Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

It's been over two weeks since my last gratitude post. A week ago from last Saturday I ended up in the emergency room with the worst headache of my life, (at least a ten on the pain level chart), fever, chills and relentless vomiting. At the ER they did C-T scans, etc., ( but never did test me for Covid-19), and pumped me full of IV fluids and anti-nausea and pain meds. They sent me home with pain never going below an eight, some anti-nausea meds and instructions to take over the counter pain reliever. By Sunday night I was worse than ever. After more phone calls and video chats with various doctors they concluded that I more than likely had viral meningitis caused by a former sinus issue or flu or even Covid-19. They came up with a "migraine cocktail" that made the pain bearable and I was told to recover at home. After seven days I finally began to feel somewhat better. 

My husband took such good care of me through it all, in spite of still needing to keep up with filming our church services and his other pastoral duties. I'm thankful for him! I'm also thankful for the many people who were praying for me! And, of course, I'm so very thankful to be on the mend. I've even been able to get outside for my walk the past two days. With that said, even in the midst of life's hard times, God always blesses me with so many things to give Him thanks for!

Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-God's provision
- finally getting antibiotics for this on again-off again sinus infection
-a walk outside in the fresh air
-a bouquet of foraged blooming branches
-hot water for a bubble bath
-Earl Grey Tea lattes 

-thank You, God that almost everyone in our church is still working
-homemade sourdoughs bread shared with a friend
-Zoom calls to stay connected

-tackling an organizing project while quarantined
-beauty in the middle of this messy coronavirus situation
-watching The Biggest Little Farm together

-oldest grandson's sweet texts
-a hummingbird flying right by me on my walk
-my oldest brother calling me

-Friday Date Day, quarantine style
-a soft serve DQ chocolate ice cream cone
-a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit

-our oldest son-in-law's birthday
-my husband taking me to the ER even thought he was supposed to be filming for tomorrow's church service
-thank God for Drs. and nurses!

-another great online church service
-my husband's care for me
-lots of prayers for me

-my family, our kids and grandkids, my siblings, all my church family and friends
 checking on me and praying for me
-trusting God
-friends bringing us dinner

-my husband making me a berry/yogurt smoothie-the only thing that has set well on my stomach for days
-so many texts and prayers
-beautiful spring weather

-miniature green clusters of future blooms on my viburnum
-meds that are finally helping me with headache pain
-watching The Passion of the Christ once again

-feeling like I'm finally on the mend
-this home God has given us

-backyard lilacs full of buds

-feeling well enough to put on real clothes!
-eating take out for lunch outside on our patio
-my husband buying the Magnolia Table 2 cookbook for me

-our youngest daughter's birthday

-the cottontail rabbit who hangs out in our backyard
-homemade stew

-Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! 
-a beautiful Sunday afternoon drive

-Easter dinner made for us by our middle daughter

still following,


  1. I am so sorry for your suffering-it sounds terrible. I thought sometime wasn't right when you did not do your Saturday post. It is wonderful that you are getting back to normal. Please take good care of yourself. And yes, in all things I most certainly can be thankful for many things. He is SO very very good.

    1. I am feeling so good now! Thank you for encouragement!

  2. I am sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well. Praise be to God that you are feeling better. I have been plagued by sinus issues for many years now. I’ve even had extensive sinus surgery. I had a terrible sinus infection in January after having a cold over New Year’s. It took two different antibiotics to finally clear it up. All that to say: I feel your pain. Peace to you.

    1. I pray for God's healing of all your sinus issues. It's so painful!

  3. So glad to read you are starting to feel better - and on the mend. Such a difficult time to be so sick and try to get treatment:( Praying that you continue to feel 100 percent each day!

  4. ,,, and through this. even this.
    you breathe gratitude to the One who
    loves you most. {{{hug}}}
    I've been praying and will continue.


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