Thank you all for your prayers for my mom. After three days in the hospital, she was released. She's on medication and she can still take her chemo drugs. That was my biggest fear. One of her chemo drugs can affect the heart and I was so afraid they would discontinue the medication. The medication she's on (Tykerb) was made specifically for the type of cancer she has and she has a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Knowing she's on this medication is a great comfort. It was very, very hard being so far away from both of them and having my 70 year old father have to deal with this all on his own. My mom became very agitated at certain points (very unusual for her) and there was a scare that she had a hole in her heart (it was a shadow on the echocardiogram).
We tried to make the best of the trip even though the whole point was to all be together for the holidays. My sis and I had lots of time to talk and hang out and make healthy food. She's recently became a vegan so it was very complimentary to the anti-inflammatory diet. On top of everything, my niece was sick the whole time we were there so we didn't go anywhere except to church twice. I almost forgot about the Holy Day in the midst of worry!
Preparing for the trip took much of my weekends leading up to it so I'm not very well prepared for Christmas which we are hosting. Then, there's always work and the busy-ness in a school leading up to break. We've done lots of crafts, Polar Express Day, dipping Oreos in chocolate (VERY anti-inflammatory-HA), secret santa, a holiday breakfast, and two big projects AJ had due for school. The house isn't all the way decorated or straightened or cleaned. AJ threw up today all over the living room. At least that floor is clean now! And, the gifts aren't all shopped for or wrapped. Thank goodness we have a small house and a small family. It makes decorating and shopping a bit easier. I kind of just took the day off yesterday and did basically nothing. I'm not sure if it was laziness creeping in or if I was giving my body some rest in the midst of the season. Probably a little of both.
This post is all over the place. Basically, I'm writing it so I can find comfort in all that's been done already, find fortitude for what's left to do, and keep the real reason for the season in the forefront of our preparations.
While I work, I'm going to light a candle and put on Jeff Cavins Great Adventure Bible Study CDs. I have the 8 week series and it's perfect to listen to at Christmas because it builds up to Christ's birth.
All my work and worry is offered up for my dear prayer buddy.
Dear Jesus, help me remember that when I prepare for our guests, I am preparing for you to enter our home. When I cook the food, it is to feed you. When I clean and decorate it's so you have a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the love of a family. And that the greatest gift I can give my family is a still, peaceful, gentle heart so that I may reflect God's love.
God Bless you, my friends!