Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rule #11 and The Ensuing Pandemic

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 ) 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!


  1. What a wonderful rule to share! As a reader I love hearing about your adventures and I'll be praying that the Olson pandemic doesn't add you to the ranks. God bless you!

  2. I miss you so Miss Sharron! I love "listening" to your stories as I can hear your voice in my head like you are in the same room with me when you write. I hope everyone is well soon and I hear Oxford is lovely this time of year! LOL

  3. The classic live-culture-self-sustaining-pandemic. I can only say I was relieved to hear no bodily fluids expelled. We've tried both versions and I definitely recommend the non spraying type. :) You take it sooo in stride! I hope you didn't get sick.

    And, can't wait to hear more of your adventures. Love EVERY one.


  4. Hope you're well, my friend! We have been passing cold germs like communion plates around here. Until last week, I swear I had not properly kissed my husband since before the new year began..(tmi??)

    I will get to those Venice pics (and Rome, too!), but not today.

    Remind me, I have a little request for the next time you visit Bernkastel...