You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one):
- Your husband got transferred and you have now moved cross country, separated from your family or community support system.
- Your husband has been deployed and you pray for his safety while holding down the fort alone.
- The morning sickness has lasted five months, and shows no sign of slowing.
- The house burned down and the rental you finally found, sparsely furnished with blessings from the community, has been “home” for longer than you’d expected.
- The test came back malignant.
- You are now the sole caregiver for an elderly relative.
- The builders have been saying, “Just two more weeks…” for two years.
- Or ____(fill in the crisis)__________
Even the “good” stress of joyful events, such as that one tiny bleep on the ultrasound that turned out to be three, or the upcoming wedding or family reunion, can blindside us. Ah, the best-laid plans...