Some or all of us have been sick in my family since February. Most recently Deladis developed another UTI and a cold, John had a cold, and Ivy got a cold which turned to the croup. Deladis and Ivy have been sick all week. Today, they both started a new week still sick. Fortunately, I’ve not been sick this time around, but as the caregiver it takes its toll. My stress level is out the roof, and I am constantly trying to strengthen or console my little girls, all while trying to convince my man to take a multi-vitamin. 🙂
I was heartbroken when my dad tried to take Deladis fishing for the first time this season on Saturday, and had to bring her right back home because she was too weak to stay. I was angry that my little baby was once again to the point of straining to breathe. I was taking just a minute to wonder why I’ve been losing hair in gobs, having awful mood swings, and feeling completely down with no other reason than all the illness around and my husband having to be away so much.
And then God blesses me with today.
I make the most delicious whole wheat pancakes I have made ever. I ate them with plain yogurt and blackberry preserves. Ivy found the first peaceful sleep in days at 11:30am and didn’t wake until 4:00pm. Deladis relaxed next to me on the couch, and fell off to sleep around 1pm. I typed three handwritten chapters of my novel into the laptop, worked on the blog, researched some recipes for next week, read up on good fat vs. bad fat, and cleaned the bathroom (which included mopping). I discovered I could roast a chicken without a roasting pan, that it is proven that vegetable oils, refined sugar, and white flour causes heart disease… not fat, and relearned that there is always a calm before and after a storm.
Just when I thought my body and mind wouldn’t give me another day to be strong enough to take care of my sick babies. Just when I wanted to scream not another day. Just when I was about to give up ever being able to enjoy another sunny day any time in the near future. Just when I thought I was losing ground…
God blesses me with today, and I’m renewed at least in spirit.