life the past 19 days

July 30, 2015

{ i wrote this a few weeks ago and am just now able to devote time to get pictures uploaded and post published. i am pressing forward to do it so that i have *some record of life these – crazy – days. the format is wacky after my multiple copy & paste attempts so i’m gonna just let it go and hit publish 😉 }

the last 3 weeks of my life … my hubby was gone on his longest ever trip away. ended up being 19 days when his

return flight was canceled. my deep hope and plan as he prepared to leave was to bless him with the gift of a joyful

report when we talked; no deep venting sessions about how drained i was, how hard it was to chase and wrangle and

care for boys round the clock for almost 3 weeks (although it was). he was in jackson, ms – preparing for and

then overseeing an event of tremendous scale; the actualizing of vision, the coming together of dreams and plans and

relationships years in the making. the making of history. i wanted his mind clear and free to focus.

and i am so thankful that i do believe i achieved this goal! 🙂 i chose each day, many times a day actually, to see the

joy before me: these precious kiddos, resources at hand to choose a fun activity and do it, opportunity to eat meals

out, cook lightly, and do a lot of playing.

also, the opportunity to implement and work on carrying out, the daily jobs i had created for my kids. each boy has a tracing

of their hand with their 5 JOBS: bathroom, bedroom (these done with sissy), dressed, teeth and vitamins. most days, we did

these (despite protests – from all – lol) before moving on with any fun activity. my deep desire is for my kiddos to really live

and learn: work before play. serve and sacrifice and extend before expecting to receive.

i ordered a fabulous book used from amazon with excellent concrete tips for organizing and home management and was

(awesomely, unusually) motivated to tackle some work projects of my own.

we kept the car almost totally cleaned (maintenance! ah, such an elusive concept!). i cleaned and cleared out the laundry

room, our bathroom, some of my clothes. it felt good to *purge.

i missed my man every day, throughout the day. nights were usually the hardest. he is my partner and there is that

indefinable sense of psychological relief that comes from not having to be “on” caring for little ones 24/7. for us, it is round

the clock as neither boy sleeps well and both ended up inbed with me, every night.

so there was very little space.

i am crazy beyond thankful for the help of my maddie – the way that she would suggest i make that quick trip to the store

alone some days. offering to play with her brothers, bring them upstairs with her just when i really needed just a little space.

and my mama came over and helped twice – the first time, hanging with all 3 while i got a pedi (bday gift, hooray!) and next,

*watching the boys alone for the first time* while maddie and i had a lunch date at applebees, which was totally awesome.

yahoo 🙂

the last weekend of his trip was 4th of july weekend and my cousin, her hubby and their 2 darling kiddos came to visit. what

a treat! the boys LOVED playing with their (second?) cousins.

i am sharing lots of pics here mostly as my own journal to keep and store and remember … 😉

these double decker strollers at the mall were a sanity-saver on a few trips to the mall :)

these double decker strollers at the mall were a sanity-saver on a few trips to the mall 🙂

sweet big sister suggested a movie night with brothers one night and they had a blast camping out on the living room floor while i had a glorious bit of time alone in my room :) perhaps with a glass of wine, some chocolate and a magazine

sweet big sister suggested a movie night with brothers one night and they had a blast camping out on the living room floor while i had a glorious bit of time alone in my room 🙂 perhaps with a glass of wine, some chocolate and a magazine

a few trips to fro yo :)

a few trips to fro yo 🙂

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park adventures

park adventures

father's day at the grandparents

father’s day at the grandparents

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our little local library - a sweet spot of comfort

our little local library – a sweet spot of comfort

applebee's lunch date with my girl

applebee’s lunch date with my girl

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going to atticus' bday party

going to atticus’ bday party

lily love

lily love

that time in walmart where they would NOT keep their hands off each other and i was pushing the 92 foot cart and i was just about done.

that time in walmart where they would NOT keep their hands off each other and i was pushing the 92 foot cart and i was just about done.

so much fun with luca & lynnea

so much fun with luca & lynnea

lynnea & josiah

lynnea & josiah

grandma &joy

grandma &joy

cuties

cuties

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One Response to “life the past 19 days”

  1. Leaves Heal Says:

    Love to you & your Littles, big Girl & Daddy.
    You survived, and with some pleasant memories in-tact.
    Some reality there. Glad he’s home. Good to have the whole team available for “conferencing.” 😉


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