8:15 pm Ducklings are making themselves ready for bed
8:25 pm Girlfriend(7) remembers to feed her new fish
8:30 pm There is weeping and gnashing of teeth, as it is discovered that Pumpkin, the fish, is dead
(By now, we are 30 minutes past our expiration date)
8:35 pm GF and I are in the front yard laying Pumpkin to rest
8:55 pm The Ducklings are all finally settled down and in bed. I dare to breathe a sigh of relief and to sit down to unwind
9:00 pm Sunshine(5) comes out to inform me that she has wet the bed. Ack! I nearly loose it.
9:15 pm Everyone is finally settled down again.
9:30 pm D(8) Comes out to kiss me goodnight for the 4th time.
10:00 pm The Boy Scout(11) has a "gut reaction" to the pizza he ate earlier at the end-of-track party.
10:15 pm The Scout is still suffering, still asking me to fix it. I can't.
11:00 pm I'm off to bed. Everyone is quiet. I crawl in between the sleeping Sprout(13 mo's) and the grieving Girlfriend.
11:15 pm The Sprout awakens. He is fussy. He's had a cold for a couple of weeks. He resettles and we go back to sleep.
11:30 pm The Sprout stirs again. This time, I can feel that his skin is hot and hear his fast breathing. Fever. Ibuprophen. Snuggling.
12:00 pm Back in bed. Back to sleep.
12:15 pm The Bambino(3) attempts to climb into the bed. He is cold because he chose to sleep without jammies. I return him to his bed and get him another blanket.
12:30 pm Back to sleep.
Sometime in the night the Bambino crawls back in. I can no longer resist. He slips in between Girlfriend and me.
1:00 am I'm awake, listening to the baby breathe fast, petting his buttery, hot skin. Giving thanks for my children and all that is so good in my life.
6:45 am The Sprout stirs and I roll over to snuggle him. He's laying in a puddle. I'm laying in a puddle. Time to get up. The Girlfriend hears us and rises, too. Now Sunshine is up and we begin our day.
It's been a full night, which followed a full day.
This morning, we will stay home from church and eat French Toast and tidy up in anticipation of The Scoutmaster's return.
The sun is shining.
Yesterday, I cleaned out my storage room and the Ducklings and I reclaimed the Family Room.
All is right with the world. God is gracious to provide enough grace to meet the need.
Today promises to be beautiful.
(This is a picture Girlfriend (7) took of her new fish, with the new camera she got for her birthday.)