We are on day number eleven and the fourth person in our household to come down with this annoying little flu virus. The day after we got home from Rome LeRoy had a fever, body aches, headache, and a sore throat. He spent about 48 hours in bed, drank lots of fluids, and is now as good as new. Then Zae took a turn... then Zeke... and now Eli. Perhaps Israel and I ought to flee? We invited friends over for a brunch this morning before we realized Eli wasn't well; thankfully, they called and cancelled because about 30 minutes later Eli came in not looking his spunky self and running a temperature. Hm.
Rule #11, (from "The 21 Rules of This House" copyright Gregg & Josh Harris www.amazon.com/Original-21-Rules-This-House ) states "When we have something nice to share, we share it." Emphasis on "...something nice..." Oh well. Hence the ensuing Olson flu pandemic. Gratefully, and I cannot overstate my gratitude, this particular strain is short-lived and, though miserable, comes sans expelled bodily fluids. (Thank You, thank You, Jesus!!)
Now LeRoy is out playing basketball in the driveway with Zae, Zeke, and Israel. I'm going to sort through our pictures of Rome. And Eli is on the "sick couch." We'll lay low, perhaps go on a little walk, and then later this evening we'll watch a couple of more episodes from "Little House on the Prairie -- Season 1." (Lovin' that!)
We began our studies of the Middle Ages this week. We began reading "The Door in the Wall" by Marguerite de Angeli, started our studies in botany by dissecting a tulip complete with drawn diagrams and appropriate labeling, and are making Pease Porridge and Bannock Bread for dinner tonight. The literature is historical fiction set in London and Oxford... (...Fieldtrip?)
So, there it is... a little update on the very latest. Thought I'd heed Rule #11: When we have something nice to share, we share it. We are extremely grateful for all that we have... our health, each other, opportunities to grow and learn and expand our horizons, but most especially for the Lord's love and grace.
May you have a blessed weekend!