Sweet Words


I recently ran into a family that I had known for decades. We had a sweet relationship back then; our families would share meals, worship at church together, and serve together. I had such fond memories of this family and have thought of them often over the past few decades.

I’m not sure why we stopped hanging out. There was no falling out or harsh words, come to think of it. I think the family may have changed churches, for one closer to home. Our circles were not the same anymore, so we drifted apart.

It was the type of friendship that you think of warmly and remember fondly.

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I ran into the family recently at the funeral of our former pastor. It was a wonderful reunion and it seemed as though not one day had gone by since seeing them the last time. We laughed, we caught up on each other’s lives, and reminisced of the days gone by.

The daughter in the family was in my small group at church, and I had served as her children’s pastor. She was visiting with her parents after six months in Europe and then was headed to New York the next weekend, so she was at the funeral.

She took me aside and said she wanted to talk to me. Curious as to what this conversation might be about, she said she just wanted to thank me. I was caught a bit off guard. I had such fond memories of her as she was growing up and had helped her in making some spiritual decisions decades ago. But thanking me? She went on to explain that she had thought about me over the years and had remembered things that I had taught her and was grateful for me.

I was a puddle of emotion, but trying to keep it together, I hugged her. 

She went on to say some specific ways that I had helped her with and that she is who she is today because of the things that I taught her. I’m so glad she shared those words and asked to speak to me. Such sweet words, from seeds planted decades ago.

Is there anyone that you need to share sweet words with, perhaps tell them how they helped you or thank them for being part of your life? Don’t let the opportunity pass you by…

What are the chances that a funeral would bring a jet-setting young adult in town to the exact spot I was at for this sweet word exchange? No coincidence rather a divine appointment.

Share the sweet words, it may be just want someone needs to hear.

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Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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