Sunday, February 4, 2018

What it's all about

Yep.  We got it.  De and I, both.  Not sure who was first, but in the end it didn't matter.  I'm taking about the flu of course, which has been burning through this part of the country.  I don't know specifically which variety because when I called the doc he said, via his nurse, "Don't bother to come in to be tested, it's the flu."  Since I was already on Tamiflu as a preventative (due to my unrepentantly, unabashedly, underperforming immune system) they called in an Rx of the same stuff for De.

It was too late.  By the time De got home from work it was clear she had it, too.  A woman who has essentially become a third daughter picked up De's prescription for her and we both settled in for the siege.   Being on Tamiflu did seem to help because neither of us got seriously ill.  The fact that I didn't get seriously ill, even being on Tamiflu, is a simply a testament to God's grace.  There have been over 136 flu deaths in Indiana so far and many of those are folks who had compromised immune systems.  Like me.  I was expecting real trouble and got no more than healthy people get.  Once again, we are so blessed.

So - Down to the 'What it's all about part'.  We got a few inches of fresh snow last night and after church (which De and I sat out this week) the same adopted daughter who picked De's meds stopped by with her two daughters (Adopted granddaughters!! Woot! Woot!).  They wisely didn't come in, but the three of them brushed the snow off both our vehicles, cleared the snow from our patio, took our trash down to the trash cans, and the girls each made a little snowman to sit on the benches outside the front door.

Their family has been a joy to us for the past few years and even more in the past few months.  We were so honored and humbled by their kindness.  I'm going to be smiling all week, everytime I think about it.  Kindness, community, family, Christianity - Yep!  That IS what it's all about.

Col. 1:9-12,



  1. Oh, you two did so NOT need to be laid low by bouts of the flu!! And, Mark, saying a little prayer of thanks that you were spared getting sicker than you did. THAT could have been serious for you. I think you have a guardian angel doing double duty keeping an eye on you and De.

    I do so wish our national news could be about wonderful people such as your adopted daughter and family instead of the negativity that is rampant these days. Yes, there are so many, many good folks out there, but all we get fed is the awful, bad stuff. Guess we all need to look on the positive side and be so grateful and appreciative of how blessed our lives are.

    Hope you and De shake all the bad germies quickly!

    1. Thanks, Mama Pea! We're still on the mend with De, not surprisingly, getting better a little quicker than me. I am SO thankful it stayed out my lungs.

      It is easy to judge all of society but what and who makes the "front page". As you say, the real truth is there are still many, many good folks out there in all walks of life, and I am blessed to be friends with a whole lot of them!

  2. Oh Mark, I'm so sorry to hear you all got the flu. It doesn't sound like it was as bad as it could have been, thankfully. The snowmen are a very nice touch!

    1. Hi Leigh - We are very thankful we both got over it in a few days with almost no drama. We thought the snowmen were great, too.

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