Good gracious, I spoke too soon last week when I said that we ended with only one child throwing up. It has been a week of weeks I tell ya. Last Monday was Em, then Els and Lij on Thursday, then a little boy I watch part-time on Friday. Oh how I was glad for the week to end. The twins don't ususally get this kind of a bug. Living your first three years in Liberia tends to give you an iron stomach where some things are concerned.
Towards the end of the week Steve reinjured his shoulder and has been in the most pain I have ever seen him in. Trips to urgent care as well as to the doctor and nothing has helped. He has been in a sling since Thursday night and so when I was hit with digestive pain Saturday morning like no other it was an intersting experience around here.
We have great kids and they kicked into gear. The older ones helped the younger ones get breakfast, get ready for the day and they entertained each other. By late afternoon Steve was feeling some better so he decided what I and the rest of the family needed for dinner was homemade chicken and rice soup with rolls. So wearing his sling it is literal when I say that "single-handedly" he got a healthy, awesome tasting dinner pulled together. Ba.dump.bump.
I did give him ingredients and measurements from the living room for the bread and the twins cut up veggies for the soup but the man amazes me. He believes that a man should provide for his family. He could have driven to a fast food place and bought dinner, which we had done for lunch in all honesty, but to him providing means more than only bringing home a paycheck. Sometimes it also means that when your wife is laid up, even though in pain himself, that he gets up and makes a healthy dinner for his family. And did it taste good. It was exactly what I needed. Good bone broth to soothe my insides. I love that man.
We are slowly on the mend. Steve heads to the chiropractor today while we will school and continue to get stronger. Last night I felt good enough that I was able to spend a few hours with some homeschooling moms from church. What a fantastic time that was. I learned a few things from some seasoned moms and had a lot of laughs. What a great way to start the week.