The Miracle of Hands

by Stefani on 5-April-2010

Hello, and a happy, fresh, sun-shiney new spring week to you!

Thank you all so much for your advice and well wishes. It was a tough row to hoe, but I’m finally coming to the other side of my poison ivy incident. It was ugly there for a while…. hands so swollen that I couldn’t make a fist, painful, angry blisters and a mama who sometimes just could NOT bear up, but instead withered into a pitiful puddle of tears and moaning.

The good news? I learned how grateful I really should be, every single day, for the use of two strong hands. I had a lot of time to sit and think about all the wonderful things my hands have done for me… babies held in the wee hours, letters penned, bread kneaded and flowers planted, tears wiped away and seams sewn. My life happens in the work of my hands.

I’m sure there will come a time, probably all too soon, when I forget to be mindful of the enormous blessing of healthy hands, but for today I am so very grateful for this everyday miracle… for the ability to touch and to work and to hold on tight.

My gallant young knights are awfully grateful for mama’s hands now too. They made such a valiant effort at coming to my rescue. They did dishes. They cooked. They folded clothes. They swept. They checked their school work against teacher’s guides. They hugged and they helped with all their might. They did me proud.

On Easter Sunday my eldest prayed, “Thank you, Lord, for giving mama’s hands back to her. We sure needed them.”

Well, amen to that!

I hope that your Easter was full of reasons to be grateful and miracles, both big and small, to celebrate.

Cassandra April 5, 2010 at 11:27 am

So very glad to hear you’re feeling better!

Mama Urchin April 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

So glad you are feeling better. I don’t generally get poison ivy but Stefan gets it terribly.

Stefani April 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

You know I’ve never had it like this either. From time to time I’ve gotten just a small patch, and it’s just a little irritation… nothing at all like THIS. I have such a newfound respect for that evil little plant. I’ll be keeping my distance!

Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie April 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm

What a sweet prayer, and so true. As Mama’s our hands are our livelihood. I’m so glad that yours are back to normal. An Easter Restoration.


Stefani April 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

Exactly! I hope that your easter was a wonderful celebration as well!

Lindsey April 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

OH, I’m SO glad you’re healing! We went out bluebonnet hunting today, and while walking the trails at Washington-on-the-Brazos State park, I sternly advised my kids to stay away from ANY AND ALL viney, three-leafed-
growing on or near trees, or otherwise suspicious growth! I remembered your recent plight and I shudder to think what you’ve been suffering!

Happy Easter! God bless you!

Stefani April 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

And God bless you as well, Lindsey!
Did you find some bluebonnets? We’ve yet to take our yearly photos. First the poison ivy, and now it’s raining and one of my men is under the weather. They’re everywhere right now though. I just hope they hold out a little longer!

Valarie Budayr April 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

I’m so glad you are feeling better and that your little men were so helpful. Have a great day Stefani.

Aimee April 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

So glad you are feeling better! Aren’t children amazing? I constantly feel blessed to have my children. They are great people and a great help to me, especially when I need it most. I love your son’s prayer as well. I never know exactly what it going to come out when my kids pray, but it almost always makes me smile.

Stefani April 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

The really , truly are amazing. I’m forever impressed, especially as they grow older, at the sincerity and earnestness of their prayers. I’m so glad that I get the chance to hear them.

Relyn April 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

“We sure needed them.” Now if that isn’t a testimony to motherhood, I’ve never heard one. Oh, thank God for the gift of children and the joy in being a parent.

Dawn April 9, 2010 at 3:21 am

So happy to hear you are back in action. Your little men are just too sweet for words!

I know someone mentioned it on the *#@* post… but I thought I would chime in about Tecnu… My husband used to come in contact with poison oak a lot at work in California and he gets blisters at just the sight of it. When he would get back from the field he would wash down with tecnu and also wash down his truck and clothes. Even the oil left on his boots would sometimes give him blisters!! Washing with the Tecnu helped a lot… just another tool for the arsenal you are building up! 🙂

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