Today’s afternoon was hot, hovering in the mid 90s. That’s actually cooler than earlier this week when it was 103. We would’ve been fine inside the house but Ellis was having one of those headaches accompanied with vomiting. This means outdoor walks and fresh air to subdue those symptoms.
Trust me, I was not excited to labor under the sun at a snail pace walk for a prolonged period of time. There’s only short reprieve under the shaded trees, few and far in between. However, the change in Ellis’ demeanor is quite dramatic with outdoor air and she seems less preoccupied with her symptoms. Maybe distraction calms her nerves, thus lessening those symptoms. Elliot and I were red faced from the heat, but Ellis just squat down in front of our garage refusing to go inside.
Not wanting to create tension between the kids and wanting to clear Ellis’ headache away for good, I proposed bringing out our kiddie water table that had been stored away for donation. It’s meant for small kids as sensory activity play, but the weather called for it today.
We filled it up with water, dumped our old fishing toys in, plopped in ice cubes, and finally plopped our feet in the pool. It was a ridiculous sight with all of us holding a plastic fishing pole and vying to pick up the magnetic fish with the end of the pole. It was quality time spent on our island, which we appropriately named Kiddie Pool Island.
This morning felt like it was going to be a crummy day. Morning cardiology appointment involved throwing up at the office, followed with more at home and a lingering headache. But an old kiddie pool table gave us some afternoon laughs and coolness that we never expected. Thank God for how He could change the tone of our day with something that was stored away in our garage.
The rest of the afternoon involved rummaging out old toys they had outgrown and were stored away for donation. They were in tears laughing so hard from the sight of each riding the tricycle and jumping on the pink unicorn (it makes galloping sounds with rainbow lights blinking by the ears).
Although Ellis’ headache returned once we came into the house, a phone call to the doctor and new pain medication cleared it up. (So grateful the pediatrician and cardiologist were both at the office when I called). It was a relief to eliminate the need for going to the hospital again.
I. Can’t. This. Soon.
It’s amazing how God time and time again transforms a potentially drab and disastrous day into a memorable one. Thank you Jesus for changing the situation around. I was starting to panic big time. And thank you dear friend D. for witnessing my pain, affirming me, reminding me God love me and has is in control, again today.
Thank you readers for stopping by and reading about our afternoon! I’m so glad you’re here.
Have a wonderful start to this first summer weekend and stay safe and well. Peace and blessings ~ Esther
Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!