Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Our Merry Christmas

This picture is from "our" family Christmas Saturday morning, which we did in anticipation of leaving town Monday.

As I sit here and type this I want to think we are not having a very, Merry Christmas. Our Christmas plans have changed quite a bit in the past few days due to lots of sickness in our family. From my nephew battling RSV/pneumonia, to ear infections, sinus infections, and stomach virus'. So as we have changed the plans several times of when we were actually leaving town, I accepted that it was ok and this is just what we have to do. Though still wondering why the past 2 Christmas' we battled sickness all the same.....remember last year?!
Then yesterday I started running a fever of 102, and went to the doctor to discover I have strep throat! I don't think I've ever had strep throat! So now, since today my family was to some degree actually getting to celebrate together, we are still unable to leave town since I'm still contagious until I'm fever free for 24 hours. Sigh.
As I was able to sleep most of the morning today, and still no fever, just a really sore throat, I just read that a friend of mine was having some sickness in her family as well. She entitled them her "man plans." And had this verse with it....

The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs His steps.
Proverbs 16:9

So I thank her for also giving me perspective, about my "man plans" as well. I too needed to remember that it's ok, as she said, that the toys and chaos multiply all around me. And that our God is still the God He says He is amongst all the travel changes, family visits, sicknesses, and that we still are so blessed, thankful and need to see the privilege it is to be able to celebrate the birth of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus!

"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders,
And He will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting God,
Prince of Peace!"
Isaiah 9:6


  1. AMEN! So grateful for all our family and our precious little ones. Hope you feel better soon. Will come to you if needed to help!
    Love you.

  2. Oh Erica! I'm saying a prayer for you right now!!