Last night my dad and stepmom came over. I had cooked a light meal, this was our holiday gathering with them. These are normally a huge source of stress for me as to much water that has passed under the bridge between me and my stepmom. Since I got hurt 3 years ago and then continued to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain and so forth, I feel like all of this falls on deaf ears. They like to tell me what my stepbrother does for them and I'm always saying, I'm sick with four kids and a husband who is working 80 hours per week, I don't have the time, energy or money to do much besides what absolutely has to be done. I have felt like they thought I was just complaining for the fun of it. Well, their Pastor's wife has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and just recently they have talked to her rather extensively about this. She told them that she can't imagine how I can do it with four kids and manage to have the house not look like a total junkyard. She said that I must have strong willpower to be able to get up and do this daily and that is pretty amazing. Well, truth be told my house is very disorderly, I only do what has to be done and my girls are huge helper's and I am blessed to have them as they give me a reason to get up and move every day. Anyway,now my dad and stepmom seem to have a greater understanding of my situation and for that I am thankful. It just irritates me that it had to come from someone else for them to get this understanding of what I'm dealing with. I felt better about them as they left last night than I have in years. A small Christmas blessing I would call it.