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Oh happy day! It's a picture perfect day. How could it be wrong with two dogs and a kitten sharing the couch in perfect relaxation and chill mode, right?
When you consider the relationship between dogs and cats, usually the first is one of strife or disagreement but in truth, sometimes cats and dogs do get along.
As children, we, my sister Heidi, and all the cousins, spent a lot of time at my Gram's and Aunt Nancy's home. And...we got along ALL the time, NOT! We were kids, for goodness sake, even as adults we don't live in a perpetual state of agreement.
Another value I appreciate and strive for, is to "be there" for my family and friends. First and foremost, to be the best mother to my daughter I can. I'm thankful for generations of Godly and dedicated women who modeled how to be wonderful Mom's, sisters, aunts, cousins, and women. An aspect of of this, is how they pulled together to care for each other, and each other's children. Ever since Mary was little, she was blessed with the opportunity to be cared for by her grandparents, her great-aunts, and friends when I was at work. This is a blessing I count daily.
When our daughter was very sick, my parents were able to care for her so my husband, Ed, and I could continue to work the majority of the time. We thanked them daily and each time they said, "It's our pleasure and glad we can do it." Neither Ed or I have a surplus of sick time yet we have enough. We've taken sick days and days without pay in order to get our daughter to necessary doctor's appointments to determine what was causing her pain and sickness but the majority of her time, was spent with my parents.
Some days I went to school with the weight of mother's guilt weighing me down, shedding tears as I drove to work and putting on my happy face on before walking in because the kiddos deserve the best we can give them. My prayer often was for my daughter's teachers, to be as understanding and dedicated to her as I was to my students. I'm thankful this prayer was answered with a yes. The reality is that thanks to my parent's generosity and love for their granddaughter, I learned to focus on the positive and be thankful...thankful I didn't have to quite my job or entrust our girl to a stranger.
This year, our daughter has been much healthier thanks to God answering prayer, the many doctors He placed into our lives, and our daughter's determination. While her energy hasn't always been 110%, it's so much better and she's been able to attend school, work part time, and make memories with friends. These are exciting things. The day I wrote this blog, our daughter had to stay home sick, only the second time this school year (Yippee!). My parents weren't available so I had to take the day off. I'm so glad my friend encouraged me to be a "Mom first", because it was a special day.
After a visit to the doctors, we both returned home with a prescription for antibiotics, yes, both of us. We had to wait for the pharmacy to open a little bit before returning home. We lathered in Vicks (My Gram's secret remedy) and I surrounded her with warm corn bags and multiple blankets. Within a half hour, she was sound asleep.
While she slept, I watched Heaven is for Real (it was good but I like the book better) and I think possibly, dosed off a few times throughout the afternoon. Once she woke up for the afternoon, we watched the second Hunger Games together since the next one releases later this month. I'm glad I didn't watch it sooner because now I can't wait for the next one either.
Same picture as above but with descriptions...
I hope today's blog doesn't leave you shaking your head too much but instead, I hope you choose to celebrate your family and health. I hope you take advantage of those times when you can just be "Mom" or "Dad" in the midst of life. We are always parents, forever, but sometimes, it is okay to call in and care for our kiddos. I wouldn't trade being Mom today for anything.