Christmas Gratitude

By all worldly measures, my Christmas this year wasn’t a great one. I spent the weekend at home by myself, miserably sick. It’s the same bug that a couple of my kids have had, so I thought that I’d have symptoms over a couple of days, but be fairly “okay” whilst awake. That just hasn’t been the case, and I think there was so much fluid behind my eardrum on the one side that my eardrum popped. I had a medical “procedure” on Thursday that required a special diet in the days leading up to it, and I suppose that that didn’t help, since I couldn’t really get the nutrients needed to help combat sickness. On Thursday morning, I got a call asking if I would come in 3 hours early to see if they could get me out before the snow hit, and it worked out that I could do that. It was good to be able to eat normally again afterward. They didn’t say much, but I think they are “concerned”, but there’s no use in worrying until the test results are back. I spent the rest of the day with a terrible headache, and began Friday with the “bug” hitting me in full force.

All in all, not fun.

As much as it’s not necessarily fun to be by myself, I had no energy to help any child with anything these past couple days. Having the house to myself meant that I could actually try to get better without there being a million things to get done before I could actually just lay down and rest. I am grateful for that.

I’m grateful that if there is an issue medically, it will probably get dealt with “early”.

I am grateful for the roof over my head on such bitterly cold days and nights.

I am grateful to God, for Christmas, that He deigned to come to earth as a baby for our salvation.

I am grateful for all my friends, near and far, and I hope y’all understand that it’s hard to keep in touch right now.

I’m grateful to those of you who read and follow and like and comment – at some point, I’d probably write anyway, it’s kind of how I’m wired, even if it were with a pen and paper, but the back and forth is something I really appreciate right now especially.

A joyous feast of the Nativity for those of you celebrating today! Christ is Born!


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8 thoughts on “Christmas Gratitude

    1. Glorify him! 🙂

      Your note is a needed juxtaposition against the tirade my 13-year-old started in on this evening with me. She could certainly use some prayer, if you’d be willing. God bless!

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  1. I hope you are on the mend now. My daughter and I seem to have a cold but we can’t seem to figure out how since we were stuck inside almost a full week due to cold weather and ice storms. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I am hoping this is a short cold!

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    1. I think I’m getting there. One of my ears is in rough shape, though – the eardrum probably got ruptured, but the doctors can’t even look at it until it’s cleared up. I think the swelling is slowly going down, but it’s probably still going to take a couple of days at least. The good news is is that I think four of the 5 kids are pretty much over this (and none of them had it as severely as I did).

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      1. oh no! That’s awful about your ear. I have so many ear issues and this cold has wreaked havoc on them. I had to use a rice pack and warm it up, then hold it against the ear to try to relieve the fullness. Luckily it didn’t hurt. Tonight my nose is stinging like crazy and then my eyes water. My daughter was over the cold in three days so I am hoping tomorrow my cold is gone!

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      2. I hope you and your daughter get over the cold stuff quickly. Older son (11) is the one who was dealing with the worst of it today, but he’s been sleeping a lot, so I’m hoping that as much as he doesn’t feel good, the sleep will do as much as medicine. I found out, though, that the kids’ break includes Monday and Tuesday, so hopefully everyone is feeling decently enough that it actually feels like Christmas break.

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