The fog has started to lift. Though not every day is good with little Zack, he is making his way out of his infant crabbiness and having more good days than bad. Let me tell you, having two parents who both dislike the baby stage anyway makes for some tough times when colic strikes!! Our family has weathered the storm and it looks like we’ll all survive!
I am so thankful for forgiveness, for new mercies, for the promises of God. I am thankful for my three older kids who have taken this whole thing in stride and know it won’t last forever. As I sat on the floor with Colin, Maddy and Elliot oohing and ahhing over the baby as he smiled this evening, I got a glimpse of our family’s dynamic when things settle down. I love to see the kids loving on each other. What a blessing!
I am thankful for Jason and his desire to see me happy and fulfilled. He supports my hobbies, he makes me laugh even in the midst of it all, and he understands that the crabby woman of the last couple of months is really not me!
I’m thankful that I decided to continue homeschooling. This was not an easy decision, since I couldn’t see past the colic some days. But tomorrow Colin will not be getting on the big yellow bus and I am grateful to have him home again this year. Maddy is starting to read and Elliot is a little ball of energy and creativity. Our school is full and rewarding.
Lastly, I’m thankful to my sister for this:
Sue said, “We’ve all had our trials in life, but not many are more painful or hard to live through as giving birth to a Micro-Preemie. My niece, Maddy was born at 25 weeks and weighed 1lb, 11oz. Christine and her family lived day-to-day not knowing if Maddy would survive and if she did survive, they did not know the extent of any problems she might encounter. My Sister spent 3 months splitting herself between my niece in the hospital and my 2 year old nephew at home, as well as the normal life things that won’t go away during a crisis. It takes a lot of courage to make it through a crisis, let alone a crisis that involves the your child’s life hanging in the balance. Thankfully Maddy is now an almost 5 year old Spitfire who is perfectly healthy.”
I never felt courageous at that time. I just did what I had to do. God gives us the strength each day to do what’s necessary. Like the manna, we don’t have anything left over for tomorrow, but in the morning new strength appears. Thanks Sue!!
I want to give this award to Laura who has moved halfway around the world and has been so positive even amidst all of the changes in her life! Laura, you’re inspiring!