This week has been a doozey, imaginary friends. I had a bad reaction to a medication I was put on and have been shaky, dizzy, and fatigued all week, for about 24-hours we thought we might have to put Lucy down, I was basically eaten alive by a parent at a conference this week, Bean had a terrible stomach bug and threw up for two days on every linen and car we own, work has suddenly imploded, Chris has missed work so much in the past two weeks that he may forget where is office is if he’s gone anymore, we got an unexpected $400 power bill, and I ate my last box of Girl Scout cookies.
It’s been rough. But in the midst of all this chaos, I’ve tried to be a student of life. Don’t you feel like that’s what we are? We’re just students learning from everything around us. Everything we go through can teach us something if we’re willing to learn. And so, this week, I’ve learned a lot. Feel free to stitch any of these on a pillow.
1. Sometimes people blame you because there is no one else to blame, and that doesn’t mean it’s your fault.
2. When something is wrong with your body, listen. You know it better than any doctor.
3. Having children makes any emergency 1,000 times scarier – their emergencies because you just can’t imagine and your emergencies because you are someone’s mother.
4. Good husbands hold your purse when you’re shopping, your face when you’re kissing, and your hand when you’re hurting.
5. Resting doesn’t always have to mean sleeping. Sometimes it can mean laughing with people you love.
6. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, sometimes the best thing you can do is give up.
7. A good friend is there for you whether you want them to be or not.
8. When your child says his stomach hurts, don’t bring them into your bed unless you lay down a towel first.
9. When you teach, work IS personal.
10. Prayer does. Whatever it is you need, prayer does that. Every time. All the time.
11. I’m pretty sure I could medal in Olympic bobsledding.
12. My own mother has no faith in me as an Olympian. And she said so on Facebook.
13. There really is no place like home.
14. A good family is there for you whether you want them to be or not.
15. Our bodies are beautifully and wonderfully made, and sometimes the best thing we can do is let them take care of us.
16. When you’re fed up, let it out.
17. Bodies need cookies, man.
18. If you can’t say something nice, then say something not nice in as nice of a way as possible.
19. Leave the thermostat alone, and wear a sweater.
20. Happiness is easiest during happy times, but sweetest during hard times.