Thursday, March 26, 2009

I'm still here!


I'm just busy! Taking care of the boy (Jaylon), who is a delight! I laid him on our bed late yesterday afternoon while I was getting ready for church (yes, I try to look ahead and get done what I can when I can. *grin*)
Anywayyyy....I was leaning over Jaylon just talking to him and he was kicking his legs crazily and trying to talk back to while smiling and making little facial contortions the whole time, and the tears just came.....I couldn't stop them. Oh, they were happy tears! Thankful tears......the Lord has been so good to us. Thankfulness just welled up in my heart and as I bent over little Jaylon I thanked the Lord for all of His goodness, faithfulness, and steadfastness in our lives.
And then joy just filled my heart, for though I grow weary at times and the world outside my window is so unstable from one day to the next and I don't know what tomorrow holds or even the next minute, I know the One who holds the future. I can trust in Him to see me through, to sustain me as only He can do.
Ed was carrying Jaylon into the bedroom for me and slowly lifted Jaylon up into the air kind of like Mufasa holding up Simba in the Lion King? *smile* And I started singing.."It's the circle....the circle of life....." We had a wonderful laugh and Jaylon smiled and gurgled. He loooooves music!
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Erin's birthday was yesterday but because it was a church night, we are having them here for dinner tonight. She has requested dutch potatoes and shake n' bake chicken, so that's a pretty easy order! And we'll have cake, of course! *smile*
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Well, I am going to close this and go get a few things done before the boy wakes up. Oh, but first let me say......I call little Jaylon "the boy" sometimes and one of my friends said...oh, you shouldn't call him boy....but it just seems so natural.....it is my little nickname for him. I don't call him "boy" directly, just when I'm speaking to others about him, sometimes.
Oh, and it just starting raining again and I love the sound of it on our new metal roofing. It hasn't rained here in so long. It has been so dry and there has been a restricted burn order in place for some time. So, I am thankful for the rain, though my heart AND prayers are with the people in North Dakota. They are being inundated with snow, rain and frigid temperatures.
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Okay, I'm on a roll here, so I'll go ahead and post a few more snippets of things! *smile*
I had lunch with my nephew, Troy, Tuesday. He calls himself "my favorite" and he is but I hesitate to say that too much because I do love all of my precious nieces and nephews and don't want to be accused of being partial but Troy and I have had a very close bond all of his life.
Anywayyyyy......we had a very pleasant lunch at LJ's and caught up on what's been going on in our lives. He took a voluntary severance package from his job of 15 years at Discover Card (he had a great job, benefits and so on) and enrolled in nursing school fulltime! He is doing really well in all of his classes, though he said it is very stressful going back to school fulltime. He has two sons from his previous marriage and is very involved in their lives on a daily basis, taking them to school, picking them up, going to sports activities they are involved in, so he does have alot on his plate.
He had not seen me since I've been able to walk on my own! We last saw eachother at the family Christmas get-together, though we stay in touch through MySpace, Facebook and phone calls. Soooo, since he was already seated when I arrived at the restaurant, I got back up and did a little sashay *sp* down the aisle and back! *grin* He could hardly believe it! *smile
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Now, I don't know if I've blogged about this before (and I don't have time to check *feeble grin*) but somewhere along the line I had this idea that once I got my hips replaced and that pain was gone, I would get all of this vim and vigor and youthful vitality back! Yeah!!!!! No more aches and pains! I'll have a new body! A new lease on life!
It ain't happenin'.......what's going on? *feeble grin*
I mean, my body aches, never taking the time to give me an advance notice of where the aches are gonna show up for the day.
And weariness has become my faithful companion. Except for a few minutes after I have my morning coffee and poptart! (I'm attributing that to a short burst of caffeine and sugar-induced energy.)
I know that taking care of a little for almost 12 hours a day at my age (57) might have something to do with it. And the fact that I need to lose some weight. And the fact that some degree of arthritis has taken up residence in various parts of my body.
But, all-in-all, I truly can't complain. I no longer take medicine for any thing. Just an occasional tylenol for pain, though something a little stronger sure does sound good some days. But then I remember the pain I used to deal with and I am so thankful to be where I am today and I can't complain at all. God has been so good to me!
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So what do you do? Ed and I are talking of going away for a couple of days this weekend but that would mean spending the night somewhere and we just don't sleep well away from home. So that means we would be more tired when we got home than if we had stayed home in the first place but we would enjoy getting away and seeing some sights, eating out, and so on. But is it worth losing the sleep and rest? At our age, we struggle with this! *smile* We do! Does anyone else? I know I must sound like such a whiner! LOL
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Okay, I'm done. I hafta to get off of here and get my day started! Jaylon is really sleeping in this morning. He's usually awake when he gets here at 6:30am but he's still snoozing away! (why else would I be here posting? *smile*)
Have a great day everyone!!!
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P.S. (are there P.S.'s in blogging)
I fixed Mexican Crockpot Chicken for dinner Sunday and it was delish!!! I got the recipe from Mrs. Nurseboy, HERE! I put it in the crockpot Saturday night when we went to bed and it was ready the next morning. I need to use my crockpot more! The only thing I did differently was to not mix the sour cream in at the end. We dished out the chicken and sauce and then put the sour cream on top. Well, I did, because Ed does not care for sour cream. It is easy, convenient and yummy!! Served over rice!

6 comments:

Theresa said...

I'm planning on trying the Mexican Crockpot Chicken for dinner next Weds., only I'm going to serve it with warm tortillas, cheese, shredded lettuce, and sour cream. (Chicken burritos, anyone???)

BTW, Jewel, part of your constant tiredness may be because your body is still trying to get rid of all of the pain meds and anesthesia. According to most anesthesiolgists, it can take your body up to 6 months to completely overcome the effects. (And you had it twice in a relatively short period of time.)

Denise said...

Jaylon just keeps getting cuter. He is so blessed to have you in his life. The mexican crockpot chicken sounds very good.

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

We still refer to our oldest grandson as "The Boy".
To answer your question about P.S. on blog posts, I sure hope so. Prior to reading your post, I finished the one I was working on, and put a P.S. in it. I cracked up when I read that on your blog.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

Thanks for the link! I'm glad you enjoyed it. That is a simple and versitle recipe. And, yummy!

I love the story about the tears pouring out in the moment. I do that so often that I think people must think I am crazy. But, the world, as a whole, is so unhappy. When we stop and count our blessings, our lives are amazing! And, children have a way or humbling us and helping us see these little miracles in our lives!

;0)

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Barbara H. said...

I really struggle with going places. It tales so much energy to pack up and prepare and then unpack afterward.

The link for the chicken wasn't working for me. It sounds good!

Jewel said...

Hi Theresa!....I thought the chicken might be good for burritos, too! Hope you like it! And thanks for the info about the pain medicine and anthesia. I talked to an RN friend of mine and she said that she's heard of the same connections between tiredness and going off pain meds and so on.

Hey, Denise, thanks...we think he's a dollbaby! I am so thankful that I am able to take care of him, with Ed's help!

Hi Sir!...okay, I feel better about calling him "the boy"! *smile* And glad I could bring you a chuckle! I will continue to do P.S.'s if needed!

You're welcome, Mrs. NB! Keep those recipes coming! *smile* Tears come easily to me, too, when thinking and recalling the blessings of the Lord. I just get overwhelmed by His faithfulness and love and steadfastness in my life through the years when I have felt so undeserving at times.

Hi Barbara! I tried the link and it worked for me. Give it another go and if you can't get it, I'll email it to you! We did go away for the night and I'm thinking that it may be our last time. *sigh* Day trips might be a better choice for us, I'm thinking!