Here we are… one week post-surgery. I’m feeling much better, though I had underestimated how much an operation (“bedah” in Malay language) would … well …. take out of me. Just when I thought I’d start getting better (day 3, right?) I accidentally slept for 48 hours consecutively. Kudos to Eric for keeping the kids fed and occupied.
Here are some pictures of our cute guys …
It’s hard to tell what a parent’s illness means for kids. They’re a mysterious combination of resilient and demanding. In the thick of daily life, it’s maddening (“did you *seriously* just poke your brother? WHY?????”) but at the same time I know they’re lovely boys, growing up at the right pace.
Other families out there may find this new chart useful … our “quick solutions” to problems like “he poked me. seriously” or the perennial sibling favorite: he took the car I was thinking about playing with!
Tomorrow begins their 3rd year at Kinabalu International School – and we are all looking forward to reunions with old friends and new friendships growing. Eric continues to teach – he has a double course load due to our time in the USA this summer, but he enjoys both the topics and the students’ engagement. Rewarding work is always easier to pour yourself into. Meanwhile, Eric is doing all the dishes while my arm is propped up on the computer desk (conveniently, the most comfortable position for me, by far). Soon enough I’ll be back to caring for the household. Tomorrow is our 14th wedding anniversary, so this new curveball is another way we live “for better, for worse,” for each other.
In other news, here are two pictures of gifts that are nourishing us.
The Seminary community sent us a lovely fruit basket – including papaya and dragonfruit and a whole bunch of bananas!
To the right was a gift of 2 massive chocolate bars. The boys hoped for trucks inside of the wrapping but I was more than happy to find chocolate inside!
We continue to be humbled by the love & support people are showing. We await my next appointment on 18th September for more information on diagnosis/treatment but for now, we are grateful for the little things each day… like fruit, chocolate, trucks and blocks, and the communities of which we are a part.