It is Tuesday again and my brain has been whirring around a mile a minute and I think I'll just jump in...
After reading all the Making Your Home Sing Monday ("MYHSM") posts, it was very clear that all of the posters were experiencing various levels of discouragement, for lack of a better phrase. There was definitely something in the air and all the posts reflected it. Whether it was trouble staying the course or discouragement due to lack of measurable success, it was definitely palpable.
My own energy was low yesterday, so I was thrilled to get done what we got done and call it a day. After dinner, I sat down to catch up on blog reading (one of my favorite activities) and I learned about the problems baby Stellan has been experiencing and my first thought was, "God works in mysterious ways". (If you don't know about Stellan, head over to MckMama's blog and read about it...he's been a miracle baby from the get go.) None of us seemed to know of the change in MckMama's life before we posted, so we posted our truths, but Baby Stellan's problems help put into perspective all the struggles the MYHSM bloggers posted about. His struggles and his mother's anguish don't negate the validity of our own journeys. We shouldn't feel ashamed or embarrassed by our own struggles in the face of an obviously more serious one. They, too, are legitimate. We do struggle to stay the course, we do struggle to keep the faith that we're doing right by our children, we do struggle to be good wives caring for our husbands and homes without losing ourselves along the way, but maybe, just maybe, we're forgetting how blessed we are, even in these struggles. Perspective is a good thing.
So, say some prayers for Stellan and his family, and all the other babies and their families who are struggling right now, but say some prayers for friends and families whose struggles aren't life-threatening, but are sapping their spirit. We all have different journeys, different lessons to learn, and we can all use a little support.