jello, but the popcicles are doing the trick.
      And OH Yes – she and her older brother Aaron, look a whole lot like their daddy. Definitely Basham material.

      And she’s a bit stir crazy this morning – frustrated that she only has use of one arm because the other one has an IV. I think they serve things like french toast to taunt people with only one working arm πŸ˜‰

  13. Ruthy

    And, uh, btw, Pepster, why doesn’t my pic come up?? Did you block it? That’s kinda mean.

    A little mean, I’d say.

    • Pepper

      And I have no idea why your pic isn’t showing. Though…I have had so little sleep I could use my moment for a mean streak πŸ˜‰ I’d have good excuses.

  14. Jan

    Just wanted you to know I have been praying for all of you.

  15. audra

    What a beautiful young lady and smiling already after such an ordeal. Pepper, isn’t it spooky when your kids tell you something hurts, or they spike a fever, or just feel blah and you don’t know how bad it is?

    Love and prayer are what we’re equipped with to take on the daunting job of raising little human beings. Luckily for us, both elements are available in abundance!

    Get better, Lydia!


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