Kenan was the first to get sick- right as he got up Friday morning. When the baby gets sick, there is still the hope that we all will not get it. He had it pretty bad, though, being willing to sit for hours in the rocker and doze. Then yesterday evening as Luke was grilling hot dogs for dinner, Adon fell ill. Okay, fine, no problem…he is little, too. The bug could be targeting those with less immunity…
But then, last night was a mess. So many of the children got sick so often I lost count how many times I got up out of bed to assist them. Aliyah and Sarah were real troopers, helping Luke and me change sheets and give baths. I was so grateful I wasn’t feeling it come on myself, and that Luke was okay so far, too. Luke did finally succumb this morning, and I did this afternoon. Poor us.
I still would say that, even in my advanced pregnancy and feeling ill, I got a lot of laundry done today! We have much to do tomorrow to get the house back into shape, things that can’t happen until people are all better. But I was happy I could use the more lucid moments today to get a good start on the clean up effort.
As I hauled another load of laundry downstairs and paused on the porch, I couldn’t help but be uplifted by the warm breezes and sunshine of this day. The verse came to mind,
This is the day that the LORD has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
And I realized, this day, Palm Sunday, is in fact the day that is talked about in this verse! Somewhere I heard that this psalm is prophetic that way. Cool! So even though we missed the palm branch parade and Aliyah’s first piano solo for offeratory (don’t worry, we’ll be sure to get a video of the rescheduled event), it was and is still a day for rejoicing and being glad. We have a good God, we are together, we can take care of each other, and we have beds and pillows on which to lay our weary heads. Which is where I am headed now.