So recently, there has been some sort of injury that has seemingly turned everything upside down in our house… Mommy’s down. Yikes! I have had some sort of back injury involving a disc out of place, a pelvis that continues to shift out of line, and all the muscles and tendons therin attached. It has been extremely painful to say the least. We are in the beginning stages of our fifth pregnancy, so pain meds are just not an option. Here we go with insanely cold ice packs, trying to relax through the pain, countless chiropractor visits, and all the fun from keeping it all going from the recliner!
It is a tough place to be when you really just cannot move much at all on your own. Thankfully, my husband has big, strong, beefy muscles and really can lift me up and down as we need him to. Yeah! The tough part is that although our children really do well on their current routine of a regular homeschool day, they are still pretty young and rely on Mommy moving about to make it all happen. Daddy has stepped in to take over, and I have had to try to relax, really not look at the small stuff, and find peace in the midst of what could be utterly disastrous if I was super OCD about how things were going. It is just going to be okay, I have figured and my back is doing so much better now. I am not back to what it was before, but making a gradual comeback! Lookout! There are so many things that race through your mind as you sit, and ponder, and try to make the best of any situation.
Choosing to be joyful. Choosing to look forward. Choosing to embrace the time we have… together on the couch, reading books, doing all kinds of arts and craft projects, peek-a-boo and other lap games, and just many have-to-sit- and-do-it kinds of things you can do with your family. I have learned so much from this experience the past three weeks.
1. There are times when you just have to rely on others. What a blessing to serve (and to be served).
My neighbor came up to my rescue once when I thought I was ready to venture it all by myself… so thankful, yet it can be so humbling.
2. Children really, really can do so much more than we give them credit. Above and beyond their usual chorelists and simple tasks, they really stepped up to the plate to help with 1 yr. old baby brother and everything else that was needing to be done. So thankful for our active 8, 5, and 3, and 1 year old helpers.
3. It really is okay to not have to be up “doing” stuff all the time. It is so peaceful and needed to just truly “Be still and know that God is God.” He does His job perfectly without me.
4. Everything doesn’t have to “look” like I think it should anyways. It is really okay to focus on other things and not always sweeping, mopping, picking up, and focusing on how things look. It is okay to just ‘be’ the family you want to be without stressing the ‘look.’