Saturday, November 26, 2011
Feeling a little better
I was able to pull together a small Thanksgiving dinner Friday evening with a turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and just canned green beans and corn. I had made a pumpkin pie already before getting sick.
Christopher spent the afternoon here resting and working on a project (being a computer science student, he can do some of it on his laptop and finish the rest at the lab). That meant he was also able to enjoy a second (albeit much smaller) Thanksgiving dinner with us before returning to campus. He said he was still full from the feast he had with M.'s family the day before but he ended up with three helpings (my husband says it's my gravy they can't get enough of...).
The turkey was an answer to prayer. Finances have been really tight this year and we had prayed for a turkey. Hubby went to a food pantry at a local church last Sunday afternoon and brought home a TURKEY. Much rejoicing and appreciation... especially as one knows all they have comes from Him.
I was telling the retinal specialist (as I thanked him for taking patients from the clinic for only $5.00) that we never expected to end up in our financial position when hubby was working on a Master's Degree and worked as an engineer but "life happened". At one time we were very financially secure and then hubby's illness started getting to the point he could no longer hold a job. We went through all our savings and the equity in our former house.
Sometimes I do get frustrated but then I look around and know I really can't complain, He has made my boundaries in pleasant places. Of course, my theology is Reformed enough that I believe all that comes our way first goes through His hands. I often ask Him what I'm to learn from this... what I can share with others experiencing difficult times.
That has only come from years of walking with He who is Peace and seeing what He has done over the years. Instead of being all cranky and such... there are times I wake up wondering what He is going to do that day.
I have watched Him... when I was in the midst of such troubles that I had to remind myself to breath it hurt so much... perform miracles which could only come from an eternal and infinite and loving God... three in One... Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Life with Him is far from boring. :)
Yes, I do have to be very careful as having a chronic illness means an impaired immune system. I had just been to my three month doctor's checkup on Monday and received a flu shot for influenza. This milder flu has been going around and both hubby and Christopher had it earlier. It seems to run its' course in a few days. I'm quite tired but better.
Today the weather is unusually warm for November so I'm going to make an attempt to further clear the garden for winter. The forecast is for much colder weather and snow coming in soon. Hubby's collar bone is healing enough to do some outside work today, too. I'll let the turkey stock simmer on the stove and plan leftovers for dinner. :)
Oh... I will try to write a Q & A post next week for all the questions in Comments.
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