My husband and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary yesterday. We had no grand plans but did want to celebrate by going to Mass as a family, something we strive to do whenever special occasions arise.
However, the day found us praying for and claiming healing for our four-year-old, who vomited and had diarrhea in the morning (sorry if this is too much information!). I also had a clingy baby with a cold to deal with; thank God her Kuya had already recovered from his own cold and cough! Anthony went to the office despite his not feeling so well himself. There was a mountain of laundry to fold (and another smaller mountain to wash). There were lessons to continue. And so on and so forth.
I found myself taking deep breaths A LOT. And telling myself: “Only love today.” (Repeat many, many times.)
And trying so very hard not to be impatient and irritable and worried. (Remember, I’ve committed to be healthy emotionally this year, among other things!)
Well, prayer really works (thank you all who responded to my request on Facebook!)
Rysse didn’t vomit nor have LBM again the whole day — eating bananas really work too! 😉 Anthony brought her urine to be tested though, as advised by her pedia. Just to be sure she doesn’t have an infection.
Baby Anne seems to be much better now. Thank You, Jesus!
Anthony, though not in the best of conditions, selflessly served me and the kids by (a) bringing Rysse’s urine to the hospital; (b) playing with Baby Anne so I could (finally!) take a shower; and (c) taking time to play and build stuff with Tim and Rysse, even if all he wanted to do was sleep. (Thanks again, honey!)
We ended up doing a bit of formal schoolwork (read: workbook time and reading), and I declared that playing with blocks was a good way to practice fine motor skills, inspire creativity and enhance logical thinking! Oh, and watching Frozen for the nth time as a “lesson” in loving others! 😉
So although it can be challenging to love, let us try do so, as it says in today’s First Reading:
I am imperfect and love my family imperfectly, but I strive for perfect love.
Care to join me? 🙂