mainly b/c i had emergency surgery in the beginning of June! had both my appendix and my gall bladder taken out all at one time. I was bad off, and didn't know it!
anyway, my mother, sister, mother-in-law and father-in-law were all here for us, helping with the children, cooking and cleaning, and being dawlin lil lifesavers in general. i'm not sure how we'd have managed without any of them. my mom and sister came to keep the girls while i was in the hospital, and to care for me at home when i came home. then, after a couple of days, my in laws came up to stay with us so mom and sister could go back home. then mom came back for a couple days, and took the three big girls back home with her for almost a week. they are all life savers!
next week we have our SCA event (www.sca.org or www.gleannabhann.org). i think i'll be thankful when it's all over. it's a lot of work, but i hope it'll be worth it!