|Posted by ruthsmithmeyer-com on February 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM|
This is another blog in the series under Ruth Snyder's Blog Hop:
Ellie Schwartz enters the story of Not Easily Broken as a pink-cheeked, starry-eyed thirteen year-old getting the house ready for the visit of her sister Regina’s fiancé. A year later, her chestnut curls pinned up in an adult style, bedecked in a light, apple-green frock, and still starry-eyed, she acts as bridesmaid in her sister’s marriage to John Kurtz.
In the next seven years, Ellie matures into an enthusiastic, strong-minded young woman, and becomes engaged to be married to an equally ambitious young man. Her family has perceived that when she lifts her chin in the midst of a test or argument, that her stubbornness has been roused. They may as well sit back and watch her meet the challenge and solve the dilemma, for she will do it in her own way.
That’s when Ellie’s world brings sudden and drastic changes. That determination is confronted with a challenge that not many face. After the death of her sister in child birth, her parents order her to break her engagement to her beau and marry John Kurtz so that their two granddaughters will remain in the family. She is aghast at the thought and pleads for sanity. In the face of their unrelenting determination, there seems to be no alternative. Ellie realizes she has the choice of holding on to resentment and despair or accepting the challenge and making the most of it.
With heart-rending sadness, she breaks her engagement to Gerhard and with John’s acceptance to her parents plan, gradually sets her mind to make the marriage the best she can make it. She needs to learn simultaneously to let go of Gerhard, begin to appreciate then tentatively love John, all the while adjusting to being mother to her two nieces. She learns to lean on God and trust him to bring into being a love of their own. More than once, when her heart fills with despair, she can be seen taking a deep breath, raising her chin and proceeding with determination. Her spirit still retains the enthusiasm and strength of character but she also becomes increasingly gentle and joyful. A new son is born and adds a new perspective to the marriage of Ellie and John.
Just when life’s circumstances become settled and relaxed, Ellie and her family are thrown into another agonizing catastrophe that brings more trial and adversity than Ellie thinks she can handle. Living with her through this new anguish, one is amazed at the clarity of her purpose in supporting her children while finding her own way through yet another life-changing challenge. With their mother’s shining example, the girls mature into responsible young women, her son finds his way. Ellie herself opens her life and heart to new joys.
Ellie certainly lives a life that can be an example to others going through difficulties life throws at them, and find a way to make stumbling blocks into stepping stones.