I hate titles. Now that I've said that, I can move on.
I have been feeling sick since Wednesday. While we were camping on our Fall break, Drew was sick for a full two days. He never got physically sick, but he felt rotten. On the following Monday, Jonah woke up vomiting. On the next day, Noah woke up in the same way. The following day our neighbor's nephew Myles had it. Then Graham, then Katie, my sweet neighbor, and now me. Everybody is back to normal except moi.
I'm getting better, but I'm still not quite back to normal. Hmm. Maybe I'm never not quite normal. I'm sure my sisters could all attest to this. Anyway, I'm ready for whatever this is to go far, far away. Because of this...whatever it is...I haven't done much of anything today. I folded one load of laundry, finished a book and got halfway through another one.
I got a happy in the mail! A few years back, I got an email from a Christian publishing company to blog for books. What this means is they send me a book (for FREE!!!), I read it, then write a "review" about it on my blog. About a month ago, they sent me another email and I finally replied to it. I then filled out a questionnaire asking me what books I liked, and what genre. Anyway, how awesome is that? I can't wait to read it...it's my first Christmas book of the year! As much as I love Christmas, I don't decorate or start reading those books until after Thanksgiving. Or maybe the day of Thanksgiving. ;)
Have I mentioned my pet peeves of Facebook? Am I the only person with pet peeves with this social networking sight?! If I'm not, please share the love with me and reassure me! Lately, my pet peeves are political garbage and today it's the bashing of Alabama. (ROLL flippin' TIDE.) Thanks to my husband, I also do NOT love trash talking. Yes, I realize I'm now talking about our team on here, but this is not Facebook. Hundreds of people do not read my blog.
After tonight's game, I might be tempted to do just a teensy tiny amount of that, though. Maybe I should pray!
I call myself a football fan by marriage. I love the thought of football, and the Fall season that it's played in, all the noise, the cheering...I just don't understand all of it. Some of it, yes. All of it? No. I think my husband gets irritated if I talk too much during a game. Especially during a game like tonight.
Hence the blogging. I feel the need to talk to somebody! It's just he and I inside right now. Graham and Drew went to the haunted trail here in The Ville with a friend of Drew's, and Jonah and Noah are playing outside. And have been all day.
Other things that have gone on today...hmmm...well, my hubby vacuumed for me. He also cleaned off all the lamp shades and dried floral arrangements. And in a moment of getting onto the boys for not taking responsibility for cleaning up a mess, he reduced me to a puddle of tears. He fiercely defended me to our boys, and for that, I am so grateful. Not many men stand up for their wives when it comes to kids helping out around the house, but he did. He recognized and made them know how full my plate is right now (especially since I've not been feeling well all week), and how much I would appreciate them picking up the slack. It made me cry.
After his pep talk, all the trash cans got emptied, my floors got vacuumed and my kitchen got cleaned.
Is that not the sweetest thing ever? Please don't get me wrong. All of the things I just listed, I do not mind doing. I've always felt that part of my duty as a wife is to do those things. However, it's nice to have help. And today was a little bit of an eye opener for me. And for them, I think. Sometimes it's good to let your kids know that you're not Super Mom.
Let me encourage you to show your husband the gratitude he deserves for being the main provider for your family. I was reading in a little book about marriage yesterday, about showing your husband respect. Not saying, "Honey, I respect you", but SHOWING him the respect he deserves.
Did you know that is THE most important thing a man needs??? It is. Our marriage hasn't always been wonderful, but God has been showing me some things this year. Through the power of prayer and through the reading of His word, Todd and I are closer than we've ever been. (The book I was reading was a "coffee table" version of Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, in case you are interested.)
Check it out...there is loads of good stuff in there.
Well, I'm going to go cheer on our team with my favorite man. Love to all.
And ROLL TIDE ROLL!