The day after mine and Logan's birthday Zach left to go to Denver for a training class. He was gone for 6 nights and 5 days, not that I was counting, and checking them off and praying that the time would go by quickly.
I'm always excited when he goes somewhere fun for work and I get to go with him but I am never excited when he goes somewhere for work and I am left alone. Not that anyone is excited to have their husband traveling so I know this is a shared feeling. When I am gone for a day or a girl's weekend or something He never fails to let me know how thankful he is for everything I do. Being left alone with three boys that you have to clothe, feed, and keep track of and a house that you have to not let get too destroyed definitely brings out a thankful heart.
Same goes for me when he is gone. The daily things aren't too big of a deal. I get them ready for school everyday and pick them up and help with the homework and make the dinner and all that on a daily basis anyway. It's after dinner when there's the clean up of kitchen and children, and then the reading of the stories before bed and the praying and the singing,when my heart deeply misses my other half. Don't get me wrong, I miss him during the day too but at least then I can just pretend he is still at work! Added to the normal schedule there was also Connor's Thanksgiving program at school and a Thanksgiving Feast to be eaten twice in one day and doing it alone was just no fun.
Though I can be truly satisfied in the Lord alone, life is just more enjoyable with my baby by my side. God said it was not good for man to be alone, I am only assuming it's not good for women either. I love having my encourager, my sanity provider, my partner, my fellow parent, my escape if needed, my cuddler at the end of the day. I prayed more for single mothers last week than I have in a long time. My heart was opened up to them in a new and fresh way with a desire to figure out how to reach out in assistance or at the very least show the love and grace that is so needed during times of frustration and struggle. Will you pray too?