Sick Day: A Practice in Gratitude

Motherhood is hard and holy work. So hard, so holy.

It’s been a week. We started with Lu, fresh out of the bath, running headlong into a busted chin and her first set of stitches. The next day, Annie came down with a nasty fever virus, and six days later, she’s still not well and Lu has started her turn with it. Neither girl is sleeping well at night, and the days are filled with tracking doses of medication and trying to hydrate two littles who keep throwing up whatever goes down. Throw in work and all the laundry and basically dousing the house in Lysol — doing all these things over and over — and well… I’m tired. But today, tending to Lu, I pulled out my camera, looking for the light in the form of silver linings. All these worries and inconveniences are opportunities to seek out blessings and practice gratitude. So, these images – from backpacks home with their owners instead of at school, modern medicine, quiet moments to catch up on work, all the laundry, to a little girl who trusts me to the utmost and feels safest in my arms – are blessings among all the murmuring I’ve surely done this week. Pressing a cold cloth to a hot forehead, coaxing a piece of toast into a tummy, and praying that tomorrow is a little bit better are all ways that I’m serving my family, and I’ll let these images serve as my reminder that this work is hard but holy. 

Thankful: We Love Our Home

*Photo taken last fall*
One day last week, I pulled into the driveway. Adam was working on his tractor, and the dogs were out playing and ran up to greet me. The weather was sunny and a perfect 75 degrees. Little "helicopter" seeds from the maple tree covered the green lawn, and there was a fresh springy smell in the air. 
It was perfect.

I stood very still for a moment to take it all in. Many days, as I'm pulling in the driveway, I say out loud to myself, "How is this even fair? I can't believe we're lucky enough to live here." But really, we aren't lucky. We are blessed. God has given us the means and the opportunities to make this life our life, and we are so thankful. 

Hope you all are having a good week and are thankful for wherever you may be in life right now. I know it's Monday, but it's a sunshine-y kind of Monday!  


Thankful: Spring Evenings

Those evenings are coming. Those longer, warmer, sun-filled, happy evenings. A couple of nights ago, we got our first taste of one. We had dinner outside, played some one-on-one basketball, and ended the evening by racing the sun for a few minutes of fishing. It was a perfect evening. We talked about our future together. We laughed together. And we were quiet together, enjoying the blessings that make up our home. I’m grateful to have moments like this with Adam. I’ll keep the evening tucked away with grainy photos on this little blog. Hope you are having a great week, as well.
Love, Bekah
P.S. I give A a really hard time about his overalls, but I think he’s kind of adorable in them.