Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hello there, friend,

I am writing to you utterly exhausted. I haven't gotten a full night's sleep in six days and this cold has devolved into a relentless headache and persistent cough. I had high hopes last night that I would drift off and feel better today. Instead, I was up half the night and this morning my husband called to make me a doctor's appointment. I'm headed there in a bit.

I've come to realize that I have trouble letting others take care of me. Maybe it's being a mom or that I've been steering the ship while my husband's been away, but I always feel like I can do it all. That's simply not true. As much as they need me to take care of things, I also need them -- and not just my family, but also my friends. Taking care of each other, taking care of ourselves, giving grace and forgiveness and encouragement -- these things are so fundamental, so human. And today I'm in the thick of it, hoping to feel better soon and let these people wash their love over me.