Okay. So I have a whole new respect for single moms. Having my hubby away for ten days has a way of doing that, I guess. I take my hat off to all you moms who do it alone.
I feel so blessed to have the amazing hubby God gave me. He is so very helpful around the house–cooks, cleans, changes diapers, fixes things, baths little lovies, puts up with my endless honey-do’s (graciously), helps with school when he can, and loves me so unconditionally–even when I am totally unlovable.
I love you, Honey! You ROCK! Come home soon–it’s just not the same without you here. And Cade reckons that I do not plunge the toilet [ten times a day] as well as you do! He thinks I am completely useless. I never knew there was a special way to plunge a toilet, but according to our very observant six year old, there most certainly is–and the mother just does not have what it takes. Needless to say, I am more than happy to leave the job in your very capable hands.
One of the most amusing things about being alone is a trip to the grocery store. Always entertaining, I tell you. It is hilarious watching people trying to figure us out. Most are patient and gracious. Others…not so much. Whatever!
I’m sure we’re quite the sight…
Harper, our adventurous little walker, just has to be out of the shopping cart these day–pulling things off the shelves as she catches her balance every few seconds. Of course we pick up the items that make their way onto the floor as we go along.
Hailee is not such a fan of being in the cart either–and is more than happy to let me know that she’s not digging being tied down to a metal seat. Can’t say I blame her. It must seem like torture when you’re not used to it.
Cade is like seriously full of energy and thinks that aisles are there to be run down at lightning speed.
Hannah-Claire, never being one who believes in walking normally–skips, hops, bops, sings, dances, moves and grooves her way around the store. All done with much grace and pizzazz, of course.
Haven? Well, we constantly have to keep an eye on her to make sure she does not wander off. We keep her close at all times.
And then there are my two biggest boys–my watchmen. They have the job of helping me to corral the troops and make sure that we actually reach the check-out line with all seven little bodies in one place. Bless their little hearts–they do a great job…and usually get
bribed rewarded with a little treat for their efforts at the end.
Oh, and naturally there are the constant questions and stares. What would a little trip to the grocery store be without them? Some of my favorites…
“Are you the babysitter?”
“Surely they are not all yours?”
“Oh my goodness…you have your hands full, my dear.”
“My mother raised four children and it just about killed her.” (Gee, thanks!)
“I could just never do what you do!” Of course you can. Just give it a try, I say.
“You actually chose to have all these kids?” Yup–sure did!
“Wait until they’re teenagers and they never want to leave home.” Oh I so hope they don’t want to leave too quickly.
“You need a medal.” No, but my kids sure do for putting up with me.
“Oooohhhhh….I remember the days.” Were they as wonderful as mine are?
“Well, good luck with that.” No luck needed. Really.
And my best one to date…
“I am SO VERY sorry!” Ummmm…for what????
It really is funny. Heck, we don’t even have that many kids. I LOVE taking my brood out all together. We totally laugh at the ridiculous things people feel they just have to say to us. Free entertainment.
God has been good to us this week. The kids and I are doing great and have had such a sweet time together as we wait for daddy to come home. Just five more days and he’ll be back–with many stories to tell and the most amazing memories made. I cannot wait to hear about all the Father has done in his heart as he has stepped out in faith on this trip.
Oh, and I am so thankful for skype–what did we ever do without it?
Also, I wanted to tell you to head over to a few friend’s blogs who are having some amazing fundraisers to bring children home.
Patti is raising money for three little ones on Reeces Rainbow. She has some incredible things up for grabs. Please consider helping her raise a huge amount of money for these angels God has placed on her heart.
THANK YOU for sowing seed into these awesome families, and any others I have listed on my sidebar. Every small amount adds up. It’s the truth. God loves to multiply even the smallest amount we sow. He is just so good like that.
Life is crazy busy–but I would have it no other way.