Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

A Prayer for Beebee


Last Sunday a group of young parents with their toddler kids gathered at my son’s house to watch football.  David said the kids were going wild, running everywhere. And I’m sure the adults were going wild in the living room too, as they cheered the Forty Niners to what they hoped would be victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

But the day brought a heartbreaking finish. And that night, as Amanda was getting our three year old grandson ready for bed, she realized just how heartbreaking the day had been.

Beyond the fact that San Francisco had lost…Beebee was lost!

Bee BeeWe all know that Beebee is Nathan’s constant bedtime companion.  The beaver sleeps with him and wakes up with him. They have their morning milk together and he falls asleep flicking Beebee’s tooth over and over again.

This was a real crisis!

David told us the story the next day.

While Amanda was trying to calm down her overtired, frantic little boy, David combed the back yard with a flashlight. The kids had brought lots of toys out into the yard, but no stuffed beaver.  He climbed up on the fence, and flashed his light into neighbors’ back yards.  Yep – they had thrown some toys over the fence, but no Beebee. He even went and knocked on the door of a new neighbor and asked if he could take a closer look in their back yard.

(Most parents have had the experience. I remember retracing my steps through about 7 stores when Monica lost her doll, Ellie on a long grocery shopping trip.)

Last Sunday night Beebee was nowhere to be found.  David said he stood there overwhelmed and thoroughly tired. He couldn’t think of anywhere else to look. Then it occurred to him that they had not prayed. He’s a strong Christian daddy, and usually remembers to direct his children’s attention first to Jesus, but on this crazy, tiring day it had slipped his mind.

He went into Nathan’s room, where the little guy stood sobbing. David squatted down and put his arms around his son, “Nathan, we are going to pray and ask Jesus to take care of Beebee and bring him back, okay?”

Nathan gave a shuddering little sob and nodded, as David hugged him close. “Dear Jesus…”

As David began to pray, his eyes were at the level of the low shoe shelf in Nathan’s closet, and there, on top of some shoes, was Beebee!

His heart was soaring as he finished the prayer. “Amen! …You doin’ okay, Buddy?”

Nathan nodded.

David said, “Okay, we’re going to trust Jesus to help us find Beebee. But now it’s really late so why don’t you pick up your shoes and go put them on the shelf and we’ll finish getting ready for bed.”

“Okay.”  Nathan picked up his shoes and headed over to his shoe shelf where he got the answer to his prayer.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

3 thoughts on “A Prayer for Beebee

  1. With all the anticipated new arrivals in coming days; there might just be a few more lost, misplaced or chewed up personal and cherished items in the lives of your adorable grandchildren – makes for wonderful memories and excitement.

  2. I am so proud of Nathons daddy, his little one will always remember that spcial prayer his daddy made.
    Jesus is and will always be with this special family. May God Bless and keep them closely in his arms.

  3. I am so proud of David. He is such a special daddy. I miss seeing him and his family. God Bless his family and your  growing family. Love Lil

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