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ALL the Things

I have neglected this space for a while because it feels like ALL the things have been happening. I think the first thing was my husband, James’ Grandfather passing away. The guy was a legend. He joked about where they were going to put his monument when he was gone! He was monumentally important to a lot of people. His monument is in the people he left behind. My husband James and our sons are so much like their grandfather sometimes that each and every day I think about Bill Himelick, and I remember the great guy I loved!

Soon after the funeral various members of the family came down with an evil stomach virus. I lived through having 9 sick kids and a sick husband all at once. It was really bad. I think one of the worst parts of it was waking up at 3 a.m. and finding 7 out of 9 kids wide awake and getting sick. Spending two hours cleaning up horrific messes left and right was absolutely awful. I didn’t get sick, and everyone survived! I credit God, and my friends and family prayers with my wellness!  I felt like I had survived a war! My hands hurt for days from washing them so many times!

After the sickness, Jonah stopped nursing. We were cutting back on nursing, but while he was sick I let him nurse a few extra times during the day to help him stay hydrated. I nursed my last baby for the last time without even knowing the next day he wouldn’t want to nurse at all. It was so bittersweet! My hormones are still not normal. I don’t really know what normal feels like. I have grown and nourished other humans for 15 years.

Now we’re facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools shutting down wasn’t a big deal for us. We homeschool all the time. I stay home with the kids and James works from home most of the time. Then ALL the things started getting canceled. Church got cancelled. Kids’ arts classes canceled. Homeschool co-op meetings got cancelled, and homeschooling while quarantined at home is much different than normal homeschooling. Our spring break day trip was canceled and spring break swim lessons were cancelled. I had a plan for doing some Easter photography sessions, but I threw that plan out the window before I even got a chance to pitch it to anyone! We wanted to spend extra time with James’ grandma to help comfort her in the loss of her husband, but we can only video call her right now. Thankfully, THE NINE, haven’t been making us too crazy. Our routines are comforting, but that is a blog for another day.

Deep breath. ALL the things are a lot, but there is one really big thing that is true . . . God is still in charge of ALL the things. Death, sickness, and plagues are no match for the almighty power of God. Life is full of many different seasons, but if you look, listen and pray,  you will find God in ALL the things right along side of you!

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