EDIT (3:11 pm): Home from the zoo. Wow. It was good, but I’m beat. Just found out the results from Gabe’s Uncle John’s biopsy. The tumor in his brain is malignant. He’s also having some physical complications right now. Please pray for him and his family. Thanks.
I’m trying to be a good mom. Trying to be excited about spending many, many hours at the zoo tomorrow with 120 seven-year-olds. I’m not feeling it yet, but I’m sure it’ll come, right? (eek.)
Today was a little bit crazy, and I’m still scrambling to get caught up on laundry and stuff from the weekend. And I’m wondering how Gabe will conduct business as usual while he takes care of Nina and Ava all day tomorrow. (eek) He has my permission to play many, many movies and distribute many, many snacks.
If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now. This weekend was a miracle. Ever since I’ve been home, my stomach has been giving me fits. (and NO, I’m not pregnant) Ava has been complaining off and on too.
I read a blog that made me smile today. (and made me miss my babies’ baby days) This woman just had her 12th (yes, twelfth!) child, and she blogged about how she used to be a moron. How she used to watch her newborns lying there and doing nothing and longed for the day they would be more exciting. After having a few kids, she figured out how beautiful and magical and fleeting those “curled up on your chest in a tiny ball” days are. If you new (or 2nd time new, or soon-to-be) mamas have a moment, it will bless you. Read it here.
I got the most amazing letter from a woman who came to the Le Chocolat luncheon last year, read Is That All?, and told me it completely changed her 20-year marriage. She came again this year, and I got to talk to her personally. She gave me the letter, and I read it on the way home. Praise you, Jesus! is all I can say. Wow, wow, wow. He is in the business of healing and restoration and making all things beautiful. Amen?
Another God-thing. One of my 6th-grade students from Okinawa (that I found on facebook) just bought all 3 of my books through my website. She’s married and has a little boy. Who could have imagined 11 years ago that I could meet a beautiful 12-year-old girl, be sad that I only got to know her for 3 months, then reconnect with her all those years later on the internet? I used to talk about God using me to plant seeds in Okinawa, seeds I would never, ever see turn into plants, flowers, trees. Or so I thought. How good is our God?! He’s letting me see flowers! I can only shake my head in amazement and then lift my hands in praise.
I’m going to go watch Carrier with Gabe–a PBS special about life on a Navy aircraft carrier. It makes me think of Steve and Beth Elaine.
Have a terrific Tuesday! I know I will!