We are currently on Day NINE of NINETEEN of Luke's trip to the US. So we are about half-way through. Marriage often shows us the worst of our selfishness and our deep inability to fully love another person as much as we love ourselves. In complete honesty, I had a hard time loving him and being happy with him as he left for what I knew was a much needed break. I had a hard time being happy, because it meant I would be left home with all four kids by myself. You see, I have been spoiled pretty rotten by Luke and all that he does to help me with the kids. Although I knew three weeks is not THAT long, and many other families are regularly apart for longer periods, it certainly seemed like it would be an eternity of frustration and impatience. Has it been that bad? Of course not. Is it because I am doing a great job? Far from it. I have had leaned in on deep dependence of friends and God, with Luke sacrificially taking time to cheer me on from across the globe. I am so blessed.
With Luke gone, I planned to be really pro-active in writing and designs, but all I've managed is to keep up with the slowly increasing wedding orders as we approach the busy wedding season.
Here are a few highlights from what has been keeping us busy :
Day One : Woke up to a flood of emotions, via an incredibly encouraging email from Luke. Like I said, he spoils me rotten! Came home at 10:30 that night to an actual flood of water throughout our entire apartment. Because our floors and baseboards are all tile, its more frustrating than damaging. Thankfully I had a couple of friends with me. We each grabbed a mop and had it cleaned up in a couple of hours.
Day Three : Went to check out a wedding venue with a dear friend.
Day Four : Spontaneously enrolled the two oldest kids in swim lessons!
Day Six : My worlds collided without me there! My parents got to meet up with Luke and some of our good friends from India. Couldn't believe how handsome my dad is getting as he ages. Miss all of these people a lot!!
Day Seven : Spent the day with Deb, founder of MIDA Creations and GroupArtCircle. She just launched her new website and she closed her biggest deal yet with a local BMW retailer.
Day Eight : Took the girlies for haircuts and ice cream.
Day Nine : Lunch with Liz from HonestLiz.com, who gifted me with a new Chumbak bag. She knows my taste so well!!
I think these occasional breaks are so good for Luke and me. Being together all the time can really cause us to take each other for granted. Its good to have to miss each other once in a while! I am definitely counting down the days for his return, but I don't want to miss seeing all of these little blessings while he is away.
Luke and I are married and have five little munchkins that travel the world with us. I blog about living overseas, travel, kids, homeschooling and graphic design.
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