Actually more like two or three weeks! But God is good. I can't start this post otherwise. My heart is filled with thankfulness, even though the circumstances are not ideal. But the more we deal with, but more chance we have to experience His peace, His grace, His love and His care. That gives me hope and strength to deal with everything that comes my way and I am looking forward to all the challenges!
I wish I had time to chornicle some of the things daily on this blog, but unfortunately I have been too busy, so I am only going to catch up quickly before I run after my responsibilities. I have been challenged the last few weeks to learn not to depend a lot on my machines, LOL. One after one started breaking down. Some are being repaired, others work partially, some we are thinking about getting rid of. Praise God, our old dishwasher works again - the problem was just a tiny thing: a mouse made a nest inside it and ate up some insulation! Oh, the mouse - we caught it, but not before she created a mess everywhere and gave me double housework to clean up after her! I hope it was just one. The trap is still up and didn't catch another one. It seems we can't go one fall without mice. In the 8 years we are back from the US, we had mice every single fall - one fall I caught 13 of them!!!!!! Hopefully this is the only one this fall.
I am currently without a dryer and can't figure out how to dry my clothes, since it's cold and damp outside and inside the clothes are not drying fast enough on drying racks. With 8 members of the family, there is quite a bit of laundry. But hopefully this will be solved somehow soon. My oven door doesn't shut properly and it's kind of dangerous to bake in it, but we are working on a solution. But it's just things, right? I am much more concerned with the health of our children. The younger 3 have been coughing for almost two weeks now. I took them to the doctor several times, but no medication other then steroids for the nebulizer were given. I have been rubbing their chests with Vaporub and doing whathever I can, but things are not much better. They never had any fever or other signs of infection, so no antibiotics were given. The older two are a bit better, but the baby has a hard time. Last two nights were kind of hard on both of us (baby and mom) and yesterday she was given a steroid shot. On Monday we are supposed to do some bloodwork to see what's going on. She is also teething, but the worst part is that she has been hardly eating because of her respiratory problems and with her small weight it's showing right away. We are going on Wednesday for a regular checkup to the hospital, so I hope they are not going to give us a hard time because of her almost non-existent weight gain the last three weeks =(.
On a nice note, I was able to speak the whole day last Sunday on a Women's Conference on God's peace. Talk about putting theory into practice this month! At the moment all I am praying about the children's health and God's peace in my heart. I am so much behind on my duties, but somehow I am going to catch up.... one day!
Before I go, here is a shot of our children having fun with some bubbles we got in a package from the US. I have never heard of bubbles that you can catch! We also got some other treasures like Oreos, chocolate chips, crafts supplies and PJ's for our baby. We are so thankful for great friends.