So, it is Saturday morning. I am exhausted. My youngest two had a stomach virus on Wednesday and Thursday. My older two and my husband have it now. I have been up for days it seems. Coffee is my friend. Tissues are my friend, since I have had a horrible cold all week. I cannot shake it, probably due to my lack of sleep. I have been taking my vitamins and eating oranges. Trying to be optimisic about not getting the stomach bug that my family seems to have gotten. I am simply praying that if/when I do get it, it is when my husband is better and can take care of the clan.
I am sitting here looking over the blogs that I frequent. Drinking my coffee, eating Cheerios, wishing I had the energy to make a loaf of bread, muffins or lazy granola; anything but the plain Cheerios I am eating.
Every few minutes I wipe the nose of my little man, listen to my 4 year old daughter sing me a song (she is clearly feeling better) or check on the 3 that are sick now. They are through the worst of it and are in recovery mode now. Which is why I am able to sit and drink coffee.
My mom is stopping at the store for me. We are out of Sprite, Gatorade and soup. Oh and bananas for the little man.
As I am reading through my favorite blogs, one happened to have a link to a blog that is new to me. I click the link. And my outlook suddenly changes.
The link here, takes you to Katie. Katie is a 19 year old working as a missionary in Uganda. She has become the legal gaurdian of 3 little girls, along with all the other children she takes care of. These three little girls, ages 9, 7 and 5 were living alone because their mother had died. They were living in their closet, the 7 year old was working to make money for food. Then their wall collapsed on top of the 9 year old . . . click the link to read the rest. You will not be sorry.
You will be inspired. You will be humbled. You will be so very thankful.
Instead of feeling tired and cranky. I find myself with a newly found energy.
I am thankful for the roof over my head. That when my kids are sick, we have what is necessary to make them better. We have the means to provide my kids with the special items they need for their food allergies.
We have warm blankets, socks, coats and mittens. We have warm food for our bellies. Medicine and the best medical facilities in the world.
Today I will not focus on how tired I am. How many door handles and light switches I have to disinfect. How much laundry I have to sanitize. But instead focus taking care of my family. And be so very thankful that I am able to do so.
Today we will watch movies, play games, snuggle and talk. Just be together.
I have always believed that God gives you what you can handle. Today I am reminded that he also gives you what you need.
And now I need to go play a game of peek-a-boo with my 10 month old.
This post is linked to Gratituesday and Finer Things Friday.