counting blessings

Nina is all better. Thank you for praying! No lunch-losing for well over 24 hours now. I was up much of the night with Ava though. No puking, just lots and lots (and lots) of moaning, “I don’t feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel good.” She was in our bed, I was in her bed, getting water, getting more water, in our bed, in her bed. At some point, Livi joined in the moaning. Nina slept through it all, praise the Lord!

I woke up feeling pretty lousy. After seeing Livi off to school at 8:45, I went back to bed until 10:30. I have a headache, and I’m a bit dizzy, but you know what? I feel so incredibly blessed. Because I am. And I just want to thank God for all His blessings. All the time.

I sat rocking Nina last night before bed and thanked God that she was almost all better and didn’t have a chronic, life-threatening illness. Then I pulled the rocking chair into Livi and Ava’s room, rocked a feverish, pale Ava and thanked God again. Tears formed in my eyes as I thought about what it would be like to be a sick little child without a mommy to take care of you. My mom always took care of me when I was sick, and I count it an awesome privilege to be the source of comfort for my babies when they’re sick. What if they didn’t have a mommy? What if they had one but she had to work 2 jobs to pay the bills and was never home? What if she was home but she couldn’t care less about her children and left them to fend for themselves?

Our family is so blessed.

I helped Ava’s class prepare for their Thanksgiving feast yesterday. The kids were so sweet. They all smiled and waved at me and kept saying hi. One little girl asked me how I got so tall, then why my teeth were so big. Ha! She’s not the first kid to ask me that. It’s one of my favorite questions. Ranks right up there with “What is that red dot on your face?” (zit) and “Why is your belly squishy?”

The kids in her class come from all kinds of backgrounds, and I love the diversity. But I also know that most of them aren’t half as blessed as Ava when it comes to their home life. I’m helping out in Livi’s class next week, Ava’s the week after that, and so on. I’m praying God will use me to make a difference in some little people’s lives. And I’m so thankful for loving teachers–Ava’s in particular (although I do like Livi’s a LOT more after our conference).

I did turn my Thanksgiving place mat laminating assignment yesterday into a fiasco, (they have to be totally redone) so hopefully Ava’s teacher will let me come back! I had the machine on the wrong setting–oops. It’s been awhile since I’ve laminated things. I would love to have one of those puppies in my house though. Laminating is the coolest.

I’ll do a thankful list tomorrow. I think those are so great. Have a super-duper day!

13 thoughts on “counting blessings

  1. Nixter77

    so glad that Nina is better and pray lil Ava gets better soon, I love your family even though I have never met them, I love hearing the stories you write about them and I love you and your attitude. Thanks for encouraging us to count our blessings.

  2. KmHunsberger

    So glad Nina is better…and hoping Ava is on the mend as well…and that you don’t catch it. Everytime my kids are sick I praise God that it will end and is not chronic. I can’t even fathom the pain and hardship involved in caring for a chronically sick child.

    On that note…have a VERY happy Thanksgiving Love ya friend!

  3. gsowell

    I’m saving these words up to re-read in the next few days. I am fairly certain we will have sickness, since Susannah said yesterday, “Mommy, guess what happened at school today that was disgusting? Blake threw up all over the lunch table.” Poor Blake. And I am certain one of my two will carry the germs home and be sick. When that happens, I want to count it a privilege, not a burden, to nurse them to health with all the love and snuggles and holding and stroking and care a mommy can provide!

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