Celebration Day: Part Deux

There is a contentedness to my bone weary exhaustion tonight. Perhaps it is because these children fill my heart to the brim. Add my hubby in and I’m overflowing.

It was not an ideal day, but it was still beautiful. There are three small children who have not had their mommy for 3 weeks. You can only imagine the detox that we underwent today. Fortunately, I was reminded by Guest Blogger Joe this morning not to have expectations of paradise, but to think realistically. I hate it when he’s right!

All in all, it was a sweet day. Balloons from Monica showed up at our door mid-morning.
Bella spent her morning reading (check it out… she’s learning the chief end of man.)
After work, Daddy took us all out to eat. Sadly, Ash didn’t get his Dave’s. When we told him we weren’t going to Dave’s, he asked if we could go to Bravo. That’s my Buddy!
From the picture, I assume y’all can tell we’re at Five Guys. Burgers and fries, baby. I have to splurge every now and then. When we were almost done, Ash looked up and gasped in horror. “Mom!” he almost shouted, “That sign says their burgers are the best in town. How can they say that when that’s not true? Dave’s is the best in town.” Oh my little man makes me laugh and shake my head.

After celebration cupcakes, the kiddos got all bundled into jammies and their robes from Grandma & Grandpa (because my poor mother-in-law left 80 degrees in Phoenix to spend a week and a half here during the coldest spell this winter and the kids woke up every morning freezing in our poorly insulated, full of windows, but I’m still very thankful we have it, house.)
Then we danced. Oh, how we danced. All five of us going crazy in the kitchen. And watching Bri cut loose with my babies to 80’s music just filled my heart with joy.

Yes, I am exhausted. The depression still hovers, but I am pushing it back with all my might. And I am sighing. Content. Grateful to have another day of this life, this gift to live.

11 responses to “Celebration Day: Part Deux”

  1. “He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory.” Isaiah 61:3 You, beautiful girl, are a strong and graceful oak and your life is shouting glory to God–yes, Bella, the chief end of man! 😉



  2. Sounds like a pretty good day….and a bit of, well, darn, can’t think of the word, but something like culture shock….you know, like jumping back into the swimming pool after you are dry or something…Oh, I know, like dying of thirst, and then taking a drink out of a fire hydrant!!
    Anyway, I am sure your kids had a great day, and I am sure your days will get better and better, as they get your thyroid meds back where they need to be. You’ve been thru sooo much. And all of us just look back, listen to your heart, and learn. Learn more of what it means to love God, to trust Him, even in the midst of suffering and fear and not having one bit of understanding of what He is doing, yet still, after wiggling, and wrestling, and being human, we see you stop, worship the Lord with thankfulness and see the desire you have of a child for their Abba father, and their Savior, and I am reminded, that I too, need to stop, listen, pray and trust. Thanks for your honesty and openness now, in the middle of your trial, and not after it’s over and you can give your happily ever after story.
    SO HAPPY you are no longer GLowing with radiation, but with the love your children have infused you with. Hope you feel even better, and have more energy soon. I guess that will take some time.
    Love to you and Brian and kids, Carol


  3. Peace be with you, sister.


  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful day and we are happy for you all. We look forward to you having many more and we loved the pictures.

    Mom and Dad


  5. I’m so happy for you all to make it through this time. I have a wonderful picture in my mind of you all dancing around. The funny thing is that we have 80’s night dance parties in our house all the time. There is just something about that music. Enjoy your day!


  6. What delightful pictures! Blessings!


  7. My heart is dancing to the same music you are playing…..hope! 🙂


  8. I don’t even know what Five Guys is, but I love me an occasional burger 🙂

    I’m so glad you had the day with your family.

    Peace to you,


  9. Rejoicing with you!



  10. I appreciate this story…even with the detox moments, it sounds like a perfect day. I hope those tough moments are fewer today.

    Burgers and fries sounds delightful…I haven’t had one in quite some time.


  11. Did you ever notice that none of your kids smile with their teeth showing?

    I love how you get a whole bagful of french fries at Five Guys. mmm mmm.


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