If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read the posts from the last three days. (Yes, it took three days to convey the horribleness of my Monday.)
It was the kind of day that could have sent even me, the eternal optimist, into a corner to wail and cry about all that is going wrong with the world. Yet I didn't. I couldn't. There were too many people showing me kindness and too many good things happening to allow me the time or give me the inclination to wallow.
So many things for which to be thankful...
1. My mom had already been planning to come up Tuesday-Friday. Sweet Mama, I don't know what we would have done without my mom this week. She did so, so much driving. Between kids' practices, my doctor appointments, the van getting fixed, and special events at school, much driving needed to be done. Not to mention the laundry and kitchen cleaning and lunch making she did. Oh, and Cuckoo's coughing up of phlegm on Wednesday morning. So glad I didn't have to clean that up. :)
2. The friend who drove down early Tuesday morning to give me some crutches. The crutches have been a game changer. While the scooting on my butt everywhere helped keep the floors dusted, it wasn't very practical.
3. Pain medicine. I am the sort who only takes medicine when I really, really need it. (I gave birth to three of my kids without so much as a Tylenol.) I haven't missed a dose this week. As uncomfortable as I still am, I can't imagine how awful I would feel without it.
4. Boatloads of people checking in on me and offering to help. Every day, the texts and messages have been coming in with offers. I haven't needed the help yet, but I have no doubt I'll be needing some next week. I am so blessed to have so many people who genuinely care for us, want to help us and go out of their way to do so.
5. Backpacks. They are a wonderful help when a person is on crutches and can't carry a purse. Also good for someone on crutches who needs to carry things from one part of the house to another. Two of those 100 backpacks I have under the bed are coming in quite handy.
6. The kids are doing good things. We just found out that Phoenix scored very well on a national Algebra I test. Buttercup was chosen for a huge honor at school by a panel of 12 teachers. Turken got to perform in his first mini-musical at school. Nailed it, even with only one arm.
7. The pigs are still alive. At least, I assume they are. I haven't been out to see a pig or chicken since Monday night. My family just may not be telling me that the pigs are dead, knowing I'd make them dispose of them. Very well could be that the pigs are out in the pen decaying as I type. I guess, then, I'll just be grateful not to know.
8. Bryan is such a good dad. He has been ridiculously swamped at work lately, but he has continued to put our family first. He hasn't worked late. He's gone to games and driven to practices. He's the best.
9. Simple things to keep little boys happy. Turken and Cuckoo were occupied for hours on the front porch. All they had was a bucket of water and one squirt toy each. It gave me the chance to lay back on the couch and even nap a bit. (This pain medicine can make me quite sleepy!)
10. Weather warm enough for two little boys to play with water outside. It's mighty helpful for a person on crutches, too.
Now, if I can come up with ten things for which to be thankful this week, surely you can.
What are they?
Have a lovely day!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine