When you are in a bind, you call your person. When your heart is broken, you call your person. When you want to celebrate, you call your person. Today I realised that there is one person who has always been there for me to call. The person who will always be there, who speaks with such a small voice that she is often ignored. The person I should be listening to the most. That person is me. That voice is my intuition. Because if your first person singular is not a quality person, you life choices and circumstances will reflect this.
So, today I am serenading my spirit. I am elevating my intuition. I am thanking myself for years of unrecognised service in making smart choices, wise moves, in delivering those pull-up-your-socks pep talks and the oh-honey-dont-die lectures; in attracting some of the world’s best people into my life - the most dependable siblings, the finest friends. I am acknowledging the mind, body, and spirit that has served me for years and years.
Thank you Thembe, and well done God. 🙏🏽
Day Sixteen - Health
Let’s be honest here...life is exhausting and self care has always been at the bottom of my list of things to do. Even though this year has found me more tired than ever, I’ve been determined to take better care of myself. Enter: naptime. For the first time in my life, if I’m tired, I sleep. Life is so much better when you’ve got the energy to enjoy it!
Last night I tucked my phone away and cooked a full fledged dinner, with a hope in my heart that perhaps we’d all manage to be home at the same time to enjoy it. I listened to boys talking trash on the basketball court. Girls debating which American Girl doll they liked the most, and outfitted another for soccer practice. I kept track of a toddling toddler and chatted with friends as they came in and out, slowly the afternoon light dipped into the sky. These are the days & they don’t happen on my phone. Committing to tucking it away more often so I can create and capture more of these moments in my home, because the truth is, this is right where I want to be. Whose with me?
You know what’s weird? This scenario is exactly why we started this company. So when we saw this pic by @melissamarshallx we were so stoked and showed everyone to prove that grown up pool parties are the GD ticket. But then we got so caught up in IRL bragging we forgot to actually post it. Whoops.
I tried a cute rug in this walkway and that lasted about an hour.
These floors were made for anything on wheels + very loud games of hockey. But only when I’m sitting down to work on some project, of course 😂
Boys are so loud but hey, nap time is sweeter 😉 #itsbasicallyspahour#edenathomeparttwo
Day Fourteen - An Animal
As a general rule, every animal that shacks up at The Jenkins Joint must be able to pull their own weight and contribute to our family.
The horses (the old gray man, Sam and my yellow Sonny horse) are worth their weights in gold as they allow us to hunt areas we’d never get to on foot. They also pack what we harvest back out.
Each of our crazy dogs has a specific job as well. Max (the Australian Shepard) is our three and a half legged security guard. If you pull in our driveway and he doesn’t know you, you definitely won’t be getting out of your truck. Tucker (the red heeler) is our alarm system...if it moves and shouldn’t, he’ll let the entire world know all about it. Gus Gus (the yellow lab) serves as both our bird dog and our son’s first best friend. He’s a bit of an idiot, but he’s our idiot.
The cats are responsible for rodent control. Technically, I have a ten cat limit but I avoid it by claiming that we can’t count the kittens...I’m such a crazy cat lady! 🤦🏼♀️ Mama Oatmeal is our manx matriarch (seriously...check out her paws in the last pic) and definitely rules the roost with ALL the animals.
This picture is from last weekend. Vilja playing around at home. In her beautiful dress from @christinarohde_ . I just want to thank you all again. So sweet of you commenting here and also in private. I read every single message and I will soon get back to all of you. It really touched me and also Vilja so many thinking of us. She is doing better today. I’m kind of surprised how good she is handling all this hospitalization these past six months. I thought there would be some kind of reaction however she is so calm and patient about it all. I’m really thankful for that and also really proud because I know how much work I as a mother put into making this bearable for her and see her like this just prove me right. Remember the power of being a mother. You are always a reflection of your child. Be a role model and remember to honor that 🖤
Today has been such a good day. One of the best in a really long time. Viljas levels is finally cleared by the hospital so now we can feel a bit more free until next check up this Thursday. It has been some hard months and a lot of things has changed. There has been a lot of worries and unanswered questions. Anyhow things are clearing a bit and we are enjoying days together. I’ve been thinking a lot about my last exam and upcoming time at my study. Today that also settle just fine. I got such a good grade and I really didn’t thought that would happen. I also found out that I can be cleared from some of my absence also in advance. It made this day all better even though she did everything else than eat this morning when I snapped this photo. I think we are so ready to enjoy this Weekend. Have a happy one 🖤
Eighteen days of treatment.
Finally we have a break at home with two whole days without the hospital. Vilja is stopping with the IV treatment so her body can have a break. I hope so naive that her body magically will make it better without having the strong treatment but I also know that magic isn’t real and sometimes things in life isn’t fixable that way. But now a little break and back to reality, back to starting all over at school again.
You are the strongest one I know,
my sunshine, my beautiful daughter. 🌞