Resting with sweet baby yesterday
This afternoon I could hardly move without crying, and I was so grateful that a friend happened to text message me right during this time frame. She came and whisked away the children for the evening and I've been resting in bed with the baby. I even fell asleep at one point, only to be awakened by sirens and dozens of emergency vehicles responding to something on a neighboring street.
Big brother can be so gentle with her!
And so Lent begins tomorrow, and as usual I am not prepared. I'm doubtful we will be able to attend Mass, and am hoping I can just make it to my twice-rescheduled doctor appointment and start packing and cleaning up the cabin. I'm struggling immensely with the children's behavior and am thinking that staying here this last week maybe wasn't the best idea.
So proud to wear the baby in my wrap
It's interesting to see the Lenten plans and activities on others' blogs and Facebook. So many other moms seem excited about the challenge! This is a season I always seem to struggle with. My weaknesses are very apparent, and the whole season just feels gloomy when I'm ready for springtime and the joyful hope of Easter. It's been such a long and cold winter, filled with the anxieties of pregnancy. Now is the time I want to rejoice. We survived! The surgery went smoothly! My baby is healthy! We made it through six weeks staying away from home!
Ice this morning!
Just when I start to feel like I have a handle on things, a new challenge comes about. I guess that's the nature of the Christian journey. And the lesson of our great need of a Savior. May I find humility in my weakness and total reliance on God to make it through this difficult season as we follow the Way of the Cross. May my sweet newborn baby be that reminder of total reliance. May God be the strength I need to endure the physical challenges of the coming days, and the emotional challenges and needs of my growing family. And may He reveal the ways our family can best grow and improve during this Lenten season. Amen.
My companion tonight while the kids were gone