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Our house has always been full of children. They come and go from time to time.

They come to me one by one. Some of them I turn away, just to see them return another day. Like Jewel, she has long brown hair. With freckles on her face, her skin is clear. She is 14 years old now. I have watched her transformation, as she has grown over the last two years. Her brown eyes sparkle. Her white teeth shine. She is approximately 5 "2" in height. She wears jeans and a t-shirt. Her baby will be one year old this month. A thick brown haired, healthy looking 1 year old. I never dreamed that two years ago Jewel would come and go through my life. Just like Jimmy, she came and left again. There seems to be a pattern here with chidlren. I once told an old boy friend of mine, that my house would always be full of children. I scared that boy friend away, not knowing  that yes, my house has been full of children. I lost count of the number of children who have came through our house. This house has always had the laughter and love of chidlren. Times in my life I have grown tired and allowed myself to be overworked. People have came to me asking for help. Their children needed help. There have been times, when I have had to say no because, my load has been heavy. There have been times, when I stopped and prayed for guidance. I have always needed a special measure of God's peace and love at certain times in my life. These children who have passed through these doors add peace to my life. They are like empty vessels waiting to be filled. Filled up with knowledge of God and school work. As the empty space is filled, their lives light up. 

                                                                 Lee Hartsell  2008

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Reviewed by John Domino 3/13/2009
You ARE a blessing! Never get tried of doing good.
The reward for you will be eternal!

John Michael
Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 11/7/2008
Hello Sandra, I read "Safe", found it heart warming and so uplifting that there are good people out there that really care especially for those children that need to feel safe, sometimes for the first time. Well done. PLease feel free to visit my site here in the "Den"
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 9/15/2008
I too have helped a 16 yr old who has a 6 mo baby girl. She will find life hard in the future, grounded in lots of ways. Too early too. I gave her my furniture I wasn't taking to my new place I moved to. She surely was appreciative of everything I gave her. Glad I could help a child out who is going into adulthood too fast.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 9/13/2008
This is a lovely piece that you have written.I know its tough to see your children move away,but they will always love you and I know you will always love them.Its a part of life,both sad and happy times.More happy than sad :-).Take good care of yourself

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/13/2008
It must be hard to see them go, Sandra. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/13/2008
Enjoyed very much..have a wonderful and safe day ...Hugss
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