So after yesterday's need to re-focus on gratefulness...
Daughter (#7) came home from school with a fever.
So today's plans were scrapped and we've been watching "Flash" and "Phineas and Ferb" non-stop all day while I coax her to stay hydrated and eat something.
A friend's sweet text reminded me that these days of the troops needing their momma when they are sick are numbered. I only have two or three who really want me to take care of them when they are sick, now. Of course, I take care of them anyway, but only a couple of the troops can't stay home alone - so if they are sick it rarely derails our plans.
Not to mention, the big kids just aren't sick very often.
So here is today's list:
1. Got to talk to Son (#1). He finally got the insurance settlement on his wrecked Jeep from Christmas Break (not his fault). Which means a trip down to see him in a week or two. Yay!
2. Texts from Daughter (#2). Concerned about her little sis, discussing Gilmore Girls, and getting updates on the basketball games she and I have both missed this week.
3. Another call from Son (#3) asking what he could bring home for us. His thoughtful heart and willingness to make a root beer run.
4. Even though I've missed the last two games that Son (#4) has played - one currently in progress as I type - I love knowing that the Coach is there cheering him on and so is the wonderful "family" that is our school. And cousins. And aunts and uncles. Plenty of cheering all around. I love seeing him play, but I'm grateful that when I'm not there, our fans still will be.
5. That Daughter (#5) is literally the most easy going, dry-humored, funny and low-maintenance teenager ever. In history. Enough said. Because we don't lack for drama around here.
6. That every time I see Daughter (#6) play basketball (like the game I watched last night right BEFORE we realized that her little sister was sick), I am reminded of the amazing work God has done in her life. Oh the stories. Oh the joy to see her, now.
7. If someone has to be sick, Daughter (#7) is seriously the never-complaining, happiest, non-particular, sweet, laughing-even-when-she-has-a-fever (thanks, Ferb!), girl to ever grace our troops. Need anything, I ask? Nope. Are you ok, I ask? Yep. Even when she's burning up. Every family should have a 7th born, 4th born girl. Sweetest.
8. And Little Man? He's grown so much this school year. Especially with his reading. From not getting all of his AR points the first 9 weeks to reaching beyond his goal the next 9 weeks to reading all. of. the. time. now. I'm so proud.
9. Without the Coach? This whole ship would sink. He's been support staff the two weeks I've been down with this cold (thankfully, still SO MUCH better, today). He's brought kids home and gone to games without me and walked in the door ready to help out however he can. I'm so grateful to be married to a man who lays down his life DAILY for all of us. Too bad I'm missing all of the under-his-breath-coaching-from-the-bleachers tonight. Once a basketball coach? Always a basketball coach.
So there you have it. Nothing is ideal here, today. But all is well. How could I complain about being snuggled up with my littlest girl watching Phineas and Ferb and eating chicken quesadillas on a cold, dreary night? With lots of texts from the Crusader fans.
What are you grateful for, today?? I want to hear it!