Bottom line, sometimes life is hard, and that’s okay. Reality isn’t always pretty.
It’s late, and it’s been a long week. I’ve had bronchitis, and we’ve been battling lice all week long. Yes – every mother’s worst nightmare lice. It’s hard to escape lice here. It’s hard to escape bugs in general here…but we’ve managed…and everything will be okay. My everything spotless clean self feels pretty defeated here in South America right now.
Jared has been out-of-town in the desert of North Argentina. He’s home now, but our phone conversations were broken up through the week as he calmly tried to explain to me how to treat the lice situation with the chemicals he picked up from the pharmacy last December when those pesky bugs paid us a visit before Christmas. I won’t even begin to explain the process of de-bugging a home - it’s rough.
To make things worse, Gabe crawled on top of the stove’s bottom cupboard flap while I was baking cookies - trying to maintain some sense of normality & ‘home’ through the ongoing lice episode. He burned the bottom half of both legs – not severely thank heavens – but enough to leave it’s mark for a while. His crawling hasn’t slowed down much, but he hasn’t been comfortable.
On top of all that, the movers came in Friday morning and boxed up our life. We’re living out of suitcases now and doing everything possible to keep the kids entertained and comfortable with the emptiness we feel.
I’ll never forget what life feels like right now. It’s as if the page is almost turned over, but not quite…not yet. The last few sentences still have something to say.
I feel so much better today after getting on the antibiotic I needed. Jared & I gave our last Castellano talks in church this morning. It’s a true miracle that I was able to wake up at 4:30 this morning to really prepare and translate a talk after the week we’ve had. I felt guidance from above…helping me, and I think that’s exactly why we go through rough weeks - to recognize His hand – to remember the eternal perspective and to appreciate the good days maybe a little bit more than we did before.