Tonight I am running a fever again. We have been dealing with sickness quite a bit this week. We think we are better and then we find out we really are not. Oh well. This to shall pass. Even in the midst of sickness there is a lot to laugh about and be thankful for!

I had to share a story about Aaron(age 4) from our supper table this evening. He was again discussing what he wants to be when he grows up (This has been something he has loved to talk about for over a year now). He said he wanted to be a soldier first and the President last (for a long time). We wondered what he wanted to be in between and he thought he would be a fireman after a soldier and then probably a garbage collector (Not the one who drives the truck but the one who gets to stand on the outside and attach the can). I wonder if the our garbage collectors realize how much they are looked up to? While we were chuckling about the going from a garbage collector to President (something that I think would be a first) Aaron did some thinking. A moment later he decided that maybe he didn't really want to be a garbage collector, He wasn't sure that he wanted to live at the dump.

This evening Aaron wanted to dress up. This is his rendition of a female monkey. (The mittens on the feet make him a monkey.)

Today while I was not feeling so hot I felt so incredibly blessed to have Mara for my daughter. She is so helpful when she knows I don't feel so good. She is so sweet and sympathetic and offers to do above and beyond what she is required to do.

This evening I wanted to read something from the Bible and I just happened to open at Psalm 103. That is such an encouraging chapter! I want to share it with you. I am bolding some of the things that jumped out at me.

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of his benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgement for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
He acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on hi children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
As for Man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more.
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.
And His righteousness to children's children,
To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!