Monday, July 27, 2009

 The five days that made this lady realize some more how incredibly blessed she really is...

Because for the past five days I have done it all on my own -
The mommy thing, (Tried my best at) The substitute daddy thing. (Doesn't work BTW) The disciplining, The running around, Errands with three little monkeys, Daily swimming lessons, Keeping up on housework, The hugs, The lovin', The disciplining (um, yeah - lots of that here), The meals, The clean up, The bath time, The bed time, The diapers, The crafting, So many things. Much that I am used to, and do on a daily basis, - but also, much that he does. I have realized once again how over the top blessed I am. He is such an involved husband and father. He does so much around here. I guess sometimes it takes the absence of some one we love for us to really noticed how helpful, selfless, and giving they are Not only was he gone, but we have had no contact for five days (no cell service where he was going). I had been dreading these five days, really. At the same time I so much wanted him to have some time for him. Just wilderness. Just guys. Just fishing. Just canoes. Just Bibles. Just buddies. Just roughin' it. No diapers. No pregnant wife's back and feet to rub. No fixing dinner for the fam. No errands. No taxi service. These are all things he does willingly and lovingly, but every now and then every one deserves a break. And oh my did he ever! I knew I would miss all of the extra help - especially since everything takes a little bit more effort for me these days. But what I have missed even more was just him. His presence. His voice. The way his eyes crinkle when he smiles. His sense of humor. The way he calls every morning at 8:00 am, already 2 hours into his work day, to tell me "good morning" and "I love you". The way we talk about little insignificant things and really laugh together. And the way he is home by mid afternoon most days. Besides being some one I really love - he's some one I really like. In a few minutes I will leave for my volunteer job at the crisis pregnancy center while my mother-in-law watches the boys. By the time I get back he should be close to home. I will see him for the first time since Thursday at 6 am (and let's face it - I didn't really see him at 6 am. I kind of grunted a sleepy "good bye", but that's even a stretch.) and I will see him through the eyes of one who really, really gets how blessed she is. I can hardly wait!

9 comments:

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

So glad you have survived! They really do more than we ever realize. Thank God for our wonderful men!

It was so glad to see you yesterday. Sorry I didn't get more time with you. Did I mention that Scrap night is August 13th? Maybe you could get a girl's night out! It would be great to see you for a little longer.

Enjoy getting your hubby back!

Anne Elizabeth said...

Loved this post:) Enjoy having your man back! I bet your boys missed him A LOT too!

Lois Lane II said...

One of my friends could sympathize with you. =) She has a one year old, and her husband has been gone for five weeks training for the Nat'l Guard...but he's coming home Thursday!!! Hooray for hubbys coming home!!

Leslie said...

so glad he is almost home.

we are all such blessed women, for sure.

Lindsay said...

Praying your {welcoming comittee} was just what he was looking forward to :)

Great post & a one that your husband will appreciate too.

Print it out for him :) and for your boys ... they've got a great role model!

Heather of the EO said...

As the wife of a traveling for work husband, I TOTALLY get this.

Ryan had the boys for the four days I was in Chicago and he had the same experience.

It's good for both of us every once and awhile. He really does SOOOO much.

I got all weepy while reading the paragraph about just missing HIM.

Mama Belle said...

So glad he's home.

Mel said...

hooray he is home!!! i bet it was a sweet reunion.

esty said...

Wen, I had no idea we were so similar. What a revelation you are! I too love my volunteering at the crisis preg. center (will be there tomorrow actually) and have those 3 little baby boys. I had no idea you and Dave had one already in Heaven. Amazing.I am grateful to be the "sister" of such a wonderful, lovely woman. Punch Dave for me - he done good.
Let's stalk all the time. xoxox E