Three Little Piggies

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These sweet girls are all sorts of itchy. I moved them from upstairs to the living room so I could keep an eye on them throughout the day. They scratch and crew on themselves all.day.long. I highly suspect mites of some sort as when cleaning their bedding I found little bugs. Gross, right? Yes, so gross. I’m mostly worried for their health so I booked an appointment with an exotic vet tomorrow morning. Not cheap but I take the health of my pets seriously. I know there’s mite medicine but I’m not totally positive it is mites. Not to mention one of them has a few really nasty scabs she keeps scratching open.

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Today I woke up feeling like today would be a very lazy day for me. I didn’t feel well. After getting breakfast on the table and kids off to school I came home and went back to bed. I slept the morning away. I often feel drugged right after I take my herbs, this was the same after I took antibiotics – my previous LLMD said it’s likely a herx symptom for me. Whatever the reason for it, it isn’t fun. I really hate that feeling. I simply have to sleep it off. So that’s what I did. I then made a quick run to Hobby Lobby to get some more floss and a hoop. After picking the kids up, we took a walk through the neighborhood. The weather was so pretty and perfect. One day it’s 50 and rainy, the next it’s 75 and sunny. That’s north Texas for you.

Sunday Funday

Dash insisted on buttoning his shirt all by himself – honey, he looked a mess. Zane ran down the stairs wearing shorts on a cool day. And Nick threw on his shirt from yesterday. I didn’t fight any of it. I let them do as they wished today. The weekends are for lazy and enjoyment for me and the kids. We did a little shopping. A little eating. A little napping and playing. It was a good, happy Sunday.

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Living the Moment

Halloween was safe and fun, our first in North Texas. Our old neighborhood in Missouri was slim pickens. I really didn’t know what to expect here. I knew there would be a lot of kids out because we live in a very kid friendly area with lots, and I mean, lots of kids. So many that we have our own school. I was picturing 20 kids to every one house giving out candy. I was wrong. There were lots of people giving out candy. Plenty for the amount of children out trick or treating. What a relief. The temperature was cool, perfect for a night out dressed up, begging for candy from perfect strangers.

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My guinea pigs might be sick. While cleaning out their cage I noticed indications of possible mites. I bathed the girls and one of them had irritated skin. I could treat them over the counter but I’m considering going to a vet with them just to be certain they are okay. I know, it sounds strange that one would take their guinea pig to a vet. I’m an animal lover. I can’t bare the thought that they might be suffering, so I’ll shell out the money to have them checked out.

While at Petsmart today looking for mite medication, this was before I made my mind up that I’ll just take them to a vet, I found the perfect rabbit cage for Zoe. I don’t know if I’ve ever written about her on my blog before. She’s our little Lionhead bunny. She sure is a spunky little girl. She loves to be pet but don’t ask her to snuggle you unless you’re continuously petting her. But I digress. So because I spoil my animals, like I spoil my children, we picked her up a mansion of a cage, complete with an upper deck area for lounging. She absolutely loves it! How could she not?

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I talked to my dad on my birthday for an hour. We talked about the kids and about marriage and about God. A lot about God. It was such a great conversation. I’m telling ya, friends, our reconciliation is going better than I ever could have dreamed. We’re reconnecting so well. There’s nothing strange or awkward or even disappointing about it. We text often and talk every few weeks or so, usually for an hour at a time. I love how God works. When it’s the right time, it just all flows so easily.

I turned 36 for you curious types who were wondering. I have mixed feelings about 36. In some ways I feel super blessed to be at 36 and in some ways I can’t believe I’m 36! It feels like just yesterday I was turning 26. I don’t know how time flies by so quickly and yet the individual days can crawl by so often. I know I’ll look back on this post in ten years and wonder how I got to 46, it seemed like just yesterday I was writing about 36.

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I’ve been in the creating mood lately. Well, really, always. My brain wants to constantly be stimulated. Honestly, I wonder if there’s something going on with my brain due to Lyme disease. Sometimes it’s rather compulsive, this need to stimulate my brain and hands and create stuff. Or maybe it’s just the creative type in me. Whatever it is, I typically enjoy the desire to create and the outcome is usually pretty beautiful. If you’re following me on Instagram then you already know all the projects I’ve been up to lately. I post there more than any where else online. But since many of you don’t have Instagram accounts, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the past week.

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Went to church tonight for the first time in a month. Between colds and the stomach flu and Lyme disease four church services came and went without our attendance. Today every one was healthy so we went. Dash learned about Daniel and the lions den. He loves church the most out of the three boys. Zane had fun playing games. I asked what he learned. He said nothing. Nick stayed in with me. Mostly playing words with friends but also listening and resting against me. I had an amazing time with worship. This church really knows how to do worship right. I always get into the spirit and feel moved while praising God with my church family. Tonight I felt the sensation of warm oil washing over my face.  That’s another thing about worship at this church. I have so many spirit-filled moments, like visions of Jesus, and like tonight’s warm oil sensation. God’s so good!

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I’ve had a rough few weeks with Lyme disease. I got the stomach flu and couldn’t keep my herbs down for a couple of days. That’s all it took to send me spiraling. I’m finally back up to 8 drops of a-bart per day and 10 drops of biocidin per day. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to handle those doses but I’m just thankful today was a good day. That’s the thing about Lyme disease, you really have to take each day as it comes. You just never know what it’s going to be like.

Living in the moment is something Lyme disease has been teaching me. When I have a good day, I pack it full of treasure. And when I have a bad, I listen to my body and allow it to do nothing, just rest. Some days are slept away while the kids are at school. Some days are spent taking good care of the house and making fun projects. I literally never know what each day will bring. I’ve learned to be thankful for every good moment I’m blessed with.