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.
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
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.
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.