Thursday, August 12, 2010


It's Thursday, August 12th!

Wow, the month of August is flying by, but not because we have been busy. Nope, it's because of this silly summer sickness. Thankfully as of Tuesday William, Wesley, and Ruth Ella have been fever free! Then, there is me....still sick! Yesterday, I went to the doctor not for the illness the children and I had but for a secondary infection I came down with. So, as of today I am seeing an improvement, but still feeling very washed out with little energy. Today is my 12 day with a fever...sigh*** I hope by tomorrow the medication will have really kicked in and I'll be feeling much better...I hope! On Monday I was feeling a little blue from all the sickness, and having a touch of cabin fever. That evening I was sitting watching Ruth Ella play in the tub, and such a sense of comfort and peace came over me, for this is what I saw.....

In the mist of being sick I had forgotten to be thankful. Thankful is something I "never" want to neglect to be, and I had lost focus. Looking at my sweet, chubby, bubble covered baby reminded me of something my dear husband had been telling me for days...."your sick, rest, relax, and enjoy the down time with the children". For the past few days I have done just that. I've not thought about the school books that cover my living room floor, and all the school year preparations. I thought about just being thankful for my husband, our children who have gone above and beyond while I have been sick, and love. All of those things and more make it easier to handle being sick and having a fever. It's all in the way we look at life or "things".
Is your cup half empty or half full????
At our house Arthur (Mr. Positive)reminds us often that we should see it as half full and why we should. One of the main things he tells us is if your seeing your cup half empty your allowing something or someone to steal your joy! Once again I'm glad to see there are so many blessing around no matter what the situation :)

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18


Emily said...

Ella Ruth is adorable as always. : )

I am so sorry to hear that you are still sick. I wish I could help out in someway. I am sure you're older girls are such a God-sent (even more than normal) during times like these!! This morning I was reading in 2 Cor. And it really struck me when I read 12:10, the verse that follows Jesus' quote,"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" Paul says ,"Therefore I take PLEASURE in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." I know the Word speaks of giving thanks in all circumstances, and count it all joy when you fall into various trials but the word pleasure just really convicted me of my bad attitude that often accompanies illness or other problems I face. It was such a pleasure : ) to read your half full status. I pray you recover quickly.

You gotta get well so we can get together. : )

misslynda said...

You all always get the best pictures with perfect lighting.
Okay - - the mom in me says you should not have waited so long for YOU to go to the doctor. However, with everyone running fevers for days, logically as a mom, we figure ours will improve on its own, too.
About the school stuff - -- you know it's the enemy attacking. The year I taught Amanda to read was the only time I have had an ear infection - - -that ruptured while on antibiotics - - - and stayed ruptured for 5 months while awaiting surgery - - - - long story that you don't need all the details right now. I know it was spiritual warfare to try and keep me from teaching her with Christian curriculum.
And you know the victory of it all - - because you know her!
I'll be praying for you. I love your family!

Laura said...

Thanks for the wonderful and encouraging post! I love the picture of Ruth Ella. Hope you will all be feeling better soon!

Amy said...

Sorry to hear that you are still sick. Hope that medicine does kick in and you wake up feeling much better in the morning. Nice to know that your children are stepping up and helping out Mama when she needs extra rest.

That is an adorable picture of Ruth Ella in the bath tub!

Rob and I tend to be "half full" people but know lots of "half empty" ones.