I am ever-grateful for the prayers people offered for Nina when she underwent surgery for her re-occurring bronchial cleft cyst last Friday, and of course to God for seeing all those prayers answered so quickly and so well.
I am also thankful for Mum and Dad who supported us throughout the week with childcare for Luke, meals and treats to eat, a ride to Nina’s pre-op appointment and lots more! As my parents, Mum and Dad make Mike and my parenting easier. Thank you!
Likewise, I am grateful that we live in an area so close to top-notch medical facilities. Dr. Volk and his team, as well as Nurse Melanie and all the rest of the recovery staff, ensured Nina’s safety and comfort. Whew! They even enabled her to go home with us the same day as the surgery instead of having to stay overnight as planned. A true relief and blessing!
This past weekend, in order to give me some time to attack home organization and cleaning projects, Mike and the kids spent hours simply playing, drawing and reading together. What a relief it was for me to clean and organize without having to worry about what the kids were getting into! And, what a joy it was to hear Luke and Nina giggling with Daddy so often and so boisterously.
Luke and Nina truly relish Daddy-time, and love the differences in how he interacts with them as compared to how I do. And, I find such simple, everyday moments precious. For, although times like Mike and the kids had this weekend are nothing extraordinary and likely won;t be remembered as singularly spectacular, I think , together, lots of such moments offer a sense of general warmth.
It is my hope that through repeated times likes these, Luke and Nina will carry a sense of security and love with them far into their futures. For, sometimes, the best Time-Out, it seems, is a “Time In” – time in one another’s presence, doing just everyday things, with love and laughter. Praise God for such times!
Did you have such a time-in time-out this week? Was there something that happened in the past few days that truly helped you relax and simply enjoy the blessings of life and those around you? Please share in a comment about it below! And, if you want to be inspired by more folk’s Gratituesdays, go to Heavenly Homemakers for links.
Have a blessed day!
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