“Sick day” has become the norm over here for almost a week. Sweet Rett woke up sick Wednesday night and was sick for the next two days and my Cates started last night. The stomach bug is my least favorite thing. Both had to be taken to the doctor to get a zofran shot. I was honestly afraid that their little bodies would be immune to it as they were pretty much “made” from the drug. I seriously rationed out my zofran pills while I was pregnant. Apparently they are not immune…it worked. Below is a pic of sweet Cates from this afternoon completely lifeless.
The only plus to these last few extremely unproductive days was that I got to play Mom all day long. I did answer phone calls and reply to emails, but I was at home and got to love on these little love bugs all day long. I got to sit and just rock Rett forever and it wasn’t all about how fast I could get him to go to sleep so I could get on to what I needed to do. He and I rocked and laughed at each other for so long that I didn’t want him to fall asleep. Oh, I love that little guy!! The pics below are from today (where no one got out of their jammies all day). You can tell he is feeling much better and that Mommy really needs to clean out her closet.
I often feel terribly guilty for working my tail off and not being at home 24/7. I sometimes wish I just had a normal 8-5 job and could leave everything at the office. Today, one of the many recent “sick days”, I am thankful for my little business and mostly the amazing girls that keep it all together and a husband who pitches in. I get the joy of doing what I absolutely love AND get to play Mom. As much as I hate that these little ones were sick, I sure loved every single minute of loving on them all day long. Here’s hoping sweet Cates is looking more like this tomorrow than the pic above.
Hello readers! It has been ages since I have done a blog post! It is with bittersweet feelings that I am writing my final Parish blog post. I have made the decision to stay at home with my sweet little boy, Charlie.
I have loved my time at Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design! The friends I have made are priceless, and design work I have been able to do is just the icing on a very sweet cake. I am about to be up to my eyeballs in runny noses, temper tantrums, sticky fingers, and a very active 9 month old! And if I am being honest, I could not be more excited or grateful!!
I hope to still get a call from time to time from my AFGID gals. I hope they miss me as much as I will miss them! Be sure to check in, and meet sweet Jessica. the new addition to AFGID! I have had the pleasure of working with her the past two weeks, and could not love her more! I know all of you will love her too!
Just a few days ago there was a birthday party in Heaven for two sweet four-year-olds.
Cates is super into birthday parties at the moment. We put candles in biscuits, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls…anything that will hold one and sing “happy birthday” to anyone she can think of over and over again. So, on Thursday it was appropriate to legitimately sing “happy birthday” on a real birthday. A very special birthday to me. After all, I’m not sure I would cherish her precious little life or her brother’s quite as much had it not been for their sisters. Trying to explain to a two-and-a-half-year-old why Mommy cries sometimes or why we visit the cemetery is a challenge I never considered. It isn’t exactly an enjoyable experience, but it is a sweet one. The reality of mortality has forever influenced my outlook on just about everything. That has become a praise.
For some reason that morning I woke up before everyone else and couldn’t go back to sleep. I am reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and I am loving it. I have underlined and starred and made notes all through it. Thursday morning, I began chapter 8. It’s so neat how every now and then God has just the right thing to say at the most appropriate time. Since the day we lost the twins, I have often wondered why we didn’t get the miracle and why it seemed like everywhere I looked there were miracles being passed around like candy. I know that sounds totally self centered, but it is honest. So as I am reading chapter 8, Mark references John the Baptist being in prison. Jesus sends a messenger to John to tell him about all the amazing miracles he is performing and also says “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” I can imagine John the Baptist sitting in prison wondering why Jesus didn’t let him in on the miracle train and let him go. After all, John was one of his best followers and his cousin and he was left in prison to die. ”Blessed is the one who is not offended by me”…that hit home. I needed that, especially on the twins’ birthday.
The Circle Maker is totally awesome. My piddley little tid bit above doesn’t do an ounce of justice as to how amazing this book is. It really is a life changing book. So, I’m thinking we will do a fun little give away. Just comment on this post and let us know if you want one and we will contact you back and mail it out. I wish I could give a million away, but let’s start with about 10.
I didn’t meant to preach today. Hope it didn’t come across that way. Just want you guys to know how amazing this book is and how much I love it when God shows up at just the right time. So, let us know if you would like a book and we will send one your way. :)