Originally posted by Kara Huntinghouse of LDS Smile.
Trials. Why do they have to happen? Why is this a part of every single person’s life? They come when no one is expecting them and they come with a vengeance.
March 10th started out like any other day for the Beames family but quickly turned into a day that has changed their family’s lives. As Hayley, a mother of 5, left her house to take her son Cole to scouts she left her other four children ages 13, 12, 11 and 5 at home. As 5 year old Aribella laid on her mothers bed watching cartoons, she realized she had to use the bathroom. She got up and left her mother’s room. Minutes later the laptop that had been left on the bed next to where Aribella was sitting, overheated and burst into flames. The bedding was quickly engulfed and the entire room was covered in flames minutes later. Hunter, Aribella’s older brother, came up to see what was going on and saw the room. He quickly shut the door to the room and went to find his little sister. He was able to find her and get her and his other siblings quickly out of the house and to the neighbors to get help.
Many of you know that our name SMILE stands for Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal. But another acronym we love to use is Small Miracles In Life Everyday. This is our motto when trials come sweeping into our lives. Sometimes it is the only way we can see through to the end. We watch for these small miracles and even when we feel lost, alone, and sometimes aching in pain, if watched for, these miracles will shine through.
The Beames’ home was destroyed that day. There was smoke damage to the entire main and upper floors and water damage to the entire basement. There were very few things that they were able to save. And then a small miracle happened.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.