Friday, January 7, 2011

Week in review

Monday - My daughter gave one of her first solo Family Home Evening lessons. She planned the lesson and gave assignments for scripture, prayers, song, and treat. The lesson topic she chose was preparing to go on a mission. It was a commendable effort, but next time I think she'll read the scriptures she has chosen before she asks others to read them mid-lesson. I had great difficulty not showing my amusement when my husband was given the assignment to read 1 Nephi 22:13. But the lesson did afford some really good discussion.

Tuesday - Had a very early morning/late Monday night picking up a good friend's son from the airport. Just FYI - if traffic is bad getting to the airport, try around 1am, it is much better then. 

Wednesday - Not a fun day. We had Rebecca's first, and Joseph's second Cystic Fibrosis clinic. I need to keep remembering that we are very very blessed that they are so healthy. We get to find out in a couple of weeks that our two other children do not have CF (hopefully). I am so grateful that my sister was able to take my 4 year old so he didn't have to sit through a 4 hour appointment. I am also grateful that Joseph's lung test actually came out better this year than last. Now, if we wouldn't have had to go and get their blood drawn for their annual labs, the day might not have been so hard - but the technician had great difficulty in drawing Rebecca's blood. Pediatric phlebotomist is definitely NOT on my wish list of occupations. Ever. 4 pokes, two arms, and one blown vein later, all but two of the vials they needed were finally filled and the tech. called it quits. Rebecca recovered pretty quickly, her mommy, not so much.

Thursday - Sang with our church choir again after a couple weeks break. It was amazing. I can't wait until my sister can rejoin the choir and we can share the experience again.

Friday - ah, today. What can I say about today, but that I feel blessed that we have been kept safe and healthy through another week. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned and the prayers that have been answered. This week I have learned that I need to allow that Joseph and Rebecca having Cystic Fibrosis is a reality that I can not wish away. I need to accept it for what it is and what it means for our family, be grateful that it is not what so many others with this disease have to deal with, and then move on and keep my emotions in check. It does no good to get emotional. My kids need me to show them through my example that this is no big deal, or at least, that with God, it doesn't have to be. 

When the technician asked me what the kids were getting blood drawn for and I told her CF, she looked me in the eye and told me God gave strong parents to these kids. I hope she's right.


  1. You're doing super, Kerri!! Love you:)

  2. You handle all that your children go through with an amazing amount of grace. You are a terrific mommy! :)

  3. Thanks Erin. And thanks Venessa - but I have the grace of a walrus. =P