Today. Hmm. I don’t know exactly what to think about today.
I had to say good-bye to a dear family today. Seriously, I don’t like this part of my life. This past week has been a whirlwind of craziness for the R family but, with the help of several friends and some seriously hard work on their part, they got orders, packed a 4 story house, and got on a plane, all within 5 days. The timeframe was insane, but they managed. I am VERY grateful for a friend who watched all four of my boys for a few hours so that Matt and I could drop of friends in both cars to the airport. It will be hard to go to chapel tomorrow and know they’re not leading a Bible Study or brewing coffee for our after-service coffee bar.
When I first woke up this morning (at 9:30, to be exact) I saw that I had missed a text from Aimee and I knew that it was probably bad news. Her little one had shown pretty obvious symptoms of a stomach virus the night before, but during the night, things had gotten pretty bad.
With her symptoms, I agreed with her decision to take Kayla to the ER. I prepared her for them to put an IV in to alleviate dehydration, assuring her that Kayla would feel much better as a result. (I’ll never forget the relief I got from an IV when I was severely dehydrated as a result of a stomach bug during my pregnancy with Parker. LOVED ME some IV!) Of course, Aimee had already prepared herself for that probability, but I wanted to offer what comfort I could… knowing how much better I felt afterwards I know that, should I ever have to see my child get one put in, I would know the relief would be worth it.
After I dropped the R family off at the airport I headed straight for the hospital. First I saw Baby E who was born 6 weeks early. He’s cute and FAT for a premie! I then headed across the hall to Kayla’s room and she ate for me. Almost a whole yogurt cup!! She took a good long nap on her mommy while we talked, finally catching up after what has been a crazy week for both of us. After a few hours I said my good-byes to them and headed home to cook “Soy-Honey Chicken.” (I need to perfect this recipe before I post it. I also want a cooler name.)
Matt and I had company coming for dinner and they taught us a new card game: Golf. I lost horribly but it was still a good evening. (They brought Lemon cake… oh. my… so good!)
As far as journal entries go, this one is mostly a “what happened today” kind of thing. That’s okay with me… all three of these events touched me deeply: saying good-bye; seeing Kayla in the hospital; and meeting new friends. It was a day in my life.