Sunday, August 06, 2006

August 6th: My in-between-day

Normally, I do not post on a Sunday. Sunday's are intentionally family day around our household. This morning is a quiet morning as hubby is on an airplane flying to Naples, Florida. ALL children are still sleeping (lazy slugs!) as we had a family celebration last night; our 2nd born turned 24 yesterday! It was a day filled with priceless memories and an evening of memory making celebration. It is our tradition that on each of our children's birthday, we spend the evening together for dinner. Curt's favorite restaurant is Ichiban's (a Japanese Steakhouse) so the crew met at 7:00 p.m. and the party began! It was a pleasant evening in Mpls. last night--inside and outside. August 5th is always a day of celebration--it is the day that, in 1982, my first son was born. He did not arrive without complications; he was my 2nd premature delivery. However, even at 36 weeks (after spending 6 weeks on bedrest to avoid delivery) he weighed in at 8 lbs 4 ounces, 21 inches long, with head and shoulders measuring at 15 in. After a very short labor, he was born posterior, with the help of several nurses pushing on my pregnant belly and the Dr. using forceps. As he was whisked off to the Neo-natal specialist (who had never seen such a large preemie!), I was moved to a recovery room to wait for the health report for my little bruiser. While I was waiting, I began to feel uncomfortable (to say the least) and it was soon discovered that I was experiencing internal bleeding. As my blood pressure dropped and I began to experience the sensation of levitating on my gourney--I began to argue with God, while the nursing staff scurried to prepare me for surgery. I was sure I was dying; what a way to mark a day!

Needless to say--I was wrong! While there was some confusion as to who would sign the surgery sign-off as I was floating into unconsciousness and my husband had left the building, (where do they go?).....the surgery commenced and I woke up feeling a little groggy, but just fine. As a matter of fact, my little bruiser of a preemie was hungry and they brought him to me for his first meal. I love August 5th!

I love August 6th! It is my between-day; the day between my first son's birth-day and my husband's, August 7th, birth-day. Each August 6th represents a 24 hour period of gratitude and anticipation. It is the day that I wake up smiling, remembering the birthday celebration the night before and awaiting the birthday celebration of tomorrow. It is the day I hug my bruiser, now 6'4" tall, and remind him that no matter how big he gets--I'll always be his Mom! It is the day I phone my mother-in-law and tell her how happy I am that she did such a great job raising her son and thank her for sharing her son with me! My in-between-day is a blessed day.

I imagine every day is an in-between-kind-of-day! Think about it! We don't know what our tomorrows hold--yet we get so lost in the busy-ness of today that we don't even stop to celebrate and be grateful for what we have this very moment. How does THAT happen! When we do this, we are preparing for future regrets! Yet, no matter how many times I think about this throughout the year, no matter how many days whiz bye without a moments gratefulness, I still only hold dear one (out of 365 opportunities) in-between day.

When my youngest sister died some years ago, I did not know that Sunday, January 29th, was the last in-between-day she would have: her last Sunday with family and her first day in heaven the next Monday morning. She died at the age of 35 years old; unexpectedly, suddenly, and in her sleep. Congestive heart failure--so many more heart beats expected, so many conversations lost. Had I known it was an in-between day, I would have celebrated accordingly.

Maybe it is only appropriate that I review this lesson on my in-between-day. Will you join me as we make the time to reflect and rejoice for each day? What happened in your life yesterday that is worthy of a long-pause to reflect and give gratitude for? What is so deeply meaningful that you simply must raise your heart toward heaven and shout, "THANKS!" Whether it is the first meal of a new born bruiser, I mean, baby, or the last words of a beloved sibling--there is always something to be thankful for! What there isn't room for in our regret! So get busy, with me, and treat this day--as the first of 365 days in-between-days we have been given each year.

August 6th: my in-between-day; a day for reminiscing and expectation. Hold me accountable, will you? Ask me in days to come, "what have you done to mark each in-between-day since!" I will do the same, if you wish. Let's remember to make time for gratitude and blessed anticipation each day--no matter the day. And on this cherished in-between-day, I am grateful for the time we have spent together.


MugwumpMom said...

What an awesome post. I like that in between day!
I can't imagine how large your bruiser would have been had he not been a premie!
I'm also sorry to hear of your sister's passing. That must have been a hard time for you.

Hope your Sunday has been an excellent in between day.


Andrew said...

What a powerful testament to that good advice - leave each day as if it were your last.

To Love, Honor and Dismay

Dawn said...

You always have such good words of wisdom. Today was special in our family - my parents' 60th anniversary. My husband and I got to sing a special song for them tonight - "Cherish the Treasure."

Happy birthdays!! And Happy in-between day!

Brenda said...

Happy in-between day! I always find such wisdom and encouragement in your posts. Thank you for sharing!

Diane said...

What precious memories and good times, Diane. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Vicki said...

Yes, this ia a very meaningful post for me. Thanks so much. What a big preemie you had!:-) We just had our 2nd preemie grandbaby last week, and was on pins and needles at first when they whisked her off to NICU to put her on a ventilator. I started recalling my own three births many years ago--they were all fine, it was ME that nearly can chuckle now.

Anyway, our baby Peyton made it home yesterday, thank the Lord!

Thankful for you and the wisdom you continue to share with all of us. God bless you all the days of your life!

Dawn said...

Yes, to your comment on my post. I was so thrilled when I spoke to my son about this and he loved the article. It was so right on that it had to be God putting it in that periodical at that moment!

There's much more to share and I will.

Margaret said...

=O( My hubby will be coming home from Florida tommorrow morning. It has been an entire 2 weeks and one day.

I do miss him, but... I sure had fun while he was gone! -Margie

C. H. Green said...

Glad you're having some great celebratory days! Enjoy them to the fullest.

Heather Smith said...

Great reminder! I agree, we should treat each day as precious because none of us is promised a tomorrow. Why spend any of those days wallowing in regret! Thanks for reminding me!

Linda said...

Thank you for visiting my site. Your writing is beautiful. We too have learned to cherish every day. I think it is one of the big benefits of suffering; it tends to make us grateful for the really important things in life - the relationships with loved ones. I'm also thankful our days are in His hands.

Kristen said...

Happy In-Between-Day, Diane! (a day late) and happy birthday to your husband!

What a great reminder that we never know when it's our last day. Very scary thought for me. I don't like to think about things like that, but it's true.

I'm glad Curt had a great birthday!

Jan said...

Great post, and food for thought. Thanks.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

what a wonderful idea! lately I have really been focusing on appreciating each day, whether it is a "good" day or a not as good day. I am so blessed to have my little family safe, healthy and close. I know it will not always be this way so I am really trying to focuse on cherishing each second.

thanks for the great reminder.

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