Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Week of Blessings

This past week I was once again reminded of the love of God for His children as I was blessed by acts of kindness almost every day. Before I share how I was blessed, let me begin with the why I believe I was blessed. A few days after Christmas I found out that I am again having problems with my thyroid. In the past, my thyroid levels have been too low. However, now they are too high. My doctor was concerned about 1) the elevated levels and 2) the fact that I went from one extreme to the other. I was put on medication to help even out the numbers but as a result, I am plagued by constant fatigue. Add to it that Annie still wakes throughout the night; I am feeling exhausted and unrested most of the day! Until the medication gets adjusted correctly, I will battle this fatigue. I have to go have blood drawn every 2 months until the medication is at the correct dosage. I go back again at the end of February for my next lab work. Any mom will agree it’s difficult to care for kids when she isn’t feeling her best; I am no exception.

First, on Monday TJ and I  drove around town hanging fliers for MomTalk in various places. TJ was a huge blessing to me because of his willingness to go into businesses and hang them. Monday night a very special friend offered to babysit all 5 children so that TJ and I could go out together to celebrate my birthday. We had a wonderful time as it has been 6 months since our last time out alone. Tuesday my neighbor watched my kids for me at the last minute so I could go to the dentist. I had a filling put in a couple of weeks ago, and since then, my tooth has been very sensitive to touch, but not to temperature. By Wednesday I knew I needed to go back to the dentist because I still was not able to chew or touch the tooth and knew for certain where the pain was located. Two dear friends from church offered to keep the kids for me on Thursday so that I could back to the dentist without hauling my kids with me. If you have children and don’t have family  to help with childcare, you know how difficult it is to do ANYTHING for yourself during the hours of 8am-5pm (hair cuts, doctor visits, Post Office trips, bank, etc!) =)  A sweet friend sacrificed an hour of her day to come over to stay with my children while I went and had my filling replaced- so grateful as it would have surely been an exciting visit to the dentist with 4 kids in tow! On Friday, another friend contacted me out of the blue to offer me her jogging stroller.  TJ and I had been looking on Craigslist for one but just didn’t want to part with the money. This gift was definitely a blessing orchestrated by the Lord because no one knew of our desire. Again, an encouragement and blessing to me that I am grateful to have received!

As I am faced with fatigue and a never-ending list of things to do because of my title as “Mom,” I am forced to humble myself, ask for help, and rely on the Lord for much-needed strength to mother my children. I am so thankful for the many friends the Lord has placed in my life because they are such a help to me in many ways! Through them, the love of Christ was shown to me and my family last week!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  
~1 Corinthians 13:4