What a beautiful, beautiful thing to finally have Happy Baby back — AGAIN! I am praying, praying, praying that Happy Baby sticks around for a good long while now! She’s such a sweet thing to have around!
In my angst and worry over Nora’s health, I couldn’t see past the fevers, the discomfort and the overwhelming desire to somehow make it all go away. It seemed so unfair, so pointless for her to suffer through this and for us to suffer through it along with her. When you are in the middle of life’s storms, it’s hard to imagine that there will ever be a break in the clouds. But then suddenly there it is. The rain stops, the birds are singing and wisps of steam begin to rise up from the pavement. Had the sun always been shining, it would be taken for granted. Now that Nora’s storm has passed, I am incredibly thankful and appreciative of just having a content baby! So happy that at one point I had tears streaming down my face THANKING God for answering our prayers yet once AGAIN! I wish I could somehow hold onto this perspective a little better when the dark magenta pixels are looming overhead (think weather radar image).
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
And to each of you who talked to me and wrote to me about your experiences with your own children — did you ever think antibiotic resistant ear infections, digestive troubles, allergies, etc. had purpose? I’m sure that was the last thing on your mind when you were (or are) going through them, but each scenario offered such insight into what might or might not be wrong with Nora. Although there are a few missing pieces, we at least have some of the puzzle figured out.
Nora and I ran a quick errand while the big kids were having fun swimming with some wonderful friends (and perhaps a cat).
(picture from the other day of Kittykins the Incredible Swimming Cat – coolest cat I’ve ever met)
Nora did okay in the car, but would rather I did not stop at red lights or stop signs. [Still considering getting hydraulics on the car to keep her happy.] She likes to MOVE! Nora got pretty upset at one point. The blaring Baby Einstein CD wasn’t working for her, but the next CD in the changer did the trick. It was a CD given to me by one of Nora’s sweet nurses around Easter time that features a choral piece telling the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. No kidding, she stopped crying almost immediately, her eyes were wide and alert and she just listened. Needless to say, we left that CD on for the rest of the way home!!!
Happy Baby woke up early and put in a request for a run. It was bright and sunny outside, so we wanted to get a run in before the heat kicked in. Greta made sure Nora was safe, secure, kissed and loved before we headed out the door.
As we were running there were several sightings of 3 birds and I even caught a glimpse of a rainbow spot — which is barely discernible just beneath the obvious cloud formation.
Nora was happy and content. I was tired and maybe a little slower than normal, but we were enjoying our run none the less. I took my time up the hills, taking in the sights and sounds of nature…. and then of my phone, “BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!! (robot voice) Severe. Thunder. Storm. Warning. In. Your. Current. Location.”
“Pffff,” I thought. There were maybe a few distant clouds, and the sun was shining. I had just downloaded a weather app on my phone that CLEARLY wasn’t working properly.
Nora drifted off to sleep and I took my time with lengthy rest periods of just walking.
As we turned down the street leading back to our street the northwestern sky no longer looked so friendly!!
“BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!! (robot voice) Severe. Thunder. Storm. Warning. In. Your. Current. Location,” my phone pleaded again.
(raised eyebrow) (quickened pace)
Not 10 minutes after we were in the house, the sky unleashed its fury! It was almost dark as night inside with the lights off.
After William and Nora’s recent rain encounter I did invest in a rain cover for the stroller. This time around I think Mother Nature would have jeered and laughed at it before whipping it off up into the sky.
Good thing to know the weather app works!
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
(Deuteronomy 8:17, 18 NIV)