Archive for November 24th, 2005

Oh, My Sore Back!

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Since Tuesday morning, my back has been oh-so-sore. I have needed to lie down quite a bit, and can’t stand up quite straight; I’ve been shuffling along like a little old lady. I haven’t really been able to lift anything or do my usual motherly, wifely work. In the course of this little trial, some things have come to my attention for which I am thankful:

  • I am thankful to my children for “taking up the slack” so that I can rest without fretting about things not getting done.
  • I am thankful to my husband for bringing me cups of coffee, and for not telling me that I sure look like a little old lady, shuffling along, bent over!
  • Thank you, Rebecca, for cooking a wonderful dinner today: turkey (Rick prepared that and lifted it into the oven.), whipped sweet potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and stuffing! Nummy!
  • Thank you, Sarah, for the delicious gingerbread with lemon sauce. Very tasty!
  • Thank you, husband and children, for your heart-felt sympathy! I’m sure it is helping me to heal sooner. 🙂
  • Thank you, Lydia and Seth, for helping Rebecca to keep the house neat, and for helping so willingly, without many reminders at all!
  • Thank you, Philip, for volunteering to drive Kayla to work tomorrow at 5:30am, so that I don’t have to do it.
  • Thank you, Michael, for helping, too, with clean-up. I know you’re busy with school work.
  • Thank you, Debra, for bringing me breakfast in bed this morning, so I could take it easy.
  • Thank you, Kayla, for helping here and there at my request. Also, I’ve enjoyed watching your latest art project evolve!
  • I am thankful for Lucy cozy cat to sleep by my feet when I rest.
  • I am thankful for interesting books to read while I’m down: You, the Owner’s Manual, Positive Discipline, and Your Child’s Growing Mind.
  • I am thankful to the Lord for the love which He has put in our hearts for one another.
  • I am thankful for those early years of homeschooling, when I worried that I wasn’t doing enough, and it turns out (at least according to the books which I am reading on child development), that I did the right! things for the children’s optimal development, emotionally and intellectually. And, I enjoyed that time, too!
  • I am thankful to the Lord for food, clothing, shelter, and safety from harm.
  • I am thankful for the interesting class I’ve been taking at Bellingham Technical College. I’m learning a lot, and doing a lot of thinking.
  • I am thankful we have enough money to pay for music lessons, art supplies, books, skating lessons – the things which enrich the homeschool experience.
  • I’m thankful for Internet access. It’s a great way to keep in touch, and I’m enjoying all your blogs!
  • I know I’m thankful for many more things, but it’s late, so Goodnight!

P.S. – Laura, you and Darren are busy building your own life together, so you’re not as involved in our day-to-day life here, but please remember I’m thankful for you, too. Thank you for suggesting the author Ross Greene, who has so many insights into helping children learn to obey. You know I miss you, my latte/mocha buddy!