What a day - Aria MacDonald

What a day

Been going over in my head as to whether I was going to blog about this.

This week has been pretty busy.  The grandparents left and there was lots more emotion associated to that than I thought there would be.  We have been having problems with Aria’s heartrate and O2 stat machine not reading correctly.  Lots of frustrating phone calls later we are hoping for a solution tomorrow.  Aria has been spike little temps too around 37.4-37.8.  38 is the magic number, if she hits that we have to call the hospital :( She has periods of great behaviour and periods were she seems unhappy and demanding.  It’s a challenge.

Today I made a decision for me, to attend a meeting to do something that needs to be done.  I left Hamish with the kids this morning and walked to the car.  I had left it unlocked last night.  Do you remember me saying Hamish and I have been doing stupid things with keys and carseats.  Last night was my turn.  Needless to say my heart sank when I saw our stereo face plate gone and it sank further when I opened the glove box and saw my very handy GPS gone :(  I am from South Auckland, I should know better.  Despite it’s reputation, this is only the 2nd time I have been a victim of crime.  Manurewa 1 Omaha 1

I decided not to go to my meeting and went upstairs for a cry, along the lines of ‘we are parents of a sick kid- who would steal from us’ and ‘how could I be so stupid’  Of course it wasn’t personal and whoever these people are they are we gonna love them like Jesus does. Threw away the tissues and went to play with the kiddies.  Aria had perked up and along with Asher we had some nice laughs.

There was still time to make the next meeting so I left again.  Where was I going?  No not AA.  WW actually.  There is nothing like putting it all out there too 500+ people to help you commit to something!

I was SO NERVOUS.  I shouldn’t of been.  One of the many things I love about Americans is that they are so expressive, warm and friendly.  Made for a very interesting meeting, lots of talking and tips and I sat there totally interested.  Later the leader had a little private session with me and the other newbie.  I spent 2 hours there!  Walked out feeling so positive.  The other newbie there asked me were I was from.  Turns out her brother lives in Whangerei.  The leader (who has Crohns) ask my why I was in the US.  She so was kind and hugged me and insisted I take two big WW guides and a points calculator as a gift from WW!!!  So very generous.

So yes, this is a personal blog not much about Aria but about our journey.  God so often shines His light in the darkness thru the actions of others.  Like the donut lady across the road who gives us boxes of donuts and the cashier at the hospital gave Aria her pink and purple nail polishes she hadn’t used that much.  Yeah there are some people who pinch your stuff and hurt your feelings but there are others who are super awesome.

AND Aria didn’t have a temp today and was lovely and happy all day.  Sweet girl.

God is good.

54 Responses to “What a day”

  1. susan says:

    Yeah God is Good! All the time 2!!

    Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. 1 kings 8:56

  2. Cork and Carol says:

    Thanks for sharing your life again. Life sure is full of the ups and downs and it is a real testimony of your faith and God working in your life to give Him the praise for the trials and the joys. God bless you with a good night. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  3. Sharls (from liver families) says:

    I’ve just started WW too, here in Australia….actually I have been a member many times before. My daughter is having her transplant in December (all going well) as my partner is her donor. I think I need to be as fit and strong as I can at that time and need to get rid of a lot of weight in order to do this. Good luck!!!!

  4. Leanne says:

    Good luck to you Anita on yet another journey.

  5. joyce says:

    It is good for you to be able to share the good and the bad times with us. I makes it real to us and gives a direction for our prayers daily.Praise him for the fever gone.May God continue to lead you where he wants you.Your family is so precious and he will take care of you.

  6. wendy says:

    Hi Anita – Gosh if it doesnt rain it pours!! But your calm attitude to all this will keep you strong. I admmire your strength. i hae a child with special needs – i had a liver transplant -But you have been through so much now, you can look forward to the last lap home! Good luck and all my prayers are with you.

  7. Jo says:

    You go girl! Good on you! Sounds like a huge day you’ve had today (though every day sounds like a huge day in the MacDonald family). i’ve done that before too, leaving the car unlocked (in Rewa at that!!). Stink that yours got broken in to though :(
    Oh and AMEN to that last sentence in your blog today! Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.

