Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year

The past week is a bit of a blur.  I’d like to say it’s because Christmas was so magical that I can’t describe the joy.  But instead I must report a terrible bout of flu that has hit all 11 of us, starting on December 23 and still hanging on.

Yes, we spent Christmas with 4 of the kids lying on the couch opening presents like it was about the last thing they wanted to do.  One was so sick she could barely lift her head and Levi pulled things out of his stocking and without even looking at them would drop them on the floor and close his eyes….tortured by the whole, terrible gift opening requirement.  The 5 kids that were well enough to enjoy it were falling down sick by the evening.

No decking the halls around here.

I, myself, made it through Christmas and didn’t get sick until the weekend.  I don’t seem to be as bad as the rest of the bunch, which is a blessing since someone has to be making soup and washing sheets.

I am pretty sure I have washed more sheets than your average person washes over the holiday week, including hotel maids and hospital janitors.

But you know what?  It still been a sweet time and we are all together and I think it will go down in all of our memories as a very special Christmas.  It’s oddly relaxing.  To me it will always be known as the “Great Flu of 2013”.

While it will probably dampen our usual New Year’s Eve festivities of drinking sparkling cider and falling asleep by 10:00 even though we want to stay awake until midnight, we will carry on.  We may not see the ball drop, but the celebratory coughing will ring in the new year with gusto!

Who needs fireworks anyway?


  1. Oh dear – so sorry you have all been sick! What a blessing that you planned to be at home together for a quiet family celebration and not traveling to visit family when it hit! We had the respiratory flu last December for 3 long weeks and it was quite taxing. My husband escaped, but the three of us ‘lost’ pretty much the whole month with sickness and all of our plans were wiped out – making me EXTRA thankful for good health this year! Rest, fluids and recover well! I’ll keep praying for you!

  2. We had invited guests for Christmas and they called in sick… it was disappointing, but I felt bad for them! They were all sick for 5 days. 🙁 So after my kids wept with disappointment, we ate dinner at a half-empty table and carried on! Sorry you were sick! No fun.

  3. Oh so sorry to hear that, but we too have been dealing with the “flu”…My daughter was supposed to visit a friend, but had to postpone her trip…Praise the Lord she recovered quickly. We have had a sprinkling here and there with the flu, but not lasting long or wiping us all out at one time. Praying for your recovery:! Happy New Year!!

  4. I trust that everyone will feel better soon!

  5. Oh Lisa,
    Sorry to hear that yall have been sick! 🙁
    We, had a slower and more than normal quiet holiday as well
    due to Daddy getting what the children had a few weeks prior…age (maturing I mean) or what it took him down.
    Still, it can be a ok time any way 🙂
    We will pray that you will all be well soon and back on to what is normal for your home! 😉
    I know you will enjoy the New Year in what ever you do, you are together and that is a blessings!
    Happy New year and may it be a year a growing closer to the Lord, each other, happiness, health and many memories made! 🙂
    Blessings to you~

  6. a few years ago my husband unknowingly infested his entire family on Christmas Eve Eve so most of them were sick for Christmas. (somehow our family missed it- maybe we had already had the bug). some of them are still mad at him, but some of them enjoyed having an excuse to stay home for Christmas, even if it did mean washing all of the sheets in the house. 🙂 i hope everyone feels better soon!!!

  7. So sorry to hear of your family being sick this Christmas season. I hope you all feel better soon. I guess if there is an upside, at least you were together……….Blessings for the new year!

  8. Lots of us have been sick too, though the worst of our illness came a day or so after Christmas. Hope everyone is better there soon!

  9. I am so sorry you guys were sick!!! last yeaar we were sick till the 20th and then on the 26 th throught the 29 well anyways hope you guys feel better