Prelude to the Country

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa

Before going “into the country” today, Alyssa needed to make a brief stop at the Farmers Market.

I don’t know if you have a place like this where you live, but I want to buy everything whenever I go into the store. There are rows and rows of beautiful produce, meats, cheeses, spices and a myriad of other items. However, for the trip today, Alyssa was looking for something that she usually doesn’t eat…


Every color and flavor candy imaginable is visible in clear containers side by side in long rows.

Of course, it took her a while to decide which sugary confection would satisfy the candy craving. I was hoping that whatever she chose would help her gain back the twenty-five pounds she has lost.

I just stood around like her shadow watching as she contemplated and examined one item after the next, My heart was full of gratitude that her life has been spared.

But eventually, Alyssa figured out just what the occasion warranted and gave me a smile so I would stop taking pictures of her in the store.

I think she was feeling especially Texan today which I’m sure inspired her footwear…

I think she’s so beautiful and marveled all day that I gave birth to such a marvelous child.


“The child must know
that he she is a miracle,
that since the beginning
of the world there hasn’t been,
and until the end
of the world there will not be,
another child like him her.”
~Pablo Casals~

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica May 30, 2010 at 3:26 am

She is beautiful! My daughter's name is Alyssa, too. She is 4. 🙂 I love the quote as well!


2 bluecottonmemory May 30, 2010 at 4:53 am

I am so glad you had a wonderful day with your daughter! How mighty is our God and how gentle He is to guide us through these challenges! Blessings on your weekend!


3 Navyvet May 30, 2010 at 5:34 am

hello my Sherry, I cried tonight when I looked at these pictures and thanked my Lord, My
father for our Alyssa. I am a grateful Nanny and I will live the rest of my life in gratitude.



4 Around the Kitchen Table May 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

To God be the Glory!! Alyssa has been in my prays and it is wonderful to know she is up and about. She looks absolutely beautiful.

The candy jars look Yummmmm…… Can you tell I have a sweet tooth 🙂


5 Natacha May 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

Beautiful photos, beautiful daughter, beautiful day, beautiful quote…. a beautiful post…awesome blog!

And I am thankful that your daughter is feeling better and is out of the worst of her experience.


6 Making Sense of It All - Day by Day May 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I'm so happy too, Sherry, that you have your Alyssa and had the day yesterday.


7 Lou Belcher May 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Beautiful pictures and a wonderful poem to go with them.

Have a great day.


8 Home's Where My Heart Is May 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

It warms my heart to see her smiling face and read that you're taking her to the country. How quickly life changes from one week to the next. Praise God she is well.

Have a great weekend,



9 Zaffiro May 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

It's marvelous the way that you love your daughter!


10 Carol May 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

If more children would be loved such as this child, what a world we would have.

God Bless and by the way, our markets have nothing but good food for you. Lucky you. Giggle


11 Andrea May 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Gorgeous! So glad she's doing better.


12 Danica-Dragonfly June 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Wow … I slacked a bit in my reading and all heck breaks loose!

So – in 15 minutes I've gone from shock to sadness to relief to gratitude to awe of that beautiful child you have there.

My girls are 5 & 7 and sometimes I forget that this worry and concern is going to stay with me until the day I die.

I'm very happy that Alyssa seems to be on the mend.


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