yesterday i got slammed with sickness. sore throat, congestion, body aches, headache, chills, followed immediately by hot sweats. it has knocked me out and dave has taken care of me so thoughtfully and lovingly. yesterday after church i took a long nap and he let me keep sleeping while he took care of the kids and made dinner. after the kids were in bed he read to me (tonight too) and rubbed my neck and back because my body hurt so bad. he got me whatever i needed, rubbed essential oils on me and at 1:45 am when i was so upset because i couldn't sleep, he hopped online to try and figure out what was wrong with me. and then he gave me a priesthood blessing (the best service by far) and blessed me to be able to sleep. and today i couldn't help but think, this is true love. it isn't glamorous, but it is real and it is lasting and it is the simple, but significant service, that binds our hearts together even closer. it made me think of president hinckley's statement, "i am satisfied that a happy marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one’s companion." i don't mean this sound overly dramatic when obviously i just have a cold or the flu (although i can't remember the last time i felt so completely awful), but it made me so grateful to have dave by my side through everything, happy and hard and to have chosen someone who has such an "anxious concern for [my] comfort and well-being." i love you baby!
and two tender mercies from the lord today: both of my kids took 3.5 hour afternoon naps, which meant i got to spend 3.5 hours in bed resting and sleeping. and my sweet friend debbie brought us dinner (and medicine) so we didn't have to worry about it. she is the most service-minded person i know and i hope i can be more like her in recognizing someone's needs and then just jumping in and helping.