Into the Woods

It seems every day starts off in a hurry. Hurry and get up. Hurry and eat your breakfast. Hurry and brush your teeth. Hurry and get to school so we can hurry and get to work. Then we hurry home and hurry through chores, so we can hurry and do homework, so we can hurry and get in bed, so we can hurry and start over. That just made me tired! Life can be stressful. Sometimes we need to slow down and appreciate life, rather than watching it pass us by. Take a moment and realize the most important things in life are the people we share it with.

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." -Elizabeth Lawrence

Stress is bad for everyone, and is an arch enemy of Multiple Sclerosis. After a stress filled week, Daniel and I decided on the spur of the moment, to pack up the boys and fur babies for the weekend, and get away from it all. Thankfully there is a county dirt road that lead us right down the path of relief. A small country house, acres for the boys to run and ride four wheelers, a camp fire with the sounds of sweet conversation, the light of the stars at night, and the feeling of fall in the air, was just what the doctor ordered. A weekend of fall fun was all that was on the agenda, chores set aside, and boy did it prove to be soul soothing for all of us! Even the schnauzer sisters, Ellie Mae and Cora, soaked up every minute and enjoyed the simplicity. As an unexpected bonus, Laney drove up to surprise us Saturday afternoon. Mama is always happiest when all if of her birdies are in the same nest!

  

Saturday the boys and I decided to take a hike in the cool of the morning, although they were a bit concerned about my "off-balance" walking in the woods. Thankfully in the sweet country house that our friends are kind enough to share with our family, they found a walking stick for me to use. I must admit, it was very helpful when trying to maneuver through the uneven ground, and it made my sweet boys feel more secure. (They unfortunately saw me fall one morning on the way out the door.)

  

This was the first time in a while that I was able to enjoy a full Saturday without napping. I gave in and accepted a prescription offered by my doctor for fatigue associated with MS. Sometimes you just have to accept that you need help, a tip I would share with any newly diagnosed patient. The boys kept asking me when I was going to take my nap, but instead we rode four wheelers, explored the beauty of the woods, and spent precious moments talking around the campfire. The whole family enjoyed roasted hot dogs while listening to football on the radio, a sweet tradition from my childhood. The outcome of the game was not so good, but nothing overshadowed the sweetness of our stress free, unhurried family time!

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. -Samuel Smiles

Karen

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