It's been a crazy week. Our daughter's shingles are much better, but she's not quite back to her normal self yet. I'm fighting off some sort of stomach bug. We're planning to celebrate our daughter's birthday this weekend (she turns 5 on Monday!), so I'm praying that we're all back to normal *very* quickly. I'm also just generally in a bit of a funk - I have a million and one things I need (and don't even get me started on the "want" list) to get done and am feeling overwhelmed and rather discouraged. Obviously nothing will be accomplished by my whining, and this isn't the sort of attitude that I want my kiddos to see, either, but I just can't seem to pull it together. I definitely need to be spending more time in prayer and in His Word... whatever state I may be in, my Savior is bigger than all of it, and already has the answers when I'm ready to listen. And I should add that I was richly blessed by a couple friends this week - I know that He is ministering to me through the caring actions of others.
Finally, I just want to say that it is COLD. It will be below freezing three nights in a row - a major event for South Texas. Part of me is laughing a bit, as "cold" is definitely a relative thing. During the news earlier this week, they were talking about the preparations being made around the area. They were speaking with several families about how they were planning to stay warm. They didn't have many warm clothes, and showed footage of one lady hanging a quilt on one wall in an effort to block the wind, all while wrapped in a towel. The houses didn't even have sheetrock, much less insulation. And my hubby came home from work last night, talking about how they expect less than half of the workers in the Mexico plant to show up today - schools are closed, and families are huddling together to stay warm. Neighbors are coming together, gathering in 1 house, and buying extra bags of charcoal so they can keep a small fire burning in some sort of metal container. Definitely a reminder of just how very blessed we are - I can keep my house warm by simply pressing the button on my thermostat. Not to mention that we have abundant clothing, food, etc. Are we being good stewards wtih those blessings?!