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May 12, 2008



Oh Jan, I can't imagine having a lost child! Mine are all girls, and never had such "excellent adventures"!!! YIKES!!! You certainly deserve a TRIPLE portion of chocolate today!! I hope you have a blissfully UNeventful day today!!



My word, I went through the emotions on this one: fright, near tears, laughter, relief, and then top it off with a little retail therapy! What an adventure. Know what, my 4-year-old is obsessed with Legos and saves his $1/week allowance for them. If we didn't live 15 miles out of town in the mountains, he'd ride his scooter to go get them himself, too. Then again, he just might think the 15 mile up-and-down trip might be worth it.


Praise the Lord for sure! I can't imagine what you were going through. We don't live close to a store...or mine would probably try this, too!

I LOVE the SEI buttons. They have the BEST colors!

Glad you survived the weekend!

Cindy H.

My heart was in my throat the whole time I was reading your blog. I cannot imagine the fear you must have felt and then thankfully the relief when William was home safe again. You definitely need some chocolate and pampering.

Looks like you had a fun day at the scrapbooking meet - lots of goodies to enjoy!


Oh Jan, you had me in tears one second and laughing the next with this post! I'm sooo thankful there was a good ending with your son, and sorry about the flu--yucko!

As a church organist, I'm right there with you....practicing those hymns the night before, or in my case, usually the morning of...making sure nobody else gets to sleep either!

Have a great day!

Kay Kalthoff

Oh, my goodness . . . my heart was pounding as I read your post. How awful that feeling must have been while William was missing. You must have remained quite cool, calm and collected by the sounds of it. The Lord surely had his angels out that night!
Your purchases look really fun - can't wait to see what you all do with them!


Hi Jan,
I have become an avid follower of your blog and as I began to read your story I knew your fear, but somehow knew it would be ok or you wouldn't have been posting about it already.
When my middle son was only 2 we where shopping, and suddenly he was just gone. He had not wanted to set in the shopping cart. Well to make a long story short the little monkey had hidden in a clothing rack. The clerks and I found him when he began to giggle as we frantically hunted for him. I will say it only lasted about 5 mins but it seemed a life time. I am so happy your son and your family are safe.
Bless you and thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us all,


Crikey! I think you deserve a weekend away, all by your onesie, with some goodly rubber, waited on hand and foot for meals, and no other responsibilities, girlfriend! My son wandered off like that once, and I about had a coronary. We luckily found him just before we were ready to call the police. I now know why some animals eat their young. And, the cause of all the grey hair I've been sprouting!


Sharon King

OMG Jan, I use to live at Inkster and West Chicago in Livonia so I know exactly how far William had travled when you said the Target store. I very glad for you all that he was safe and that God was there when you couldn't be...thinking of the roads he had to cross oh my.
Love your blog.
Sharon King

Kim Williams

Jan, I am so very glad that William made it safely home! My daughter wandered off from me one day at the Toys R Us. She managed to completely disappear in a matter of about 5 seconds, literally. I had the whole store on lockdown because she was only two at the time and I couldn't imagine her getting away that quickly. Luckily, we found her looking at the various fish toys, but my heart was about to pound out of my chest. I hope that William decides to ask someone to take him to Target next time.

You are right, it is a good feeling knowing that God was with your son when you couldn't be...and a legion of angels as well! Thank you for such a wonderful blog!



My husband and I have just finished reading your Mother's Day Tale and it brought a smile to our faces. We have done the search thing on many occasions with our son who is now twelve!

Jordan and his sister also fight like cat and dog but if anything upsets him or he is being told off, she gets extremely upset and defensive!

The one thing we would both like to know is.......
Did you treat your son to the extra money for his Lego Set?......


Girl girl girl, Wow what a time right. It is stories like this one that make me wonder why it is criminal to chain children:) And I too can't wait to see what you come up with next. All that energy built up and new toys. This will be good. Take care honey and lots of chocolate therapy ought to help.

Jen Orbaker

Oh my goodness! So glad everything turned out ok. I can't imagine losing one of my children! It is such a scary thing! What a mother's day story!

Janet S

Bless your heart! I have lost a kid or two before, but mine always managed to get lost in stores. My heart was pounding just reading about your "adventure from Parentland". LOL I, too, went to the Mega Meet, but I went on Saturday. I took 3 classes, 2 of which were SEI. I loved their classes. Lindsay was so fun. She gave out lots of prizes! We all LOVE prizes. I ended up joining the SEI mini kit club. I also bought a bunch of the cool velvet paper since we used it in the two classes. I bought a bunch of BIGZ dies for my Big Shot, too. I wish I had enough time to play with all my new toys. I think I spend more time on blogs "looking" for ideas and buying more stamps/stuff than I do actually creating! LOL Who else can relate to that? Hope your week goes well and very uneventful.

Kelley H.

SO glad to hear he is OK. Just reading your story made me nervous!!


Ugh! My heart goes out to you. So glad everything turned out OK. At least now you have some fun new goodies to play with, right? : )


Oh the shedding of tears and the joyful embraces of losing and finding a child. But his dissapointment in not having enough money and having to come home empty handed was somewhat of the Lord's reminder to let parents know what's going on. I hope all your endings are happy ones..

Corinne (aka Roxy)

I agree....I'm so thankful that God IS everywhere !!! I have officially become the worst waster of kleenex in the world...therefore destroying the envirnoment in one fatal swoop just from crying from ready your post today ! I'm so thankful that William is safe and I pray that soon your family will be finished with the flu. You got some fantastic treasures and I couldn't be happier for you !!!

Alexandra Hobson

Jan, I am REALLY glad William is okay - I got anxious just reading this!! Gosh, sometimes our kids can put us through the wringer!!! And, I hope everyone gets over the nasty virus soon!

Your goodies are wonderful - good for you for staying in budget, that never happens with me - LOL!


Dianne Shiozaki

Praise God he got home safely without a thought as to the magnitude of what he had done..!!wow..what an adventure..someday, he'll think about this day and realize how scary it was for you, and the rest of the family! What a mother's day weekend you had!!!


OM gosh Jan.. how scary! So glad everything turned out ok!

Dawn Burnworth

Oh my goodness I cannot even imagine your panick. I would have been so upset. I tend to overreact anyway. I am so glad he is home safe and sound. He must be a really smart young man. Brave too. Thanks for sharing all your goodies. I love them all.
Dawn B.

Samantha (SammyStamper)

I'm so happy William made it home safe and sound. I remember my sister at 7 years old disappeared with my 6 yr old neighbor and everyone took off looking for them. They tried to go to the mall which was at least 5 miles away to buy a cat. My sister had saved her money and saw how much they were at the mall pet store the night before and really wanted one. Thankfully neighbors saw them crossing the highway and knew something was right and grab them and called from a pay phone. My sister did get a cat a month later, but I think she was grounded for some time.

Janean C.

You poor thing...I've never had to call the police, but I've had to have a store close all the doors and bring every available clerk to the front to search for my son who was later found in the restroom in one of the stalls, due to his heighth and oneriness couldn't be seen and was mute for a few moments when someone called his name and went looking for him. Very scary..


Wow . . . I am so not looking forward to my kids getting a little older, I tell you. Mine are 3 and 4 years old and I could definitely see my son doing something as "brave" as your's. We lose him just about on every shopping trip because once he decides he wants to do something he doesn't wait for help or ask if it's okay . . .he just goes on his merry way. If he only knew the stress that he causes his poor mother. I could feel your agony as I was reading your post. Hopefully it will be the last midnight wandering!

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