Wednesday, September 3, 2014

the present moment // the sickies update

Thinking about // My boys. Linus had a mystery fever that revealed itself on Monday to be Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. And now, Bigfoot has followed suit. They are struggling through Hand Foot Mouth, which is just such a terrible virus! Linus was hit first with fever, which we at first chalked up to a random teething fever that would pass. Come Monday we saw little blisters presenting themselves on his little hands, feet, and mouth. Poor baby. The blisters are so uncomfortable and now with Bigfoot following closely in his little blistered footsteps we have shut down our little household for a few weeks of quarantine. 

HFM has rocked sleep for Linus these last few nights which has made dealing with fussiness during the day from the discomfort of this virus challenging for me. As I mentioned in my last post, my husband has been amazing, which has been so helpful. Coffee has been there for me too! *fist bump to my java* I've been better since Monday evening, but definitely did struggle that first evening of no sleep and the morning after that. Fortunately, they are still pretty stinking cute in between all the mess that the sickies bring about.

Admittedly, I was dreading waking up this morning because I know blisters are in Bigfoot's near future. But, thankfully, I woke up to something I have kept close to me all day. Gina over at Someday Saints commented on my last post sharing that in times of sick kiddos she relies heavily on Blessed Mother Teresa's prayers and example to get her through with more patience and love. Gina, thank you so much for that tidbit of mama wisdom! Since I read your comment I looked up some Blessed Mother Teresa wisdom and have been thinking about it ever since, keeping it close to my heart and praying it infiltrate my actions for the boys today.

I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?
-Blessed Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
-Blessed Mother Teresa

It is a beautiful experience to embrace our little ones in their sickness no matter how challenging it may be on us physically, mentally, or emotionally. At the end of the day, these little ones look to us for love and comfort. I've been focusing on just tending to my two little ones - because Lord knows I'd be in trouble if there were hundreds ;) - and trying to find the beauty in the snuggles, gift of modern medicine, and the gift of motherhood which sanctifies me daily.

Thankful for // So many things!

I'm thankful for the time we got to spend with family from San Antonio over the weekend. We were able to share our new home with them and enjoy so many fun new memories.

I'm thankful for my mom. Her birthday was a few days ago. Her birthday always reminds me of the gift I have in her. In her life. The life that she has lead and all the goodness she has always striven for. Thankful for the love that she shared with our little family growing up and the love that she continues to share with my little family. Thankful for another year of her wonderful self. Thankful.

Speaking of my mom, I'm thankful for her new work that will be bringing her up here for a little more than a day next week! Yay, us! And, again in a few more weeks time! So very thankful for that! 

Thankful for my husband and how amazing he has been since the boys have come down with this as well as in helping me get healing for my lower back problems. He's been so supportive and all things wonderful.

Thankful for Sister Kathleen. I got a letter from her last week. She shared that she has been improving and is beginning to walk again. Praise God! But, oh, how I miss her! 

Thankful for our home, our family, our friends. Thankful for community and support that I find through blogging. Thankful for my little life. 

Oh, and thankful for this fun buy from Francesca's over the weekend. I love it! It's so comfy, flowy, fun, and was on major sale (click on the image to go check it out!)! 

Mela Printed Maxi Skirt
Capsule worthy, Jenna?
Loving // Life at home. We were home the month of August and it was wonderful. We found a beautiful rhythm that seems to be working for us on the weekends. We've been able to tackle more home projects, organizational projects, and fun than we have in all our months living here combined. It's been nice having that consistency and it's been nice seeing our little home improvements come to fruition. 

I also am quite in love with my Mr. Handyman of a husband. Quite a lot in love with this man-side of him. 

Listening to // We've been enjoying the classical station on Pandora. Still keeping true to my Ella Fitzgerald station as well during mama chores too.

The boys continue to enjoy our Matt Mahar - Lord, I need you station on Youtube and I've enjoyed these two new video/songs a lot. You have to mix it up sometimes and dance a little and these two songs get me moving in a way that makes me smile. Haha, enjoy!

Cheers to Shaking off the sickies and having fun all about that bass dance parties while the boys nap!

Have any of your littles ever experienced Hand Foot Mouth before? What got you all through?

A Mama Collective
Linking-up with beautiful Jenna over at A Mama Collective for Currently.


  1. We had Hand, foot and mouth in early August. yuck. My son had it for 5 days. BLAH.
    The only thing that helped was the Doterra oils we used.

    Cheers to feeling better & adorable skirt!!!

    Stopping by from the link up.
    ~Becky with Choose Happy

    1. Oh, Becky! It's awful isn't it?! I didn't even think of using oils. I really need to look into them more. We only have a couple that we use on hand. Maybe it's time I expand our little oil collection. Thank you for stopping by! Love having you here :)


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