March 22, 2009

This Week

This week I am not writing to you from Central Illinois. I'm in Austin, Texas. A friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, has started chemo treatments, her husband had to be out of town, and she has four kids under 9 years old, so she needed some help. They flew me down here, and I am abruptly thrust into the life of a mom with little ones. I am way out of practice! The first day my feet were throbbing and my mind was numb. The second day my muscles ached and I kept falling asleep any time there was a moment's peace. And the littlest things create flashbacks--helping three-year-olds put on doll clothes, holding little hands up to the faucet and keeping them from spraying the kitchen, and trying to make intelligent conversation out of nonsense syllables. I've had to call each of my kids several times these first few days just to say how much I miss them.

How are they doing back home? The first time I talked to Missa she said, "How am I going to eat lunch and how will I get clean clothes?" Sheesh. But she was only kidding. Meg said, "You'll never believe how messy this house can get in one day!" Oh yes I can. She said everything will be in great shape by the time I get home. Peter's home for break and I only got to see him for a day, but that's OK. He's having a nice time of reading whatever he wants. :) My husband is now in charge of handling all the little details of life around our house, and so far so good.

I head home on Saturday. If you're the praying type, please lift up my friend Lesley and her family.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Definitely lifting up both Lesley AND you this week! What a wonderful thing to do for your friend! You're going to be exhausted by the end, but I'll bet you will be missing those little hands when you head back home!

Dana said...

I want to second TopsyTechie's comment. A prayer for Lesley AND for you. Good luck on your week in Austin.

Unknown said...

Sending lots of healthy thoughts for your friends. Good luck this week Jena!

Joyful Days said...

You all have my prayers. What a marvelous blessing that must be to have you there.

Julie

Heather said...

Goodness, praying for YOU as well. :)(And seriously praying for them. I cannot imagine.)

G.Dowell said...

We've got Lesley and family lifted in prayer.

I'll bet your family will have an even greater appreciation for you when you return home. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Traci said...

Everyone said what I was thinking! Prayers and blessings to all!

JoVE said...

With friends like you to support here, I'm sure Lesley will do well. And you can call this practice for grandparenting. Imagine how tired you'll get when you are 60 and doing this!

Karen said...

Best of luck Jena, both to you, and to Leslie! We will keep your brave friend in our thoughts.
Karen

Jena said...

Hi Everyone! Thanks for your kind words and thoughts and prayers. Lesley is doing well, going in for a chemo treatment tomorrow (thurs) morning. I'm starting to get used to the routine around here. But then I fly out on Saturday when her husband returns, so only a couple more days.

gina said...

Sending lots of prayers you and Lesley's way.

Amanda said...

Praying for your friend and your own stamina!!

Lilly said...

You are such a servant Jena. Praying for God to give you what you need in these last 24 hours... and for complete healing for Lesley!

Unknown said...

Jena, what a blessing you are to your friend right now. You and Lesley are in my prayers.

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