family update

My husband is back home, safe and sound, albeit sick.  What is it about gearing up for a big project that once it’s over, a person gets sick?  This frequently happens to JJ, and with the (non-Swine flu) Germ that is going around school, he finished his big event on Sunday afternoon, and promptly came down with a bad cold.  But, he’s home, and that’s good.  He leaves again in 12 days for trip #3 of the fall – 3 days in NoHo (North Hollywood, for you non-Californians) for the AZ-CA district pastor’s conference, where he is presenting the big paper on … drumroll, please … can you guess? … what topic would JJ speak on? … what else but … Worship!  Yes, he’ll be presenting a paper on “Luther, Worship, and Adiaphora.”  Hmm.  I’m sure all the pastors will be in 100% agreement over THAT topic!  ha ha

Both of my girls have also had the Germ that’s been going around school.  Lyd felt pretty lousy yesterday morning when she woke up, but JJ was gone, I had to teach, she didn’t have a fever, she didn’t want to stay home, and all the other 19 kids in the school have had or are having the same bug anyway.  So, I sent her to school armed with some homeopathic “cold calm” tablets to take the edge off of her symptoms.  She took one an hour (more or less), and she said they helped.  After being sick for the past week, today Curious J seemed the healthiest she’s been in a week, so that’s good.  Another cold gotten through without J getting bronchiolitis!  I’m very pleased.

Curious J also got her second vaccine of her life last week – a DTaP shot.  She had a little fever afterwards, but otherwise she seemed to do okay.  She had the Germ too, and I suspect that was more troublesome than the actual shot.  Now that J is past the two-year mark, I am trying to decide what other vaccines to give her and when.  Sigh.  I don’t know if these decisions will ever feel truly made.

But no Swine Flu (or regular flu) vaccine for us!  I’m (obviously) not a big vaccinator anyway, and I’m hearing a lot of bad stories about the swine flu vaccine.  So, thanks, but no thanks.  However, if anyone wants to give my kids chicken pox, I’m definitely interested… 😉

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After flipping out the night before JJ left (last Thursday evening), I’m pleased to report that my anxiety was not a big problem while JJ was gone.  Hallelujah!  I did have to be conscious of doing thing to mitigate it and prevent it altogether, but I was overall quite successful.  I am very, very grateful, and by the time JJ got home yesterday, I was feeling pretty comfortable in the “single mom” groove.

I had such a lovely time with both of my girls while JJ was gone.  It’s wonderful to watch my daughters grow and change.  Curious J is tantruming a little less these days, and is usually delightful to spend time with.  Her vocabulary is expanding unbelievable rapidly, she’s parroting everything I say, and she’s learning to use words in her own ways, too.  Today while at the chiropractor’s office, she noticed a semi truck drive by outside.  “That’s a big truck,” I told her.  She replied, “That’s a big, big, big, big truck!”  She then repeated it again, adding even more “big”s.  She’s understanding the concept of adjectives!  Very exciting.

Lyd loves, loves school.  She just lives for school.  She adores almost all of her classmates, is very helpful in the classroom, and is reading and writing more and more.  They do something called “writing workshop” in the afternoon, and Lyd’s teacher is encouraging her to write whole sentences and use punctuation, and she apparently is doing quite well.  She often comes home telling me what she wrote about today.  It’s great to see that level of enthusiasm in her.  Then again, Lyd is nothing if not enthusiastic.  😉

So, that’s what we’re up to.  The girls are fantastic, I’m feeling better emotionally, and JJ will hopefully be doing better soon.  (Amazingly, I have somehow avoided getting the Germ, although I suspect that once everyone in the house is over it, that’s when I will get it.  But, I’m taking care of myself as best as I can, and that’s all I can do.  What will be, will be.)  In the bigger picture, there are things to pray for in my life, and things to thank God for.  There truly is a lot of good in my life right now, and the more I can focus on the current good and the current joys while still believing that there will be future good and future joys, the calmer I feel.  I continue to be an unfinished work in progress, but I know that as a forgiven and redeemed child of God, I’m just where he wants me to be.

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