1. Most computer issues can be fixed simply by turning the thing off and back on again. Brilliant.
2. Despite Eunice jinxing my vacuum with all of her "Dysons are the worst" talk last week, I was able to get my vacuum to full suction after it suddenly stopped sucking up the dirt. I cleaned the filter and the roller, but I'm pretty sure the biggest problem was the colored pencil someone had sucked up with it.
3. Every time we sit down for dinner these days, Cuckoo immediately asks the big kids to tell stories about when they were younger. I am loving every minute of it. And no, I did not pay him to do it.
4. I've been meeting some new friends on the internet through a Catholic bloggers group. Amelia, who writes at One Catholic Mama, is one of them. We have so much in common! She has lots of kids, her husband is a lawyer, and she knows a thing or two about farm animals. (As it says in her "About Me" page, she "used to take ultrasound pictures of bovine ovaries".) It's always fun getting to know someone new. One of her posts I really liked is about how posting what she wore each Sunday healed her.
5. I finally convinced Bryan that Phoenix would never get 50 hours if he didn't help. Now that Phoenix is getting more comfortable behind the wheel, Bryan is feeling more comfortable with the idea of being his licensed passenger.
6. This behemoth
is almost gone. This is the cake the family brought home from the Cub Scout cake auction while I was in Ohio. I want my beautiful island back.
7. If you ever want to get teenagers to loosen up and quit being grouchy, put on the Frozen CD. Cuckoo asked to bring it in the van so we could listen to it at pickup on Thursday. It's been playing on repeat ever since, and every single one of us still sings every song at the top of our lungs. Star is currently the one walking that line of curmudgeon and omnipotent, but when that CD comes on, he is smiling and singing and laughing and having a great time. He even turns the volume up on certain songs.
8. Friday was a half day at the younger kids' school, so we had a nice long afternoon to relax and play some games. Bonus for the day was the Boy Scout dinner Friday night. The relaxing and playing time was lengthened since I didn't have to worry about fixing dinner.
9. We've still managed to avoid snow. The blizzard stayed to the north of us, and I made it home from Ohio last week without incident. (I was quite worried for a while. It was snowing hard in my hometown, with people sliding off the road all over the place. 30 minutes outside of town, though, the temps were high enough that I had nothing but rain for the rest of the way.)
10. Many months ago, I began reading a blog called "Undiagnosed, but Okay". The author has a daughter with many medical issues which no one could find a reason for. After years of trying to find answers, she finally found a lead and the courage to drive far away to see a new doctor. Tests were done, and a mutation was found. She is one of only 20 kids in the world who have been diagnosed with PACS1.
Kerri renamed the blog "Diagnosed and still Okay". Because they are. While her daughter still has the same medical issues, they now know why, and it's made a world of difference. Kerri has been able to get in touch with the other families who have the same diagnosis. The similarities between the kids is remarkable.
From now on, February 7 will be known as PASC1 Awareness Day. They aren't looking to raise money. They simply want people to be aware so other families can benefit from diagnosis. Kerri and her family wouldn't have known to ask for the test if it weren't for someone who had read her blog and given her the name of the doctor. She hopes others can get the same help she did.
Do me a favor and click on over to Kerri's. Read some of their story. Have a look at the photos. Keep this in mind the next time you hear someone talking about medical issues in her child that they just can't figure out.
Ooh, almost forgot to mention the thankful for this last bullet point/number. I'm so glad that Kerri was given the lead to help her find the answers she was looking for.
So, how was your week? Let me know about the smiles and thankfuls either in the comments or in a post you link up.
Have a lovely day!
PS. Did you count? How long did it take?
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