our most recent weekend was not the family-fun-errand-outing-weekend we're used to upon hub's return home from... where did you go again this time, hun? indianapolis? i think that's it.
gracie's symptoms hit her harder thursday night. an early flu? nothing a little knowledge and run to the vitamin store couldn't tackle. friday morning, we retrieved hubs from the airport. needless to say, friday and saturday were good times. did i mention hubs was sick, too? yeah. poor guy. no grillin' goin' on in our hizz-ay over the weekend.
my poor momma and wifey heart.
thankfully, nator was well... and eager to help. she's a handy girlie to have around. nurturing seems an innate quality in this little bundle of joy. she's gonna make a wonderful wifey and mother... one day.
sunday, theater called a 4 hour rehearsal. we tucked dad in at home, while nator and i tucked gracie in at the theater. she was feeling well enough to watch and say a few lines.
we also got word from a dear family member that their health is potentially more serious than your momentary flu. sometimes, life just seems unfair. it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel in those moments.
i have to be reminded that they are just that. moments.
it's up to me as to how i react. i know that. but sometimes... well, i honestly want to throw a good two-or-three-year-old-tantrum. our hearts are tempted to become anxious.
then... i'm reminded of his goodness. god's goodness. and all that he's done for us already. for starters, the gift of his son. it's all perspective, really.
light is to darkness, as thankfulness is to complaint.
so this holiday season, while we are working on a stuff-mart list of wanted-fun-items under the tree, we also remember what's important. the needed things that can never be wrapped...
pure love. cherished family memories. hugs till you can't breath. laughter till your tummy hurts. health. wellsprings of patience. trust. kindness. honesty. true beauty. perseverance. close friendship. seeing the goodness in others... and yourself. hope for what is to come. child-like faith. compassion. loyalty. and joy... unspeakable joy.
and may you have it all. pressed down, shaken together, and running over. completely full.
counting blessings. as numerous as the stars.
or christmas lights.