  8. Kathleen & Anita says:

    We sympathise with the robbery. Gives you an awful sinking feeling inside doesn’t it. May we expose our ignorance and ask what WW stands for???!!! Sounds as if it did you some good whatever it might be!
    Thank you so much for the video of the kiddies. Delightful and quite like the Aria we knew in Auckland.
    Love you lots xxxxxxxx

  9. Lisa Robertson says:

    such a shame about the stereo and GPS, but so glad that there are many other things that restore your faith in people!
    Took me a minute to figure out what WW was :) Good on you, doing good things for yourself is very important!! Love to you all xxx

  10. Stacey says:

    Girl, are you sure you need weight watchers? You look great in your pictures!

  11. Tiffany Keller says:

    I can sympathize with you on the weight loss thing. I’m trying to lose 60 pounds. I’ve lost 8 so far. It’s not easy I know, so if you ever want to share your frustrations about weight, just give me a shoutout on Facebook. :-) I pray that God will save the person who stole from you! I hope someday he, or she, will be sorry for what they’ve done! I’m glad that Aria was feeling better today! I noticed the pink nailpolish on Asher, lol. I hope you have a great day tomorrow! God Bless!

  12. Tammy says:

    Anita, blessings on your WW journey! I lost 100 lb on WW and have kept it off for almost 4 yr now. It’s an amazing program and you will love it :) . I actually found out about your blog because of it – I started racewalking to lose weight and my racewalker friend Nyle from NZ told me of your blog and asked me to pray for your family. I’ve been following Aria’s amazing progress, as my daughter Michelle is the same age (even has a birthday in June) and feel like I connect with her for that reason. God is good :) . If you have any questions about WW feel free to contact me :) .

  13. Ali/nerdygirl says:

    And I was just thinking how beautiful you are looking! Good luck, WW really works, I lost 20kg doing it. Good to be on a plan when you’re in the US too, it’s really easy to put on weight there cos the food is such a novelty!

    Love you guys.

    Ali xoxo

  14. Ann says:

    Good on you for doing something for yourself I am going to WW myself so know how you feel such an up and down journey

  15. Joan says:

    See, much good comes out of much bad. Not very good English but you know what I mean. Are you covered by insurance? So glad the temp. spikes have stopped and that the ultimately turned out well.

  16. chrissy Hallberg says:

    I guess the people who stole from you havn’t felt Jesus love.Still the lord will provide your every need,he hasn’t failed you yet,and who needs music in the car anyway(just joking).Hope you have a great weekend with temps etc stay on the level. bless you all.xxxx

  17. Raylene says:

    Look after yourself Anita. Thank you for being you and being so prepared to share so much. with love xxxx

  18. Samantha Sutherland says:

    I feel for you guys. I’m sure it feels like you are being kicked when you are down already but it’s not personal. People who steal will steal opportunistically. Your forgiveness of them shows what sort of character you have. I’m going to enjoy hearing your ww journey and wish I could do it with you! Once again it shows how people who can help you simply come when you need them and their kindness is just what you need. Good luck, look forward to having more updates and hearing that Aria has no more temp spikes.

  19. iliganoa says:

    So sorry about the firsst part but I love the end of it all – it sure turns out good – for you have shown us just how much we all must do the same – forgive all amen. Yep sis, God is soooooo good amen!

  20. Anjela says:

    I go so often to write something meaningful and thoughtful, to respond to the posts you candidly place for all to see – I consider your family situation to be challenging and intense, and you have a gift to encourage others through your experiences – but I am so lost for words much of the time, as you inspire me, uplift me, and bless me, with your honesty and grit – you teach me lots of your friendship with Jesus, and I am privileged to share the same God – thank you so much -

  21. Shirley Davy says:

    Just to say ‘snap’ on the ww front! Looking forward to sharing a bowl of hearty soup someday soon! Much love. X S

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