Counting 1000 Gifts

by Dawn Oaks on April 30, 2013 · 0 comments

I recently read Ann Voskamp’s book, A Thousand Gifts. The book itself was a gift from a family in our homeschool group and turned out to be a gift to my heart. Relating to the writings of the author as she related her quest for one thousand gifts was something that almost felt like finding another human being that shows you your own reflection. You see, Ann Voskamp is also a farmer’s wife, a Christian, a writer, a mom to more than the socially acceptable 2.5 children, and is homeschool educator.

Each day, or even from hour to hour, it has become a constant quest to find the secret gifts in the everyday occurrences of life. Allow me to share one of the special gifts from this weekend.

Our youngest son awoke not feeling well on Saturday morning due to an allergy attack. It is that time of the year after all. He was determined to not let it get him down. He had big plans ~ his best buddy’s birthday party with all the works. The highlight of the day was the nerf wars, food, nerf wars, food, nerf wars, cake, nerf wars…..  Toward the end of the day, the dad went all out and built a bonfire. Bonfires are really cool to any boy, but do not always make the best friends with allergies.

When I went to pick up our son, his voice was hoarse, his head congested, and his cough was very barky. I saw lots of quality time on the couch ahead of us that evening into the wee hours of the morning. This mom decided she was not about to go down without her own war. Doctor mom enters the scene. We had Euclyptus Oil in the shower for an all natural breathing treatment, some of our favorite homeopathics to help break up the congestion, and a few drops of lobelia to open up those airways. He slept quite well all evening.  However, in the morning, he still felt pretty horrible and was determined that he would die. After all, in his almost 9 years of accruing wisdom, he decided he would never get better. Every time he coughed the germs would go flying out of his mouth only to be sucked back in through his nose when he gasped in more air. Nine year old boy logic at its best.

Where is the gift in all this you might ask?  The gift was hidden in his complaints about how awful he felt and his determination that his days were limited. You see when this fella was much younger, he was sick almost constantly with allergy related symptoms. He was always congested, coughing, and droopy. It was his normal. He never complained or whined about it because it was the only existence he knew.

The very fact that he has been healthy long enough that he realized that he was miserable was the gift. It was the reminder of the gift of all those healthy days that we had all started taking for granted. Actually the gifts have always been there. My vision was what needed adjusting.

I am glad to report that he is completely renewed and ready to take on the world. His stuffy nose, barky cough, and watery eyes have all taken a trek into the high pasture.

Stay tuned for another post on the gift that is hidden in tomorrow. Until then feel free to share the gifts in your life so we can rejoice together. If you have any questions about some of the things we have done to help our son overcome his allergies, feel free to leave a post or shoot me an email. I’d love to talk natural health with you.

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