t h e m a y f i l e s is foremost a family blog, chronicling everyday life. Life including natural, healthy eating (with recipes thrown in at random), home educating (with ideas popping up sporadically), an attempt to homestead on .2 acres (with very meager yields), raising 3 of 4 children with a rare genetic disorder, and lots of highly personal family triumphs and failures. You may also find an eclectic array of musings on politics, exercise, sewing, emergency preparedness, backyard chickens, and religion. This blog isn't a campaign to glorify anyone or anything. Just simply a record.


Here I Lie...

and I feel grateful for so many things...

First and foremost Berkeley Rose (yep that's her name). The miraculous gift of this wriggly, tiny girl in my tummy.

Second, clarity. Finally, I feel I am beginning to understand preeclampsia is a disease of which I clearly do suffer. It isn't just me getting nervous at the doctor.

Third, an amazing community of love and support from family, friends, neighbors and church. Including, but not limited to and in no particular order:

  • Telephone calls from those who wish they were closer, expressing their love and concern and moral support

  • Lists made by my dear sister in law of things to keep me occupied as I lie here

  • Play dates for my children

  • A husband who does the laundry, cleans the house, attempts to make meals, plays with the children and continually teases me to keep my spirits up

  • A mother who lives only 2 hours away and comes once a week to clean my house, grocerry shop, and make a real meal fitting for our five fussy eaters with so many "no we don't eat that in our house" items

  • Comments on my blog, many from people I have never even met expressing their love and concern and prayers

  • Neighbors who call me from the grocerry store and ask if I need anything

  • The little nine-year-old girl across the street who comes over everyday to play but I am afraid she does more helping than playing, she is my third daughter

  • A relief society president (leader of our congregations women organization) who always seems to call right when the drama hits to check on me, and of course no one tells her, except the Spirit, who also reminds me it is okay to receive service and not just give

  • A wonderful neighbor who brought us 4 hot loaves of bread yesterday...oh how that was a treat for our longing palates...we miss homemade bread!

  • Rides for my children from preschool and piano

  • Meals from friends who go out of their way to respect how I feed my family

The other day I was reading with the girls in the scriptures. We came to a verse which described how the people were overcome with joy. Ellery said "Mom their cups were overflowing weren't they?"

My cup overfloweth.


katie said...

Hi Rebecca! My mom gave me your blog address months ago so I could partake of some of your delicious recipes and I like to check in every now and then:) I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I've had elevated blood pressure at the end of my pregnancies, and although my situation has never been as serious as yours, I think I can empathize with you a little. I thrive on being able to plan ahead and being in control of things so this experience really helped me to put my trust in the Lord and know that my life is in His hands. You sound like you are keeping a great attitude! I'll be praying for you.

Christy said...

I am amazed how positive you are in the midst of these difficult situations. You really are an awesome example!

Sara said...

THINKING OF YOU! You will continue to be in my prayers as you wait out this last little bit of time before Berkeley arrives. I hope that time passes quickly and that you know how much I love you! Hang in there Becca!