Monday- A Big Day - Today was a big day, even though we still had our walking colds...we decided to proceed with our plans for the day. We were going to Nashville to celebrate Gideon's 5 birthday (which was 2 days prior). It was his pick to go to the science museum when asked what He wanted to do. (We like to celebrate our birthdays with a family adventure of some sort instead of having it be terribly present-heavy. The grandparents are faithful to send gifts to the children on their birthdays - which is very nice, so they have the element of both blessings on their birthdays.) This was wonderful for us, because we went last year and joined and our membership was still good. The budget was tight, so we were very happy that that portion was paid for. The other thing he asked for was a trip to the Rain Forest Cafe, where he could get "Lava Cake". We found out the day before we left that the mall where that restaurant is was flooded out last year and is still under repair, so He didn't get that wish...but he took the news like a champ.
Real Pizza- Before we went to the Museum, we made a lunch stop. We decided to go to the food court in the Galleria Mall in Cool Springs on our way to the Museum. We gave Gideon the tour of the all the options and let him choose where we would eat. He chose pizza. I think daddy was more excited about this than anyone. (Its the New Yorker in him. We can't get "real pizza" where we are...so he was as bubbly as our 5 year birthday boy was!)
The Museum- We arrived at the Museum and were set back how busy it was. We thought for sure a Monday in March would be dead. But the parking lot was full and there were BUSES there! It was Disneyland in July! Pappa and gave each other a "what ya gonna do?" look and proceeded with the plan. We felt so guilty knowing we had these mild colds entering such a group of people.
The gift shop- Gideon got to take some birthday money that Grandpa David sent him and spend it in the gift shop. It was such a sweet quite time for him and I alone. He was so reflective and careful about his choices...I felt like he was growing up before my very eyes. Here was my little "bull in a china shop" picking out gifts for his two little sisters before he even thought about what he wanted for himself. It did a mamma's heart good.
International Grocery Store - Mamma got a special treat this day too. When we pulled into the Museum, we saw across the road and International Grocery Store. My mouth watered and I got all giddy..."Please say we can stop there on our way out!!!" Papa humored me and let me run in and stock up on my Chinese food supplies. I was tickled!
18 Fruit Trees- The last stop of the day was a stop to get fruit trees north of Nashville. I failed to mention, on this day were were also hauling an empty trailer behind our 15 pass van. We got 10 apple trees (3 Pink Lady, 3 Gala, 3 Granny Smith and 1 Yellow Delicious), 4 Cherry trees (2 tart and 2 sweet) and 4 peach trees (Red Haven and I forget the other kind). It has been exciting trying to decide where to put our little orchard. Oh what an adventure this will be! We hope to add bees into our orchard plan one day too. How exciting!
Tuesday- Passover Lamb We visited a sheep farm about an hour and half away today and brought home male lamb in his first year for Passover. He is a little guy, called a Shetland sheep. We are planning on spending Passover with some new friends and they really wanted to express the Passover Observance similar to the one in the first Exodus...we have done a modified version of this in the past, but never used a whole lamb...so we thought we would give it a try. We hope this doesn't freak people out...We know who our Passover Lamb is (Yeshua)...however, we have learned that walking out many things of old are wonderful learning experiences that contain amazing lessons that you would not receive otherwise. Now that we are becoming farmers and have gotten some experience processing our own meat, it's not such a "crazy idea" like it once was. It is such a beautiful thing to "get back to the basics". I am amazed how "going back" moves us forward in so many ways.
Wednesday- Friends for Dinner- When we tried to "give an out" to our friends who scheduled for dinneron Wednesday night, because of the colds in the house - they turned the tables on us, and insisted on bringing dinner for US and said they would load up on echinacea to protect themselves. We kept Hailey up stairs (quarantined) She had been up and about today, but she was still coughing a lot. It was a lovely evening. Please pray for the H family, so that they do not get sick...This ended up being a very serious batch of the bad stuff.
Thur, Friday and Shabbat- 8 people and 14 symptoms- Deep chest coughs, sore throats, fever, loss of appetite, achy-ness everywhere, sinus congestion, headaches, diarrhea, puke, sleepless nights, lots of flem, dizziness, chills and weakness.
OK maybe that was TMI (Too Much Information) - It's been rough. To add to it, pour little Chazaq is breaking in three molars at the SAME TIME!!!