UGH! How I feel about the past five days of stomach flu and colds/coughs and now pink eye going on in our home. Cleaning up vomit...ugh, the lingering smells of vomit, the sitting by the toilet with your little ones during the night, the loads of laundry, ugh...the coughs that keep Nick from sleeping and even making him throw up and Gabi with a cold, cough, fever, and pink eye, ugh. I spent two hours at an urgent care place last night, during the Superbowl to get her checked--no strep, no flu, but she's so sick. :( ugh...
BUT, thanks be to God for grace! The stomach flu is past. I was able to clean it all up without grumbling. I was able to get up multiple times a night for the past week and still have strength for the day. I was able to be thankful amidst the trials and have peace about the schoolwork missed, the things left undone, the loads and loads of wash to be done, and able to remember this is a high calling for moms--to care for our littles in the midst of yuckiness. Thank you God for the grace this past week!
I want to remember weeks like this that are so hard but see God's hand at work.
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years! We've had a very busy 10 years!! We had a baby our first year of marriage, moved, had 2 more babies, moved, and had 3 more babies! It's been non-stop. God has been faithful and kept us together amidst many storms. We celebrated with an overnight in Georgetown and relived some memories we made over the years. We may celebrate some more with travel this year.
I'm so grateful for my loving, faithful, sexy hubby who serves me daily in so many ways! I couldn't manage our home and care for six kids without all his help!! He has always made me feel special and loved despite my homeschool days of shabby clothes and messy hair, weariness and bad attitudes. He has loved me with me all my sin and shortcomings. He is thoughtful, intentional, and supportive. He is a godly husband and I'm so thankful he's mine!!
We started a new family tradition this year--Kids Day. A day to celebrate having such special kids!
It began on a Saturday morning in May-loading into our new van and heading to IHOP for chocolate chip pancakes! It was a chilly morning--hence the sweatshits/jackets. It was a long wait for breakfast but it was worth it, as you boys LOVED your pancakes.
We then headed to the library for some play in the Discovery Room. (You guys love visiting the Germantown Library and it's always special when Daddy goes with us). Then we ventured to Target to buy a new Wii Game--oh my, it's never fun taking all of you into a store. The wants, screams, demands, fights, OH-MY, are enough to make anyone crazy!! We tried to quickly pick out a game and Conner and Jacob settled on Mario-Galaxy.
We then picked up a treat for lunch--Taco Bell, and headed home for naps (yes, we still have naps on Kids Day). After naps we went to Wheaton Park for a train and carousel ride, play at the park, and a nice family walk. To conclude the special day, Daddy took Conner, Eli, and Nate to Medieval Times (Jacob decided to swap with Nate and stay home). Conner and Mommy had studied the Middle Ages this year so it was a great way to see some things he had read about and for him to be able to enjoy it with Daddy and his brothers. It was a FUN day and the great start to an annual tradition!