Monday, April 1, 2013

Out like a lamb


The kids had spring break last week, and I had big dreams. We would staycation! Relax, enjoy! The weather would be beautiful, the cherry blossoms would bloom, the house would stay clean, the children would get along...

Monday arrived, along with 5 inches of snow. On Tuesday, I was diagnosed with a sinus infection which by Wednesday reached my stomach, and knocked me out for the rest of the week. By Wednesday afternoon the house was a category 5 disaster. I think it actually smelled, although my sense of smell was gone, so that is pure speculation. To add to the fun, we lost the TV remote, cutting off access to Netflix (we don't have cable), and leaving the kids to work out for themselves whose turn it was to use the iPod Touch. Think Hunger Games, minus the hunger part, as they had also managed to gain unfettered access to the Costco stash of goldfish.

In an attempt to minimize the damage Jack, bless him, missed two days of work and was Superman, juggling all housework and childcare while I slept around the clock.  Between the two of us, we did manage to get the kids out of the house once a day.

Monday 


Tuesday 


Wednesday


Thursday 


Friday 



As I spent the rest of my time in bed, I dreamed about Easter. 

On Easter, the disappointment of the week would be behind us. By Easter, the antibiotic would take effect, and my energy would be back. On Easter, the house would be restored to order, and so would the kids. I envisioned scrubbing them clean, dressing them up, and watching them discover their basket treasures. They would delight in their egg hunt, and forget all the times during the week I lost my patience with them.  Easter would make everything better. 

And then I thought, isn't that true?

This Easter morning, more than most, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for my Savior. The laments of my week were so trivial, but I knew that even they were included in His sacrifice. He is the answer to every disappointment, and the source of every happiness. I imagined His resurrection, and I imagined being with my family forever, and I was happy.




I'm also thankful for Jack's sister Elise, who stepped in like an angel and filled the kids Easter baskets to the brim. We adore Elise.



Happy Easter!

11 comments:

Richard Bracken said...

True easter joy! And how could you NOT have that with those perfectly precious kids that we love and adore and miss so much!!!!

Richard Bracken said...

From Aileen, although uncle Richard would echo these sentiments.

Jane said...

I would gladly take.your sinus infection if it meant staring at the back of Eddie's head while he playes! The kids look as cute as can be!! So glad you are on the mend!

Susan said...

Jolie's smile, Leah's missing tooth, Cal with his hands in his pockets, and Eddie's happy little body!! This post melts me! Love those munchkins!

Heather said...

Oh, Katie!! I can totally sympathize with the sinus infection, as I am fighting the mother of all infections as we speak. I have not handled it graciously AT. ALL. Your kids are adorable and seem no worse for the wear after what must have been a terribly long week for everyone!

Jenny B said...

Katie, your kids are TOO CUTE.

And of course, this post warmed my heart, as most of your posts do.

Love you, cousin.

Kristin said...

Look at those bunny ears! Sorry you were sick. :( this season has been the WORST. Kids turned out cuter than ever, even so. Love them!

Lorie said...

Ummm...when did Cal and Eddie get so big!?!? They are all beautiful!

Jodi said...

oh boy, what a week! I'm glad you still had such a positive perspective in the end.

Daneille said...

Those kids are so beautiful! Does Eddie EVER stop smiling and just being so naturally cuh-ute!?! I now reiterate my wish that I could have been there but no longer just because you were sick... because it looks like I would have had so much fun with the kids each day! So glad everything turned out, Jack and Elise came to the rescue, you got better, and Easter morning dawned with restoration and glory. Love you all so much!

Jeannie said...

As always, I love your perspective. I think Easter takes on a whole new meaning when you become a parent. And I'm not just talking about hiding the eggs and chocolate bunnies... I'm grateful for the Atonement and new beginnings.

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