Life is busy. Life with 6 children is busy. Life homeschooling those 6 children is busy. But my goodness, life with a child who has special needs is a new definition of “busy.”
In many ways I feel like my life has been a whirlwind these past 18 months. There are days I find myself asking, “What did ‘normal’ life ever look like?” I can’t remember. . .
I recently had one of those crazy mom days. . .Moms, you know what I’m talking about. It was one of “THOSE” days. . . life was spinning all around me and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath.
“Mom, can I have snack?”
“Mom, can you help me with math?”
“Mom, I need a spelling test.”
“Mom can I have another snack?”
“Mom, when’s lunch?”
“Mom!!!!! I went poo poo!!!”
I was trying to answer a million questions, referee fights, help with school work, make meals; but all the while I was also trying to make sure I was taking care of Judah’s needs. Feed Judah. Do therapy with Judah. Spend a couple hours in the chamber with Judah. Feed Judah again. More therapy. More chamber time. More feeding. More therapy.
So what did I do? I wish I could say I grabbed my Bible and a worship cd and went to my prayer closet. But oh no. Not this day. I hid!! In the bathroom! I locked my bedroom door. I locked my bathroom door. And hid! And this time it wasn’t my kids that found me. It was Chad! I heard our bedroom door open, then watched our bathroom door slowly creep open. There he was, my handsome husband, discovering me, his bride, the mother of his children, hiding in the bathroom with coffee in one hand and ice cream in the other. ha!
So yes, my life is busy. But in some ways it really has slowed down. No really! It has! At the beginning of this year we made a conscious decision to slow down a bit. At one point last year I was taking Judah to as many as eight appointments each week. That usually included at least one trip to Tampa. But you can only run at that pace for so long before something has to give. We started noticing some symptoms in my health that needed attention. And we also noticed our children needed their mama home again.
Please pray for us as we seek the Lord as to what therapies we should be doing right now and which doctors we should be seeing. There are so many opinions out there of what is best for my son. I want God’s opinion! He knows what Judah needs and He knows what our family needs.
He is making all things new. In my heart. In my home. In my family. And in Judah.
Thank you for loving us, encouraging us, and praying for us. Your prayers are what carry us through!
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
Oh, this made me just laugh – I’m so glad you took ice cream and coffee with you when you hid! 🙂 You are an amazing woman of God, and sometimes you need your time, and treats, and you deserve it! When the twins were little, I felt the only place I could go alone and have quiet time was the shower!
What a testimony to God’s faithfulness! I, too, am seeing how He makes all things new after a tragedy we suffered last year and it’s constant after effects. Learning first and foremost to take care of ourselves in the midst of the needs of others is a journey in itself. Celebrating the newness of life with you and your family! He truly has made all provision for everything we each need! Love and blessings! Kathi Tanzillo
I’m going to have to remember to grab some ice cream next time I go hide in the bathroom!!! Love it!
I enjoy reading about your adventures, laughs, stories, so much. You are such a blessing!
Coffee and ice cream!! Great idea!! LOL
I have 6 kids now (all under 4) full time so I know crazy!!
It seems like the biggest challenge is Isaiah and all his needs. To make sure they get met. I guess the easiest thing for me is that 4 of them are not mine so I don’t have any guilt over not being able to invest as much time in them. My kids come first, and even that is hard to fit in at this season in my life.
Praying for you!