Monday, June 02, 2008

A Slice of Real Life

It is 11:55pm.

I should be fast asleep.

But I am determined that I am going to have that hot cup of tea that just finished reheating and the apple turnover that I couldn't resist at the store today.

So why am I blogging, you may ask.

Because this is a moment I want to remember. This is real life. Not that the other moments aren't, they are just the happy-my-life-is-like-this moments that you want to share with the whole blogworld. And this, here, is an unedited, what-you-see-is-what-you-get-moment. (i am sparing you a photo) There's nothing real "finer" about this neiner right now!

I just had to give Drew a tepid bath-which did not go over so well-as his spiked fever awoke him.

John is gone till tomorrow and I am in the middle of decluttering what feels like my whole house, seeing that there is only a small corner on my dining-room table for my elbow right now. I am hosting the ladies Bible fellowship at our house this Thursday. Oh. And I've been potty training Jack. One pee in the potty (YAY), one on the floor, one in the Indian Ocean (he was sitting on his toy earth) and many, many in the whitey tidey's.

So life as you like it, good and bad, ups and downs, is still filled with people that you love, decisions that will make an impact, and ordinary days that are molding our little ones into the one he or she will become. I am so thankful that I am not in this alone. That "His faithfulness is new every morning." That I can know that "His grace is sufficient" and I can always move forward. Many have been my failings and much has been His grace. And even though sickness changes the normalcy of life, it always brings with it extra tenderness and sweetness. Something I always welcome. I think Drew summed it up well tonight as the washcloth cooled his forehead: "Mommy, I don't EVER want to give you away!!!"

Whew! Some days, I wonder!

And, if I might add, I really want my husband back. There is just something missing around here in his departure. I am so SO thankful he is part of my team. Oh, and honey, the kitchen sink is backing up reeeally bad. I almost called a plumber.

OK. Enough gabbing. I'm going to enjoy my cuppa english breakfast (after I re-reheat it) and that phylo apple turnover that's calling my name.


Loraena said...

So thankful that God does not leave us to our own, but gives us grace equal to every task! I'll be praying that Drew is feeling better!

PS - I am NOT looking forward to the potty training stage, perhaps it will be comforting to know that others have gone before!

S&s said...

phew! I bet that tea and apple turnover tasted wonderful after such a day! ;)

Drew is such a sweetie!

jeileenbaylor said...

hmmm --- good to see a slice of real life! Thanks for the encouragement!

Leah (Parrish) Millan said...

You are potty training Jack!!!!???? AJ was running around with just his swimming trunks today, so after a while I decided to put him on the potty. He just grinned and grinned. He sat there for the longest time, then Olivia came in and said she had to go potty. I took him off of the potty, and then he peed on the floor. Go figure. We're going to shoot for March '09 =)

Good to know I'm not the only one who can't pass up a puffy looking yummy pastry!!

Love ya!!

Matt & Nicki said...

Erin, you are great with words and I love reading your posts. . . there are certain peoples homes I would like to "sit in on" and yours is one of them:) Thanks for the reminders and the encouragement--it's been a long day and I have failed one too many times today!

Janelle said...

I just want you to know that your little "real life story" really blessed my heart! Yes, real life dose get tough, but it's all about how you look at each situation and react to it that makes all the difference and your attitude right now was so encouraging! I would probably be sitting there letting my tears fall into my tea rather than trusting in God's sufficient grace! Thank you for your sweet attitude and sharing your "real life story"! Reminds me to not have a "poor me" attitude because as we all know, it could always be worse!

By the way, you write so beautifully and I just love reading what you write! Do you journal? Would I love to get my hands on that when you are about 65! :)