Project 365 {week 39}

I feel like I can never make a pronouncement of greatness without something crappy happening right afterward.

Last week I told you all things were awesome in Sluiter Nation.

And they really are.

However.

This week was tough.

I fought a cold, had a three-day training that took me out of my classroom, and…

we got some heart-shattering news.

I can’t share that news because it’s not my story to tell,

but we are sick with grief in our family.

But time doesn’t stop for grief, does it?

It rolled on this week.

September 22: weekly cookie post-church service.

September 22: weekly cookie post-church service.

September 23: This is what I have lined up next to my desk. Bad cold. Blah.

September 23: This is what I have lined up next to my desk. Bad cold. Blah.

September 24: I'm not the only one who is super tired. It's early in the week and we are already getting our booties kicked.

September 24: I’m not the only one who is super tired. It’s early in the week and we are already getting our booties kicked.

 

September 25: Day 2 of my training called Capturing Kids' Hearts. I miss my classes.

September 25: Day 2 of my training called Capturing Kids’ Hearts. I miss my classes.

 

September 26: This day. This day was hard. I'm blessed to have this little man who is so good at making his momma and daddy smile.

September 26: This day. This day was hard. I’m blessed to have this little man who is so good at making his momma and daddy smile.

September 27: Long week at school for me, but love the reminders of the great fun my boys have all day long!

September 27: Long week at school for me, but love the reminders of the great fun my boys have all day long!

 

September 28: Legos are funny.

September 28: Legos are funny.

This week was hard.

I know I am being vague, and that is all I can give you right now.

But upcoming weeks will also be very hard.

Next to the grief, however, there will be joy.

And while we pray through the grief, we will be clinging to the joy.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. My love and thoughts with you and your family. xoxo

  2. Sending you many hugs and much love. Kids always seem to be the answer when life gets rough.Their faith and undeniable love and joy in times when we see so little good are just the things a thirsty spirit needs..

  3. Sending you love strength and Vitamin C! xoxo

  4. So sorry it was a rough week, Katie. I try to remember that those deep dark times in our lives allow us to appreciate the wonderful highs all that much more. Hugs – xoxo.

  5. I’m so sorry about your week. I hope you’re feeling better and next week is a little better for you and your family. xoxo

  6. ((((()))) thinking of you.

  7. So sorry about your week. I often seem to experience the good only if there is bad around. I wish you and your family lots of strength and support for whatever it is you are going through. Hang in there. xx

  8. Thinking of you and yours.

  9. I love looking at your pictures, seeing the little snippets of your week and your family through your lens.

    I am so sorry that you are hurting and that someone you love it hurting too, please know that I’m keeping you inside my heart, my friend.

    HUGS.

  10. I’m going to highlight the positive and say that the photo of you and Eddie warms my heart SO much. He’s turning into a big kid pretty fast! ;-0 Love ya!

  11. Their faces, their smiles, make me happy. Let their smiles work some sort of hurt diminishing voodoo.

  12. The joys that children bring us are never so apparent as when we are sad. I am so thankful for them, and especially in the hard times. Love and prayers to you and your family. xoxo