Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Holiday Blessings and then some

Dear God,

I would like to thank you for some things that have occurred over the past few days. I would send you pictures, but well, you were there.

First, thank you for Olivia, of course. She's pretty awesome and is starting to scooch in her cast while sleeping. What a wonderful talent you've given her! Also, thank you for giving me the foresight to monitor her in the cradle while she is sleeping -- she won't remember bumping up against the top of the cradle, right? In a related blessing, I would like to thank you for giving me catlike skills when she did get a little upset; I was able to move her before she even realized she bumped her head! Fantastic! By the way, is there any chance you could do something about the spitting up? I mean, I know you are busy but thought I'd ask just in case.

Second, thank you for Frank. What an understanding and supporting husband you have blessed me with. Not only did he not get mad when I decided to use noxious bathroom cleaners containing bleach at 8pm on Friday night (Side blessing -- thank you so much for changing Liv's bedtime to 9pm! And she still sleeps through the night!), which made the upstairs almost entirely uninhabitable for about 2 hours, but he had the wisdom to set up the pack'n'play so Olivia could go to sleep. AND when I woke him up at 5:45am to kill the ginormous spider in the kitchen, he didn't complain once! By the way, thank you for not killing me with the spider; how wonderful of you to instead use this as an opportunity to teach me to ask for help when I need it. I have so much to learn.

Third, thank you for Mom Mom and Pop Pop, who were big helps this weekend, allowing Frank to cook for the family and me to organize Mom Mom's pictures. (Side blessing: thank you for $3.99/pound snow crab specials at Acme and hot dogs... mostly hot dogs.) They were equally helpful yesterday when I had to have my brakes fixed. (Side blessing: Thank you for giving me the idea to go to Sears Auto after Pep Boys turned me away THREE times!! I am learning how to stay calm -- thank you!) You have really blessed me with patience as I embark on teaching Olivia her schedule again this week.

Thank you for getting Uncle Paul to Michigan and Aunt Gi to Indiana safe and sound. If it's not too much to ask, Uncle Paul would like to find a job relatively quickly. Aunt Gi is continuing to do good work at Su Casa, as you know. She must certainly have a spot in heaven! Please continue to keep her safe.

And thank you, of course, for Uncle Matthew and Grandma Jo. I'm sure you know what you are doing regarding this, so I won't question any of it. I won't lie -- you certainly keep me on my toes! Maybe you could inspire Uncle Matthew to get Olivia a beautiful baptismal card, as he is her Godfather -- you know, just a little card to say how much he loves her and how pretty she looked at the baptism. Something like that. If it's not too much.

Oh, one more thing! Thank you for guiding me with the run/walk program. It's going quite well, and I've lost a few pounds! I know you have a plan for why one of the two pairs of running shorts I use became torn and had to be thrown out. I'm sure I'll see it eventually... maybe in the future, though, you could take into consideration and not have the tear be because of my thighs. Who am I to question you in your infinite wisdom? Thank you for teaching me humility.

Ok, that's it. I'm really quite lucky. Hope all is well with you -- you know, watching out for the universe and all. Give my regards to grandma -- a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.



  1. Hi Alicia,
    This may be a bit weird, but I came across your blog while searching on hip dysplasia. My infant son, Emory, also has hip dysplasia & will be put into a spica cast next week. I live locally (Phoenixville) & I would love to "compare notes" with you & maybe learn a bit from you about caring for an infant in a spica.
    Kirsten (Kirstenalexis24@yahoo.com)

  2. Kirsten, thanks for your comment! I'll be sure to send you an email (unfortunately not right now since I'm off to bed -- lol). I'd love to compare notes. Good luck with Emory!


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