I am stunned to see that it has been nearly a week since I have posted anything. The days are passing in a blur; I am simply marking time until I feel better. Cleaning the kitchen counter, processing a single load of laundry, preparing a meal seem to be, for now, Herculean tasks for someone who once multitasked with ease.
I have found myself wondering of late if Mary felt sick during her pregnancy. It is clear in the book of Genesis that pain during childbirth is a direct result of original sin. Since Mary was free of original sin, did she suffer the pains of labor, the nausea of early pregnancy, the varicose veins and sciatic pain? I hope, for her sake, that she did not. She had enough to deal with simply knowing that she was carrying the Christ child. Can you imagine? And I worry about eating enough vegetables!
Anyway, this blurry week has been full of the delightful diversion of friends and family. This past weekend we had 14 people in our house overnight, even more during daytime, and I couldn't have been happier. Although I mostly observed the goings on from my perma-post on the couch, I watched with pleasure while many of the people I love the most interacted with each other, prepared and enjoyed good food, swam (and swam and swam) and even folded my laundry (this was quite a bonus for me as you can imagine!).
Our good friends and former neighbors were in town to visit and it was a wonderful excuse to bring everyone within driving distance together for a reunion of sorts on the occasion of their son's 7th birthday. At one point we had the godparents of 3 of our 5 children in the same room, which generally only happens at baptisms. We are so very blessed with friends and family nearby (and not so nearby, sniff-sniff).
Here's to good friends and family that love and support you even when you are a pathetic, complaining couch lump (for the 6th time in 9 years, I might add). I love and appreciate you all so very much, both those who were here with us this weekend and those who we spoke lovingly of in their absence.