Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My today

Psalm 103
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The house is so quiet, it's so odd and nice at the same time.  I should be in bed, but here I am.  December is going by too quickly, I love this month.  I am nearly ready for Christmas but I have a long wish list of things I'd like to do and make before Christmas if I'm able.  Most of the necessities are in order and if my busy life of doing and being doesn't allow for me time to create, I'm not going to sweat it.  I have many great plans and I could have been done with my giving wish list if it wasn't for carpal tunnel and my possibly pinched nerve.  It is what it is, we shall see...
I have been feeling so much better!  Physical therapy is really helping, I'm thankful for the help it's offered, eager to be fully recovered but that isn't really up to me.  Therapy appointments have overturned my normal stay-at-home days, these days are busy enough, especially with my already overloaded doctor's appointments.  Seems like I am always running out the door and sitting and waiting.
This morning I came out of my bedroom to find the girls setting up house in the stairway, their apartment.  I remember playing on the steps when I was little with my brothers and sister.
Bethany had made cute little signs that made me smile, "Home is where the heart is." and this one she taped to the wall, "I love my siblings and it's true."

Joe taught Bethany and Joseph how to jump rope on Saturday, Sunday morning at 7 AM I woke up to the house shaking with loud thuds.  Bethany was jumping rope in her upstairs bedroom.  She kept trying over and over to see how many she could jump consecutively.  She eventually made it to 37, very red faced and sweaty.  She repeatedly tried over and over until we told her she really should rest, because she was going to be sore.
Yesterday she was bummed to be too sore to jump much rope, but today she was back at it again.  She said she has promised herself to get to 60 and then 100.
 Tonight Joseph and I were inside while Joe was working-out in the garage.  The girls were also in the garage playing.  Joseph and I decided to surprise the girls by hanging Christmas lights in the their room.  He was so excited to surprise them and it wasn't long before they knew he had been up to something.
I knew their expressions would be priceless when they walked in, so I got out my tripod.  Joseph proudly led the way, confident that they would love him forever!  They exclaimed to his satisfaction and then he told them he was going to sleep in the their room with them, to which Jenna ran and hugged him and said, "Oh, thank you Buddy!"
I am such a blessed mother and wife.  It's always amazing how a little bit of suffering makes me see my life very differently, with gratitude in my heart.  {And I use the word "little" exaggeratedly and the word "suffering" dramatically, because I don't have to look around very long are very hard to realize that my aches and pains or brief hindrances to my daily life are nothing compared to other people dealing with devastating loss or serious sickness.}
It's a gift to be able to take care of my family, to fix their food, to see a mess and be able to do something about it myself, to listen to the kids laugh at the table, playing "I See a Color" over their breakfast and lunch, to hear the washing machine running, to go on a date with my George and feel like it's our first, to pick up Brady and say, "Love da baby!" as he lays his head on my shoulder and to feel little tiny movements inside my growing belly.  Precious moments I breathe in and out everyday, often seeing them upside down or not seeing them at all.  Thank you Lord for my today.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

This is soooo sweet! I loved this. I can't wait to have 2nd child so I can experience siblings through their eyes =)

- Sarah