Do you ever worry about how your husband will do with the kids when you are traveling for work? What about how you will manage when he travels for work?
My husband just returned from a work trip and I am exhausted. We are used to (somewhat) sharing the responsibilities around the house and everything fell on me for the past few days. Needless to say, many things went undone.
● I didn’t get to prepare their lunch for school. They had to eat the school lunch.
● There are 2 baskets of laundry that need to be folded.
● My boys’ laundry basket is overflowing.
● The dishes didn’t get washed last night.
And, even with all those things undone I slept like a log last night. It didn’t bother me one bit. You know why? Because I knew it would all be right there waiting for me to handle today…or another day. I have learned that I can only accomplish so much in any given day. The rest will just have to wait. My mom taught me years ago, when I used to get frustrated about not being able to accomplish everything on my “to-do” list, to “just do what you can do and don’t worry about the rest”.
Here is what I did accomplish so far this week:
● Kept my children out of harm’s way (by God’s grace)
● Got them to school on time each day
● Had a big “win” in my job – recruited a top candidate
● Took them to soccer practice each night
● Fed them a healthy dinner (thanks to my husband we had leftovers from Sunday for 2 nights)
● They got showers each night
● They went to bed exhausted each night (that’s a win, for sure!)
I would say we had a successful outcome for those 3 days being “home alone”. We even had a few laughs:
Kid Flash came in my room during the middle of the 2nd night whining that he had a bad dream. Normally, when my husband is home, I go get in the bed with Kid Flash until he falls back asleep. This night Hubby was not here so there was space in my bed and I was too exhausted to move. So, I pulled back the covers and told him to get in. Next thing I knew it was morning. When it was time to get up Kid Flash rushed into his bedroom, that he shares with Junior, to tell his big brother, “I slept with Mommy last night!” And he kept reminding him of that fact when I picked them up from their after school program later that afternoon. The moral of the story: Kids are easy to please. We make it complicated.
Well, we made it and Hubby/Daddy is back! I felt like Kid Flash when my husband came through the door, super excited and easy to please. Kid Flash immediately ran to him, gave him a hug and said, “I missed you, Daddy!”
Until next time-
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?: (Matthew 6:25, 27 NIV)