I spent 9 consecutive days this month as a single parent. This in and of itself is nothing spectacular, people all over the world do it all the time. What made this absence so much more difficult for me was that I was also missing Munch, Arnold and Gus. Our house felt so empty, which is silly because I still had the remaining 6 children home.
The children were very good about trying to be helpful, the big boys tried to be the men of the house. The little guys tried to help out with sweet prayers asking for protection for their sisters, grandma (because she was gone as well), and daddy. They gave more kisses and snuggling.
Happy messages and notes of encouragement could be found around the house.
Little notes and flowers to brighten my day were found in secret places, I have such great children.
This next photo was taken before Arnold and Gus left, but I didn't take many photos while they were gone. The phone saved us. Being able to communicate with my family was a life saver. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I had lived 100 years ago, having a child leave knowing that you might not ever see them or communicate with them again.
As the days went on I found myself trying to simplify things, I evaluated what I valued most and what was required for a happy life. I have let so many things go, I have pondered and prayed as to where I should focus my time and energy. I am so thankful for the Spirit to give me peace and guidance. I am filled with new purpose and energy (although it could be that almost everyone is home now and I am getting more sleep). I am looking forward to new challenges knowing I can do hard things if I have the Lord's help. I always knew this, but a reminder is always helpful.