poor thing. but these are the times that i'm so thankful for modern medicine, in the form of antibiotics. so, so thankful. i wonder what people did when there were no antibiotics? surely they got bacterial infections? did they use natural remedies? did they even know the difference between viral vs. bacterial infections, to know which remedy to apply? did they just die, like, all the time, from basic ear infections? this is something i'd love to research. it's that history degree i earned, begging to be useful, i guess.
anyway, i've been reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, and have started my list [of gifts, things i'm thankful for]. though i am generally anti-medicine, antibiotics definitely made that list. you guys: YOU HAVE TO READ this book. it has truly started a revolution of gratitude, as Ann wrote on her blog yesterday:
what i love most about her book so far, is that she gives you a very practical and simple way to begin a journey toward true joy. it's not just her experience, or a bunch of abstract ideas, or something you have to really sit and think about, hoping you'll be able to apply to your life... you DO it, you just start writing down the gifts, and then watch as God transforms your heart.
some of the things on my list so far:
#6. a shelf of books. some read, some started, some waiting. all full of wisdom.
#9. fresh vacuum lines, and the husband who creates them near daily.
#18. the realization that He is truly setting me FREE, from so many strongholds, so many old ways.
#24. those tiny white flowers budding on the tree, a promise.
#29. warm showers. daily. a luxury i take for granted.
#31. a refrigerator full of food. again, a luxury.
#36. sparkling clean water, whenever i want it.
#48. a bowl full of tangerines, and more where that came from:
[i'm a litle late to the link party. double ear infections, remember?]