So, I had fun plans for today. I was going to get up a little early and make sure that our kids had all their stuff ready for their Valentine’s Day parties. Christian got off easy with bringing in a bag of candy, but Ellee and I had worked diligently on making some fun sticker packs for her friends since her school has a no food policy. Then, I was going to meet up with my friend Erika for my favorite gym class of the week. It’s one of those where you get sweat in your eyes since you’re working so hard. I love those kinds. And after that, some friends had invited me out to lunch which would have been lovely on this very chilly day.
However, all of my plans changed when this sweet princess got sick last night.
When our kids tell me they don’t feel well, I try to use my mom psychology on them by telling them they are just fine. And I’d have to say that 75% of the time it works beautifully. Probably because 75% of the time, they are just fine. But this wasn’t one of those times. I definitely felt so bad for her when I realized just how badly she was feeling. She was most upset by missing school today, because with it being the day before Valentine’s day, you know it was going to be one of those really fun ones. Thankfully, the thought of curling up and resting and watching shows seemed to be a good enough consolation prize for her tears to stop.
So, I sent out texts and calls and cancelled my plans for the day. And it’s kind of okay. Because I’m home, safe and warm with this sweet girl all day.
And thank God, she is feeling much better today than she did last night.
She’s got her water and some dry Cheerios to keep her happy for now. She’s watching Veggie Tales on Netflix and I’m praying that she will be completely on the mend.
Sometimes we make our plans. Okay, so mostly we make our plans. But when they change, it’s okay. Sometimes it doesn’t feel okay, because we think we know what is best. But whether it’s little things like a sick day, or bigger things that will inevitably change as well, I know that I want to just keep trusting God, who sees the huge picture of life. My favorite Francis Chan quote of all time reminds me of this:
“God created the universe. And God has a Plan.
You might have a plan. But you don’t have a universe.”
Makes me smile every time. So here’s to plans and universes. And to sick days and to our sweet girl who at this point is thankfully is feeling much better.