Friday, February 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday - the people in this house.

This is my late Thankful Thursday post. I started writing it on Thursday and didn't get it out, but I still wanted to publish it.

On Wednesday, I joked about my slight headache from lack of coffee. I also get headaches or migraines when I’m just plain exhausted. I don’t think I can blame this one on the coffee at all.

At some point Wednesday morning, I could tell it was going to be a bad one and told the boys that we needed to hurry and clean up as much as we could before mommy got really sick. I scrambled in the kitchen, did laundry, and put away odd things, and left the living room to Noah. Eventually the exhaustion part started to hit me too – so I sat in the living room and watched Noah s-l-o-w-l-y clean up.

I just sat and watched for 45 minutes. I saw an incredibly curious and inquisitive boy. A very distracted boy, but a sweet, sweet boy. He’s growing up. And it is so easy to miss some of that. Usually, when the boys are playing quietly, I do something else. When they are distracted from the task they’ve been given, I join them and help, or coach them through it. When I’m spending time with them, we are always doing something – reading, coloring, talking, playing a game, counting, baking… but it isn’t normal to just sit there and do nothing while watching them. It was a sweet time to observe.

Lunch, a nap time that didn’t go as planned, a tv show on replay… By the time Joel came home, I was curled up on the couch and so nauseous from the pain that it was hard to keep the Tylenol down. He sent me to bed.

I was tearfully thankful that he was actually home with me, that I didn’t have to struggle through another three hours before the kids’ bedtime, and that Joel cared so much to take care of everything and send me off without my asking. When I emerged from the bedroom, and my headache was much better, Joel had made the most amazing stir fry, veggie and rice dish and lattes for dinner.

Being sick was another reminder of how incredibly blessed I am to have the people in this house here with me. I have two amazing sons that I will be watching grow up, and I have a wonderful husband who loves us and takes care of us.

I am so thankful for my family.


  1. Feel better soon! It's awful being sick.
    -Ashley D

  2. Have you ever tried acupuncture or acupressure? Works great for headaches. I do acupressure on myself at home, work, etc. Quick fix....

    1. Well. I have looked up some acupressure before and given it a shot. It doesn't seem to completely help and the worse the headache the less it works. I try to sleep them off, and that can usually work, but I didn't get to sleep before it got really bad. This one was definitely in the migraine zone. I've found that peppermint oil and a little acupressure takes the edge off if it is a tension headache - just not a migraine. :-(




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