Rather than have Thanksgiving last weekend up in Philadelphia with my two sisters and their families, with my mother visiting from Tucson, things got a bit chaotic. First, my mom got sick with a respiratory infection, which is a big deal because she was also here to celebrate her 70th birthday, and she’s susceptible to pneumonia. Then, my sister got a 104 fever and thought she had the flu, followed by my other sister, her toddler, and her husband. We made the decision that I’d drive up and bring my mom down to our house (where everyone was healthy). We had a couple of seemingly calm days rescheduling our holiday weekend and thinking things were on the upswing. Alas, she ended up in the hospital with pneumonia.
So no Thanksgiving dinner (twice!). My kids were great about it. They worried about her and worried about me, spending hours every day at the hospital with her. Thankfully, she’s finally home (my house) and recovering and will be here a few weeks before heading west.
Yes, I’m grateful. Grateful that my kids are so wonderful and loving, running to meet me at the door when I would come in exhausted and showering me with hugs and kisses. Grateful that my husband dropped everything to help out, taking good care of me while I was extremely stressed. Grateful for friends who sent love and support (and food!) to make a very rough week better. Grateful for all of you, for reading here year after year and sharing MoneywiseMoms with others. Grateful for this flexible job that lets me work from home, putting family first during good times and bad.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
Original image from Kate on Flickr