This time last year, I was at the beginning of what would be a nearly four month quest to figure out why I was experiencing many an unpleasant GI system-- turned out to be a newly-developed sensitivity to eggs and since we ate them scrambled every weekday morning, I was kind of doing it to myself. But they had to rule out gall bladder, thyroid, ulcerative colitis, and a few other things before we figured out the eggs. So this time last year I was a hot digestive mess, on a few medications to subdue the symptoms so I could make it through the day. B was still a needy, crawling baby who couldn't do a whole lot for himself and had some reflux to top it all off. C was slowly gaining independence, but also still reliant on us to snuggle her to sleep and to help her out in the bathroom and all of those other things three-year-olds still need. I found myself crying to God many nights to show mercy. I prayed that my doctors would get answers sooner rather than later. I prayed for rest.
This year, I feel like we're 180 degrees away from where we were this time last year. It's a testament to God's grace and provision and blessing in our lives. With the egg thing figured out, I feel great. B is slowly gaining independence, which makes life easier, and C is super independent (and super fun). They both feed themselves, they sleep well at night and go to bed on their own, they're developing quite a friendship. I could go on and on. I feel like our house has been blessed with rest and peace and love and so much more.
It's funny how sometimes it takes some less than stellar periods of life to help us appreciate the really awesome periods of life. And just because we're in an awesome period of life, doesn't mean the poop is about to hit the fan, so to speak (although I used to be someone who totally held my breath during the "good times" waiting for the bad to grab a hold on me).
I'm thankful for this one-eighty. Though the weeping may last for a night, the joy really does come with the morning.
May all of you find joy and be blessed this holiday season! In this house, we've started Christmas shopping (I cannot wait to blog about some of the deals I managed to snag already this year), we're paying attention to and thanking God for our blessings, we're raking leaves, we're slowly taking down the Halloween and fall decorations in preparation for the Christmas and winter ones, and we're soaking up every sunny fall day that we can outside, because the snowy, blustery, cold days will be here soon.
~One Ordinary Mom :-)
P.S. No post would be complete without pictures. This year, Miss C drew the face on our jack-o-lantern. She wanted square eyes and a rectangle nose. Both kiddos "helped" scoop out the pumpkin guts. C was excited to wear her mustache (we saved it for trick or treat night). B left the head piece for his costume on 50% of the night (I'll count it as a victory).