In case you were worried that I sat at home all weekend crying into my socks about Mom's birthday, I'll give you a little rundown of how we handled the occasion as a family.
We ate (of course!). Instead of the normal family dinner at Mom & Dad's house we went to Olive Garden. Who doesn't feel better about life & the world in general when they have a belly full of noodles?
Beth & I were there, too. We were just too busy snapping pics of everyone else to actually get in any pics ourselves. It was a nice dinner with a sweet waitress & even sweeter fellowship. Balm for our souls.
And Aunt Ruth shared an answer to prayer. She has Lupus (like my Mom) but she has had it manifest itself in some different ways. She almost lost her vision this past year due to sudden, severe dryness of the eyes. She has been carefully treated & monitored by an excellent eye doctor. She has progressed well & just this week she was told that she is nearly fully recovered & can now space her check-ups out to every six months rather than every two months. God is good.
And as my Monday morning dawned today, my last Monday at my job, I was tempted to be very sad & more than a little angry that I have no choice in this situation. But then I heard the raindrops falling on our roof & I couldn't help but rejoice in another answered prayer - almost an entire inch of rain fell this morning. Hallelujah!