I have not been posting!   An obvious fact, but life has just seemed so busy lately!  Where to start… so last week my mother who is a gem, took both girls for two days so I spring-cleaned like crazy while the boys were in school.  The first day I think I cleaned for 11 hours straight… I went through everything in the boy’s room, their closet, all their drawers and sorted clothes and got all their summer clothes ready (summer, warm weather?  What on earth is that?)   And then I went through the girl’s drawers, my drawers and closets and cleaned out some kitchen drawers, tidied up the crawl space…whew… it makes me tired just to read that.     Then the next day I ran some errands and cleaned the floors and bathroom etc, and then we left to go get the girls.     When we got home from there I promptly came down with a ‘touch of pneumonia”.     I’m sure I didn’t get it from over-doing it… that would be crazy!    Thankfully the magical pills the dr prescribed started working right away and good thing too because when I walked in the house at noon with my prescription on Saturday Jason walked out and didn’t come back until after 6:00pm.   He’s not been home much which hasn’t been wonderful, but stuff has to get done and that’s just life.    Thankfully grandma came over to help the kids colour their easter eggs that afternoon.

This year I decided we should dye our easter eggs early so we could enjoy them for a week before Easter rather than a day before like I usually do.  This may have proved to be a mistake as Sarah figured that these eggs were toys and toted them around Sat and Sun, and I’m afraid that a few of them did not survive this.  Why didn’t I stop her?  Remember, I have pneumonia and Jason was not around.  If these are excellent excuses, I don’t know what are.   I also found egg shells under the desk where she had helped herself to an early easter snack of boiled egg – dyed I’m sure by the coloring from the shell.  What can I say about that?  Nothing.

And now we are dog-sitting this week.  Dog sitting Duke.

After just this one day (it’s like doggy-daycare, he comes at 7:00am and leaves at 4:30) I know now that we will NEVER own a dog.  Unless we move out to the country and get an OUTDOOR dog.   Not that Duke was terrible or anything, it was mostly the kids that drove me bonkers.  Sarah wouldn’t leave him alone, they were constantly asking to feed him more food, then he piddled in the house because I forgot to take him out and it really felt like having another kid around.  But still, he still is a nice dog, I’m glad to help out a friend, Sarah is in heaven and if my house smells like wet-dog next week we will all know why.  Actually it’s not Duke’s fault, it’s the lousy stinkin’ weather.

This is a picture from this morning…  our lovely Christmas Easter weather.   It is trying my patience but the girls were happy to play in it this morning.  (I was sitting in the nice warm cozy house watching through the window).

But through all of this I’ve been trying to concentrate on that verse from Philippians 4 verse 11-13 where Paul says…   “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”      I know I’m not near where Paul was, but it gives me a goal!   And praise the Lord that he does strengthen me which gets me through each day, and He is teaching me the secret of being content.

And you know what, tonight I actually am content.    Soon I will be back to 100%,   our doggy-daycare will have closed it doors, Jason will be done his sister’s basement and spring WILL COME… (it will come, won’t it?)  And I just pulled a chocolate cake out of the oven that we will be eating at our Women’s Bible Study in the morning, with or without the birthday girl.  I’m content!

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