Life keeps going

That’s about how I feel right now, life just keeps going. We have had a busy couple of days, with snow storms dropping over 8 inches of snow on us, work, school, doctor appointments and allergy tests. I’m thankful that Paul has the day off tomorrow, Thursday. It will give us all a day to relax and rest up.

Sarah had her allergy patch test this week, and it really didn’t show too much yet. There is some irritation but no major break out or anything. So far the things she showed some irritation to were things we already knew, fragrances and such in shampoo’s and lotions. We’ll see if anything else flares up in the next day or so. The next step this dermatologist wants to take is to send her for more extensive tests down at Salt Lake. We aren’t sure yet if that’s what we want to do. The back of her hands break out really bad. We can clear it up with medicated cream, but it comes back within a week or so. Obviously she’s coming in contact with something that she’s allergic too, we just don’t know what that is, thus the allergy tests. One of the things that we think is aggravating it even more is that one of her main chores is the kitchen after each meal. All that extra water and soap I’m sure is not helping. So right now we’ve decided to clear it up with medication again, and she has some gloves to wear when she’s doing the dishes. Plus we have a friend who is sending us some natural salve she makes that will help with it whenever it flares up. During this time we are praying that we figure out what it is exactly that she is coming in contact with that is causing this. If you think of us, could you please pray that the Lord directs us to the cause of these outbreaks? Thanks.

We’ve been keeping up with lessons this week, though on Monday we gave the kids half a day. With all the snow they had a lot of shoveling. Plus our neighbors just hired them to shovel their driveway too, so they had double work that day. Thankfully we haven’t gotten any more snow since Monday. There was a chance we might, but I really hope we don’t. Honestly, we have no where else for them to shovel the snow too. The piles around our house are so large right now, I don’t think we can put anymore on them. I pray some warm temperatures come and some melting happens soon and make the piles a bit smaller. 😉

I’ve been doing a bit of crocheting, but honestly I just haven’t had the time or desire for much. I also haven’t used my camera much lately. 🙁 I have been trying to add a bit more margin time into my days. Time that isn’t scheduled for anything, that I can relax and read, craft or just sit at the Lord’s feet. This is not an easy thing for me because I’m definitely a ‘keep busy’ type of person. I don’t like sitting and doing nothing because it makes me feel lazy. I try to squeeze as much into a day as possible. This week alone, there were a lot of extra places I had to run to, and I really didn’t have time to get my weekly house cleaning done. It was so hard for me to let that go, but Paul keep insisting, and I’m glad he did. I really don’t know why I’m this way. My mom and I were talking about it earlier today, and we can’t figure out where I get this always have to be ‘doing’ attitude. I sometimes wonder if FB, Twitter, blogs and such makes that desire even stronger in me. People put their lists out there of all the things they are doing, things they have accomplished and I think, “See I could be doing so much more!” (which I know is not true and that I shouldn’t be comparing myself.)

So I’m trying very hard to not always have to be doing. I’m trying to add more down time to my day, and not worry so much about getting so much done. I’m trying to calm my mind also, and not constantly have noise going on around me. That one is still one I need to work on, but it’s a desire of mine. I know it’s a work in progress, but I know it’s something I need to strive for.

With that said, I think I’ll end this post, relax with my family, watch a movie and maybe even pull out a craft. 😀

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4 thoughts on “Life keeps going”

  1. I’ll be sure to keep your daughter Sarah in my thoughts. It is truly frustrating to have something, yet not quite sure how to relieve the pain or frustration. Sounds like my left foot/leg. It’s always tingling and hurting off and on, so I can hardly walk on it, but I can still use it and exercise. I’m taking medication for it, but still, no true “cure.” Bummer! 🙁

    Taking time to calm one’s mind is a good thing. Being overly busy tends to make me anxious, but that’s just me.

    Blessings! 🙂

  2. I would love to see those snow piles! Ours melted. If you’re anything like me, I’d be upset about my daughter, and that would come out in frustration with other things, especially my house. I do pray you get answers.

  3. Hi JoAnn, I hope the doctors can figure things out for your daughter. I will tell you that my hands get really bad in the winter. Over time, I’ve developed a latex allergy and it really affects my hands. Not sure if that is something your daughter’s doctor is checking for. When I do heavy cleaning I have latex free gloves that I use. I also use cotton dishcloths instead of sponges and try to stay away from red dyes in my dish cloths as for some reason that seems to aggravate the rash that I get. I use 1% hydracortizone cream before I go to bed each night which really relieves my hands as well. Will lift up a prayer that the doctors can figure it out. Thinking of you and sending hugs, Heather

  4. I know what you mean about doing, doing, doing. Right now I’m at a season where there is little option; I just have a lot to do.

    But when I get stressed, I take relaxing time out to write; to some that might be ‘doing’ but for me it’s downtime.

    I hope you figure out a way to make it work for you. God made you to be you, with your own gifts, personality, interests, and energy levels, and he put you in your family to love and care for them. And I think you’re doing a great job.


    Annie Kate

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