When Things Don't Go As Planned

We had a Plan A and a Plan B--depending on our mood. I've always loved the idea of going to Nauvoo in the fall/winter--off season, walking around with the stops all to ourselves and imagining those families who had to leave their homes on cold days just like these. Nauvoo was Plan A and we had our hotel booked & ready.

Also, I've been itching to get our living room 'finished'--after last fall's finishing of all the upstairs rooms & hallway (needs: walls sanded, baseboards replaced, walls & ceiling painted). Plan B was to get the living room finished.

Whichever one, we vowed fun quality time together for the week of Thanksgiving while Dad is home and a few days off work! We didn't make any specific dinner plans since we weren't sure if we would be in town or if our kitchen would be near the construction zone. know, we had to throw out both Plan A AND Plan B when the kids started throwing up on Monday.


I've been in bed all week. I am standing at the counter typing this, but it is wearing me out. I've lost 7 lbs and I've got a sore abdomen from coughing. I've gone to sleep with Nyquil and woken up with headaches. The flu is no joke, I have learned.

I've been frustrated to have to be quarantined from my family and the lack of involvement I've had in the merry-making of this week. I was slated to teach on Sunday and now I cannot (I might fall over, seriously), which I really feel awful about--it is one of my favorite things to do and this is the last month of the year! This year is closing out and I feel like I'm stuck in the shadows. Honestly, I don't think I'd do very well as an invalid for very long, I've had some seriously emotional ups and's only been 4 1/2 days!


Those are my complaints for the day.

I'm grateful for the people who have offered prayers, love, meals, and support. I just need to be well enough to keep the fort running next week when Mr. H is back at work again.

I'm grateful for the pondering time to sort through thoughts, throw out the bad ones and make plans in my head for a December to remember.

I'm grateful for Mr. H's awesomeness--he pulled Thanksgiving off with brilliance--who would have doubted?

I'm grateful for my littles who have adjusted to Mommy not being able to be front-and-center and have been helpful with the little things that have to get done to keep a house happy.

I'm grateful for my Savior who loves me and allows us to make plans and throw them out when needed--always available for support and reminding...we are not in charge, but He is.

I guess that's the life lesson, right?

-->Plan but be ready for changes ahead.
-->Honor frustrations for a moment but continue on with gratitude.
-->Find joy in the little things, push away the negative energy.
-->Take time to breathe.

-->Write it down.

Miss N--a month ago. This is kind of how I look, though.

It can only get better from here!

Signing out of NaBloPoMo for 2013.
See you next year.

1 comment:

lisapenn said...

First off, I am so sorry that you have been sick! My whole family was sick with the flu one year at Thanksgiving and it was the PITS! Second, the previous post about your daddy is SO sweet. Your brother Spencer looks so much like his younger picture. Third, I had the privilege of playing the piano in the YSA branch sacrament today as they do not have a pianist. I stayed thru the whole meeting because I felt awkward leaving and then coming back for the closing hymn. The last testimony was borne by your sweet brother Spencer. He has the strongest, sweetest, most sincere testimony. I was so thankful that I stayed for the whole testimony meeting. His testament to the Saviour and for the Atonement touched my heart as I am sure it did others. The YSA branch is blessed indeed to have him as a member!
Hope you recover and that the rest of your family does not succumb to the flu throughout December!