I Love Feeling Normal

I’m sharing Grayson’s story tomorrow with my MOPS group and I’ve been writing out my “speech” all day, chunks at a time. I’ve written the story of the past 3 1/2 years a good amount of times, but each time I do, it’s emotionally draining and difficult to compress so many experiences and uncertainty into a brief document.

This time, I decided to focus on God’s hand in our story and the specific gifts he has given us along the way: specifically Charlotte. This week, I have been reminded just what a blessing it is to have a healthy child. Charlotte was sick this week and we had to see the doctor for her first ever sick visit. Turns out, she had a double ear infection and bad sinus infection. Reluctantly, I filled her first ever prescription and she is just about good as new today.

What a difference it is handling illness with a healthy child versus one who is not! Although we had some rough moments, and I was bummed that she missed school Thursday and therefore I missed my day “off”, it really was just a bump in the road. No fear of ending up in the hospital and no agonizing decisions of how to treat symptoms. We just handled it, and moved on. Normal.

I love feeling normal.

There are other “normal” things I am loving right now too. I bought Frozen, and Charlotte and I watched it together (well, she watched some of it). We were snuggled up on the couch, watching a Disney movie. That’s what people do with their kids right? Normal.

I love feeling normal.

On Saturday, we went to watch a parade of dog rescue groups. Ryan and Grayson stayed back, but I held Charlotte right up front as she squealed at the dozens of dogs who paraded by. After the parade, we went to a restaurant where the three of us split a pizza and Grayson chilled out with his Veggies. I almost have to pinch myself that I’m now the mom with a toddler who sits in a restaurant high chair and eats actual food with the rest of the family. Normal.

I love feeling normal.

I hope as Charlotte grows, I will always be enchanted by the experiences we have together. I never want to take normal for granted, because “normal” is not everyone’s normal. It’s special, it’s a gift, and I love it.


  1. Traci Westbrook on April 7, 2014 at 1:31 am

    happy happy post! 🙂

  2. Erin on April 7, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Normal is great! Sort of like boring is great too! It's nice to be boring and not swamped or chaotic. I'm very happy for all this normal for you!

  3. Esperanza on April 7, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I doubt you'll ever take normal for granted. Not ever. 😉

  4. Down On The Farm on April 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Normal is truly a gift. Sadly few people realize just what a blessing “normal” really is. You enjoy every second of “normal” with sweet Charlotte!!!

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