Thursday, June 2, 2016
and then there are trials....
We went out for ice cream!!! This is one of the things I love about homeschooling, the freedom to do what we want when we want. I was going to have a soft-serve twist, chocolate and vanilla, but at the last minute I decided I would be happier if I didn't. Because I assessed how I felt, and I really didn't want one that badly. I know, not a big deal, but to me...each temptation is a big deal, and if I just said, "what the heck", and gave in each time, I would gain back all my weight. So I fight, and I assess, and I don't give up. The kids really enjoyed it though:)
Anyway. Life isn't totally all sunshine and roses.
Today was one of those days. The difficulties weren't stacked up one after another, but I had a really rough night. If you have ever had a really really bad migraine, you can relate. It was one of those superbly painful ones, one where the feeling that the barf was all the way up to my chin, ready to fly out, because the pain was so intense...the throbbing stabbing pain.
It started in quietly, yesterday afternoon...then it got bad during the night, when I realized that I wasn't going to get any sleep if I didn't get some ibuprofen. I was lying there waiting for Paul to get up for work, so I could ask him to get me some. Then I looked at my phone, which killed, because my head was screaming when I moved. It was five o'clock. He wasn't getting up any time soon. So I hobbled in and got two, drank lots of water, and got back into bed. The throbbing pain was so intense, I tried my best to relax every muscle and not move, so it was subside...by six it wasn't any better, so I got up and took two more ibuprofen. By seven, it was easing off a tiny bit, but I was exhausted. I think intense pain tires me out.
But it also helps me have mercy on others. Pain teaches us to value the times when we feel good, too.
I couldn't get up to see the school girls out the door. I couldn't get up for Davian, good thing Kathryn was here.
Suzanne called me from school and asked me to bring a few things she needed for a presentation. Ugh. I knew I had to get up, but my head still hurt, and every time I closed my eyes I was dreaming again. I finally got up, at ten a.m., feeling wrung out and awful, not like one would expect to feel after sleeping in until ten.
Anyway,I brought Suzanne's stuff to school (and met her friend, who has wanted to meet me for a while, I gave her a hug!) I brought Kathryn to the library, then to Kohl's, because I had Kohl's cash, and a 20% off coupon. Kathryn needed khaki shorts for tomorrow night, for our new church fundraiser, working a concert venue in the city, on the lake. Ringo Starr is coming tomorrow night, to the brand new outdoor stadium. We are working the food concessions there, and have to wear khaki shorts or pants.
I also got her a nice pair of Birkenstocks for $26, boots for Char and Cam for next winter for $8 a pair, pants for Jonathan, a few tank tops for me, and a few other things...it all adds up so fast, even when it's at bargain prices.
We then went to the grocery store for just a few things, like strawberries and peppers and tomatoes and cheese and chicken.
Home...ah home. Lydia was here!
She likes the Little Tikes car.
We had taco salad for dinner out on the deck, Emily joined us, and Samuel SORT of did...he was on the phone. He's doing well in the Army Old Guard these days, he's now officially a team leader, in charge of five guys, one of whom is five years older than Sam. He was in the ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb, with President Obama, and said it was so hot and humid...
But he saw the old guys there in their Vietnam caps, and was sorry for feeling complain-y.
He was also in the Twilight Tatoo last night, and afterward there is always a meet-greet, and he got to shake hands with some veterans, and with lots of kids who delight in meeting the soldiers.
Sam's excited because he is coming home in two weeks, and we're excited to see him.
Four kids are in the living room this fine evening, so I have to be more attentive.
I got through this day, and hopefully I got lots of treasures too. I hope my headache wasn't just in vain, just a suffering with no results, that would be tragic. I hope I got something out of it...