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Free At Last! Free At Last!

It's Fifth Disease. That's what the rash was. Is. Fifth Disease. Which is no longer contagious after the rash appears. Which means . . . MY KIDS CAN GO TO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!! I have the doctor's signed note and everything.

Also, today I finally got out of the house. Brent let me help chaperon Riley's field trip to the farm this morning while he took the others to the doctor. It felt fantastic to be out in the open, breathing fresh farm air (crop farm, not animal farm) and feeling the warm sun on my face. I feel like a new woman.

Lastly, today I gave my two weeks notice at my gym job. That was a difficult decision to make because I really have enjoyed the past four years there. I like all of my co-workers and even some of the children. However, between my family responsibilities (ahem, sick kids), church responsibilities, and painting, I just felt like I was spreading myself too thin. I haven't been to work in three weeks and in the next few months I'm going to be needing a ton of time off again. I finally decided that it just wasn't fair to make everyone else pick up my slack any more. I was nervous about it at first, wondering if I was doing the right thing or the selfish thing. Tonight I feel good about it. Really good. Perhaps that's the farm air talking . . .


  1. Congratulations on your newly found FREEDOM! Freedom from illness.
    Freedom from annoying work.
    Freedom to make a living doing what you love with the talents God gave you!
    Freedom to serve in whatever capacity without feeling guilty!
    Life is good for you! You deserve it!
    Hooray for the Gregsons!

  2. Fifth disease? I can't believe your kids haven't had that yet. . . mine all got it as babies, which goes to show how poorly I did at keeping them from germs as infants. Once they hit school you've got no choice. Oh well.

  3. They actually had it last summer, but THIS time there were no tell-tale pink cheeks. It just started on their bodies so I thought it must be something else. Oh well. And pray tell how you are supposed to avoid spreading an illness that is only contagious when there are no outward symptoms! My years working with kids at the gym have made me overly cautious about spreading germs and disease, but I guess sometimes it just can't be helped.


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