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Daniel, Sarah, and Kaius Gaddis on a Holy in the Daily post

What to Do When Life Throws You a Curve

Daniel, Sarah, and Kaius Gaddis on a Holy in the Daily post
Daniel, Sarah, and Kaius Gaddis

What do you do when life throws you a curve? Cry? Yell? Or adapt?

Our son, Daniel, and his wife, Sarah, live with us, and their first child is due the end of this month. Therefore, we scheduled new carpet to go down yesterday in their two rooms, my storage room (all in the old garage area), and in a back bedroom.

The carpet is a gift, and we’re very excited about it.

Saturday we began organizing all the accumulated stuff that was going to be moved, but Sarah surprised us by going into labor. Kaius was born on Sunday morning. Two weeks early.

when life throws you a curve with an unexpected baby
Aunt Kati with baby Kaius

Quick side note of important Kaius information

  • 7 lbs., 6 oz.
  • 19 1/2 inches long
  • lots of black hair
  • sleeps a lot
  • is very attached to his grandma

Gaddis stuff piled up for carpet day for when life throws you a curve

After being up most of the night and missing church, I helped direct a great group of men and women move everything out of the to-be-carpeted rooms and placed in our dining room, living room, study, and bedroom.

Monday I frantically cleaned the guest room, bathroom, and organized baby stuff in the guest room for the new family.

Tuesday I skipped work to keep cleaning and organizing, but forgot to cancel two counseling appointments. *blank stare* Tom painted the big room, and the kids arrived home from the hospital.

Through it all I’ve wiggled between piles of stuff to cook meals and have grabbed a few hours for baby time. I even made it to an appointment with some young moms yesterday to teach on How to Pray For Your Kids.

I’m exhausted.

Tonight folks are showing up with dinner, a truck for hauling junk off to the dump, and helping hands to put all four rooms back together on the new carpet.

When life throws you a curve

  • I have changed somewhere over the past five years. I didn’t get crabby or frustrated in the midst of all the stress. This is encouraging.
  • Go with the flow and enjoy the adventure.
  • I’ve always known that people love to help when you ask for it, but it increases participation if there is a cute, new baby in the mix.
  • I really love my family and friends!
  • Sometimes you can paint your days like a Norman Rockwell painting, but they end up looking like Pablo Picasso took over. And it’s wonderful.

Your turn: What have you learned when life throws you a curve?

Blessings on your weekend. I’m headed off for a nap, Susan

“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know, all of your friends would be nice.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Mindy Meade

    I’ve been thrown lots of curve balls. The biggest ones are the truest blessing though. When they’re smaller I tend to stop, reassess, throw my hands up, roll up my sleeves and then dig in. 🙂

    I’m so happy everyone is doing well.

    1. Susan

      Thanks, Mindy. We are doing well.

      I can relate to the progression you mentioned: stop, reassess, throw hands up, roll up sleeves, and dig in. You speak as one who has had experience with all kinds of curves. Your advice reveals your attitude, and I like it. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope I grow up to be just like you. 🙂

  2. Lisa W

    Oh, goodness, Susan! I am so sorry you felt obligated to still come and speak when you had so much going on these last few days. We TOTALLY could have rescheduled! Oh, well, water under the bridge now. We do truly appreciate you coming. Many moms shared with me how touched they were by your topic.

    CONGRATULATIONS! and I am so happy to hear you took the time to bond with your newest little blessing. Truly precious times.

  3. Susan

    I didn’t feel obligated, Lisa. It was a real nice break from everything going on at my house. I so enjoyed my time with the moms. What a wonderful group you have!

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