I remember huddling deep down in my covers while my best friend slept peacefully nearby. It was a sleepover at her house, and she always had incredible stories of haunting and ghostly sightings that thrilled my senses and tormented my sleep! I would lay awake forever after her stories, scanning the room for my own unearthly sightings. I have always been intrigued at the thought of spirits walking our halls and visiting us from time to time, but I am not at all excited by scary movies or books and I could most certainly do without anything creepy walking the halls of my home. Friendly ghosts....sure. Not so friendly ghosts.....not so much!
A couple of years ago, Emilee started into the "I'm scared of the monster in my closet" phase, but it quickly became evident that whatever was "in the closet", was very real to her, and caused her poor little heart a significant amount of concern and even terror. We prayed for angels, we dedicated our home, we dedicated her bedroom, we cast out evil, and Tyler even gave her a blessing every night before bed for a period of time....and still the haunting continued. There were several nights spent in our room in a little make shift bed on the floor. We worked tirelessly to calm a troubled heart and convince a fearful girl, that she was just fine, and that nothing was going to hurt her.......and then it happened.
3:00 a.m. my eyes opened wide to the sound of Emilee's bedroom door knob popping. I rolled to my back and saw the door swing wide open and then quickly shut. I waited for her pitter patter to hurry across the hall, but nothing. I waited.....and waited, but no sound. No movement. My heart started to beat furiously as I realized it was not my sweet daughter who opened the bedroom door. My mind trying to convince my own troubled heart that everything was fine...and that nothing was going to hurt me. I finally woke Tyler up and asked if he would go with me to check on the girls, afraid of what I might find on my own. We quietly opened their door to find both of them sitting up in their beds wide eyed with fright and confusion!
I asked Emilee if she had opened her door, to which she replied, "No Mommy, but my walls were moving!" What??!!!! We gathered both of our babies and brought them to our room for the remainder of the night.
The next day things returned to normal, and night after night remained as before with complaints of fear that gradually faded away.....that is, until this week!! On Saturday night Emilee refused to go to bed. Her poor little heart beating fast and her squeaky little voice pleading for a house that isn't so scary!! " I want a room that isn't so scary Mommy!" "I know sweetheart, and someday we will have one, but for now we need to be brave, and trust Heavenly Father to take care of us. When we are afraid we can tell Him and He will send Angels to watch over us and protect us."
Nothing could convince our poor girl that she would be alright and we endured a long night of fearful emotion! Tyler eventually ended up sleeping right next to her in her bed for the majority of the night! Then last night it happened again. I was having a difficult time sleeping, tossing and turning and feeling uncomfortable when at 1:00 a.m. on the dot, the girl's bedroom door opened up and then quickly closed, only no one came out, no one cried out.....no sound, no other movement. I laid there awake for a good 20 minutes waiting to hear my girls, but I must have drifted off to sleep, because when Emilee cried out it was nearly 3:30 a.m. I hurried to her side to offer my love and comfort. She told me she was scared, and I whispered words of assurance and rubbed her little feet. She finally gained enough courage to finish the night in her room and I went back to bed around 4:00 a.m.
I've decided that doors opening and closing in the night is not my cup o' tea! Even if they are friendly ghosts. I prefer peaceful nights filled with sweet dreams and content babies in their cozy little beds.
I'm trying to be brave and content with where we are, but I must admit I am hoping to live in a "not so scary" house someday myself!