It’s Monday and I just had a great day. It wasn’t actually sunny today – on the contrary, it rained, then sleeted, and finally snowed. But I had a wonderful day just the same. Nate has worked a full ‘regular’ day (which means he leaves before I get up and he’s still gone at 8pm.) I did my ‘quiet time’ with the Lord this morning – of course while multi-tasking and feeding Luke, but I don’t think He minded. I did school with Nathan. I read Bible with the kids. I did chores. I even did my exercise routine. I made a nice homemade dinner. I took Nathan to karate practice and picked him up (Nate’s picked him up for the the longest time so the fact that I bundled the 3 younger kids all up and went back out is quite a lot for me!) Even though Luke was kind of fussy this morning and Emily was being very stubborn about obeying, I kept my cool with all of the kids and I just felt great.
I know this is so normal and routine, but for me, this is the first time in over 6 months where I’ve felt almost ‘normal’ and have had a day like this. A day where I felt good, where I wasn’t on bedrest or unable to walk without excruciating pain, or recovering from giving birth via c-section, or dealing with severe anemia & the exhaustion that comes with it. Oh yeah and not being sick after our bout with the flu 2 weeks ago! I feel just great! Just being able to exercise this afternoon and not be completely exhausted afterwards was the most exhilarating feeling.
We are all fully recovered from that nasty flu – a couple of us still have an occasional cough, but that’s it and it is so wonderful to feel healthy again! We stayed home this weekend – I really wanted to go to church, but I didn’t want to risk passing this virus onto anyone else plus (the main reason) I didn’t want to risk any of us picking up another illness right now. I’m looking forward to a quiet “normal” week this week. Next week 3 of the kids have a doctor appointment (regular checkups) and then Nate has a certain procedure on Thursday. He’s fine but I’m not sure I should go into it on my blog here so I won’t for now… and I’ll be taking care of him for a few days while he recovers. But for now, I am enjoying life as a mom to my 4 precious children and counting my blessings every day.
One thing the Lord has really put on my heart lately is to work on my contentment and joy. I am trying harder to just be joyful about life – to enjoy life now. In this very moment versus wishing for “tomorrow.” It’s really helped, even during tough times like when Luke was in the hospital 2 weeks ago. I remember sitting there in the hospital room feeling very sick myself and scarcely able to keep my eyes open and I thought to myself “you know this is such a brief moment in my life and before I know it, this too will pass.” And sure enough it did, and here we are almost 2 weeks later and feeling good again. I can’t say I exactly enjoyed that moment, but the Lord has been working on my heart and it’s definitely been showing (to me anyways!)As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve always been a glass half-empty kind of person and I’m trying to change that to be a “glass half-full” type of person. Maybe that’s a little ambitious, but I think you can get what I’m saying.
Luke is 8 weeks old and will be 2 months on Wednesday. He is just so precious and I am trying to soak up every second with him as I know I will just blink and he will be a toddler running around like Joshua is now.
I think Luke is going through a growth spurt now as he’s been eating more the past 36 hours and rather grumpy too. Normally 6 weeks is the typical growth spurt, but Luke was in the hospital and battling the flu, so I don’t think it happened on ‘schedule.’
I’ll try to get more recent pictures up soon. I never did share any of the hospital. I have a most pathetic picture from my camera phone (I didn’t bring my regular camera) but I need to have Nate upload that as I always forget how.
I really should just post more often- there are so many times when I want to write something but then I think well I need to share my most recent pictures of the kids and it’s on the other computer so I wait. But I really want to get back to more regular blogging so I’m going to just blog when I want and not worry about that.
Ooh I’m excited because my little blog here is going to be getting a makeover soon! I won a blog makeover from A Mommy’s Sweet Blog Design via a giveaway on the Coupon Scoop! I’m so excited! 🙂
Also, look for 2 giveaways coming soon right here – one for Yoplait Light and another for Yoplait kids!