Thursday morning I visited my sister-in-law’s sister-in-law. Confused yet?
My sister-in-law’s family has become real family to us. We feel so much comfort and acceptance around them. They love us and we love them. I would have never expected to feel so close to family so far removed, but it works. Why not hang on to a good thing?
My sister-in-law’s (brother’s wife) brother and his wife had twin boys just over a month ago. Knowing how difficult the adjustment can be with just one baby, I wanted to do what I could to help while I had some time off from school. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting, talking and spending time together. I have also enjoyed spending time and helping with the boys and seeing them grow and change over the past 3 weeks.
But on the drive home, I didn’t feel so wonderful. And I just felt worse throughout the day.
You see, about a week after my trip to the ER for passing a kidney stone, I was back in immediate care for some severe vertigo. The doctor said I had a double ear infection. But at my follow up a week later, my regular doctor said she suspected my Eustachian tubes were both blocked through some swelling. She said anytime my sinuses are congested, I would get vertigo. I don’t have many allergies, but it seems I am allergic to something in the sub-tropical greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden which I experienced when we went there for Mother’s Day. And yesterday. Not a full out vertigo attack, but definitely something (maybe from some of the dust from the drilling I did to hang new curtain rods). I also feel water moving in my ears from time to time and a strange pulsating sound/feeling. It looks like a trip to the ENT is in order soon.
In the afternoon, I walked to school to pick up the kids thinking some exercise and fresh air would do me some good. I brought each child a small gift I had purchased earlier that day. I have to say that just about everyday when I pick up my kids from school it is like a great reunion. I am so so happy to see them and there are hugs and kisses, handholding and lots of stories about their day. Call me a sap, but I tend to make a big deal out of the small things with my children. I love them so and miss them during the day while they are at school.
Unfortunately, it was hot hot hot outside and I was not feeling so great by the time we got home. I tried to rest in bed as best I could with two kids.
I bribed them to clean their rooms with “prizes”. How could I resist those cute toys near the checkout at Hobby Lobby? After much resistance, both rooms were cleaned.
I took them to their gymnastics classes. I watched for a while and then worked on my crotchet project to help the time pass. I could not wait to get back home. I always feel better being at home when I’m tired or not feeling well.
I was going to grab some dinner for the kids at “gasp” a fast food restaurant to make things easier on me, but they both wanted mac and cheese. So my buddy Miles was my sous-chef at home. Ella took a shower and didn’t get all the soap out of her hair, so I rinsed it out at the kitchen sink and Miles cooked. She danced around the kitchen while Miles focused on his mac and cheese duties.
Every day with my children is a gift. I rejoice and celebrate even the mundane everyday things. To me, they are not mundane. I prefer to live in the moment. Because for the most part, things are really good. How do I know that will last forever? Well, one way or another, it won’t. If I learn to find joy in small things now, I hope it will always be easy to do so in the future.
I leave you with a small segment of our evening in pictures…
Do you celebrate the everyday? Do you live in the moment?
Enjoy your day and savor the small things. Find beauty where you’d least expect it.