Friday, July 17, 2015

Death, Life and moving forward: Pearl and William: UYW July 2015

Are you new to UYW? Use Your Words is a monthly writing challenge where I'm given a group of random words to use in a creative way. For me, I began writing an Amish love story back in Februray of 2014. I have continued this story each month since. So if you're new, here are the links so you can "catch up" on the happenings of Pearl and William.

Installment 1 :a love story
Pearl stood staring at the freshly covered grave as tears welled up. Her worst fear had come true. Frowning, she buried her head into Williams strong shoulder and gave way to the grief.
The evolution of events was overwhelming.
Poor Cousin Sarah, she had suffered so much and now this. Would she be able to stand up against this new wave of grief, would she fall into a depression again or worse give up living?
Cautiously Pearl stole a glance at Sarah and Abe. There they stood, arm and arm, surrounded by their 3 children looking at the fresh mound of dirt that now covered their precious baby born too early to survive.
Sarah insisted on naming the wee little one. Mary Grace. Mary for their grandmother and Grace because that was how they lived their lives, by God's grace.
Slowly Abe gathered his family and they trudged back to the Dawdi house with heads hung low.
Pearl felt so guilty as she stood holding her sweet little Thomas (now 9 months old) while William held Hanna who was now stirring and likely needing to be fed. William knowing what she was thinking, reached over with one hand and stroked her shoulder. With a weak smile he nodded and they turned for the house.
Six months had gone by with life happening and God's grace upon them. Now another tragedy to face. What would it be like to live in a world of mediocrity? Sarah stood looking out the window. Was God punishing her for her waywardness? Was this the result of her sin and life as Ruby? She shook her head to clear her thoughts. No. God did not work that way. Things just happened. Going into labor early and delivering such a tiny one, it just happened. It broke her heart and Abe's as well, the children did not understand and honestly she did not either but she was determined to rise above this. She read earlier in the day a bible verse that kept vibrating in her soul "with God all things are possible" yes, she would survive this, yes they would have another child, yes the crops would prosper this season. WHY? Because, with God all things are possible. She clung to this as her lifes breath.
Abe came and stood beside his wife. He gently placed an arm around her shoulder, one by one the children came and stood beside them, eventually holding on to her skirt and each other. They stood in silence and allowed the tears to flow. After some time, Sarah shook herself and said "we will not allow this to be the end, we will live, love and continue on". Abe, shocked by such a bold statement but excited to see some fervor in his wife, smiled and nodded his agreement. The children, a little confused, asked if they could go play in the hay mound. Sarah said "yes but change into your work clothes, finish feeding the cattle and they go play" they took off with little squeals of joy.
As the children took off towards the barn William watched them run and tease each other, oh how it did his heart good to see them smile. Yes we will all be fine, by the grace of God, His love and power, our families WILL be just fine. 
Thomas let out a wail alerting everyone within hearing distance that he wanted to be fed. Hanna quickly followed suit and so their afternoon of feeding, changing and setting about with supper preparations began but William would not change it for the world. Yes he was up way before dawn getting work done so he could help Pearl with the twins and truth be told, he enjoyed every minute of it.

Your words are:
mediocrity ~ fear ~ evolution ~ frowning ~ buried
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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                             Baking In A Tornado                        Spatulas on Parade                                          The Momisodes                       The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                           Southern Belle Charm                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                       Confessions of a part-time working mom                           Someone Else’s Genius                             Climaxed                                  Never Ever Give Up Hope                                  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo    The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver                  The Angrivated Mom

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  1. Glad to see Pearl and William are back. Loved the emotion in this piece and the truth of "we will live, love and continue on"

    1. Thank you Carol, I really had no idea what to do with the words but when I sat down, it just flowed.

  2. Oh no :-(
    Sometimes it seems too hard to "live, love and continue on" - then again what else are you supposed to do?
    PS: Can you see what you're doing here with us? Your "characters" feel like real friends, and if they endure hardships, we are sad, too.

    1. They have become very real it seems to my faithful readers as well as myself. :)

  3. What a story! I can't wait to go back and read the other installments. This is my first time, but I am loving this challenge and your story was so good.

    1. Glad you stopped by, hope you go back and read the other installments and fall in love with Pearl and William like the rest of us have.

  4. I LOVE when it's time for the next installment of Pearl and William.
    And you have me feeling so bad for Sarah, she really has such a hard life. It's good to see her showing her strength.

    1. After all she's been through, it's time to show endurance and strength.

  5. Hate that for Sarah and Abe. She's a strong woman, but this, well it would break the strongest. Hope the crops do well this year~

    1. Life is hard, rarely do we float through unscathed but hopefully things will turn around.

  6. I bet William wouldn't change a thing indeed. :)

    1. In many ways I am Pearl but I am Sarah as well. Things are rough but it makes us who we are and if we change something we change us.

  7. Great. I'm the reason the baby's dead. Damn my words!

    Great piece, though. Always love a good story.

    1. oh no! It's just where I took the words, I had no plan - just sat down and starting typing. LOL guess I'm morbid.