Monday, April 19, 2010

And again...

Today I'm home sick...again. I can't believe how many times I've gotten sick this year! I know they say pregnancy lowers your immune system, but what always surprises me is how quickly and out of the blue it comes over me. I had a rather calm week last week with no students, I got lots of rest over the weekend, there's not a rash of illnesses going through the school that I know of, and nobody else close to me is sick either. Where did this come from? I feel so healthy the rest of the time, and overall I've had a great pregnancy.

My husband is sweet though. I got up at the normal time (okay, a few minutes late) and began getting ready as I tried to decide the best course of action to take for the day. As it became clear I would not be making it to work today, and I had made the necessary phone calls to inform pertinent people, I gave up on looking presentable. Instead, I stayed in my bathrobe, pulled my hair back, and worked to help Nathan get out the door on time.

Nothing fancy today for breakfast, I just reheated some pancakes I had cooked over the weekend and spread them with butter and jam. But as I handed them to Nathan at the door, he smiled and said, "I know you're sick, but you just look so cute. Bathrobe, belly sticking out the front, handing me my breakfast. Just add a toddler on the hip and this is from three years down the road." I looked down at my white socked feet and laughed. Let me tell you, only one in love could think this sick body was anywhere close to cute. I love my husband.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chinese Earthquake

I wanted to post a quick note to everyone that both Nathan and I are fine. Many people in the states are hearing about the most recent Chinese earthquake that took place in Qing Hai province. Qing Hai is VERY far away from Qing Dao, however Nathan is currently traveling on a school trip to a small city just 400 miles away from the epicenter. Thankfully the shocks must have gone in a different direction as they did not feel even a tremor of the 6.9 earthquake.

Please think of the victims and survivors of the earthquake. The closest town (and hardest hit) estimates that 85% of its buildings were destroyed. Around 70,000 people live in the village and so there are now many homeless. The death toll continues to rise and there are still many buried in the debris. As the town is so remote at 13,000 feet above sea level, they are having difficulty getting help and supplies into the region.

Praise Him that the school trip did not feel a thing and is having a great time hiking and seeing the beautiful views of the Tibetan plateau!