This past week has been extremely challenging. Monday night, it all started as Rachel was unusually whiny and couldn't seem to be pleased and I finally decided to put her to bed. As I took her into the bathroom to brush her teeth - she lost her dinner. Oh. That would be why she was whiny - she obviously did not feel good.
After Rachel got over her 24 hour bug, Emily got it and had nothing to eat or drink for over 48 hours. After a trip to the dr. and me starting to feel icky - she started to drink and eat that afternoon.
Samuel was a trooper continuing to be his happy, content and easy-to-please self during this entire ordeal. I am amazed at him and could stand to learn a lot from his patience and easy going attitude.
Sunday morning, I started feeling bad again - stomach cramps and just couldn't get out of bed. David took the girls to go check on his dad who also wasn't feeling well. Oh my.
When he came home, he had this:
I was surprised!!! We had talked about getting a laptop for me to use, but I had no idea it would be today! It was a very fun and generous surprise from him.
Initially, I felt overwhelmed - a laptop is certainly not something I NEED, though I know it is something I will enjoy and I know it will be a blessing to us. I came to the realization that I should accept this generous gift and thank David for it (which I did) and take good care of it (which I will) and commit it to God's use to please, glorify and honor Him.
Call me crazy - but I just had it in my mind that I wanted to name her (yes, it is a girl!) and the name that kept coming to mind was Annabelle. I looked up what it meant and saw that Annabelle means grace and favor. Mmm, yes that feels right.
"...thank you for your grace and favor..." a snip of a hymn wafted through my mind that evening while I fixed a meager meal for our under-the-weather family.
I want to publicly thank my sweet hubby for this thoughtful and generous gift! Thank you for being my own personal tech-support! Yes, I love this gift - but I am even more thankful for YOU!
I also want to publicly dedicate the use of this laptop to God's kingdom. Lord, let this be an instrument of Your grace and glory. Let me use it in a way that pleases You!
"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." ~ Psalm 19:14