Home Alone-ish (at 40-ish): UPDATED

NOTE: I'd posted this late on 7/8 but was remiss in leaving off #4.

Peggy's been out of town for 2 days, 15 hours, and 27 minutes.  During that time, this is what I've realized.

1. I don't appreciate her nearly enough when she's home.  Why is it that we (or just I?) have to be without to realize and appreciate what we have?  Why is it so easy to take someone we love for granted?  She effortlessly juggles cleaning, feeding, and teaching of 3 young ones (2 underage and one 40-ish).  Just because she makes it seem effortless doesn't mean that it is effortless.  I've walked 10 feet in her shoes...that's enough to know.

2. Her very presence is comforting.  This morning, at church, Luke sat alone in Peg's darkened, empty classroom fight back the tears.  His class is next door.  He couldn't get through Sunday school without assurance that mommy's across the wall.

3. How can I be stern with the kids when mommy's not here to save, comfort and explain?  One minute, I'm scolding and the next I'm speaking in gentle, calming tones.  Poor Bella laughs when I raise my voice and cowers when I bend down for a hug.  Luke just stays out of my way all together.  At least we can all agree that I'm certifiable.

4. Our church (Valley Christian) is family.  As soon as they heard that I would be alone with the kids, I received offers to help with the kids and invitations to dinner.  This has been our church family for 16 months but it seems so much longer, mostly because of the comfort and love we feel here.  The relationships are real and deep.  This is what it means to live "in the light" (Eph 5:1,8).  I pray that more will experience this love.

Now Peg's been gone for 2 days, 15 hours, and 45 minutes.  Despite how it may appear, I'm not complaining.  In fact, I think it's good that mothers/wives have some time to themselves to recharge.  It's a taste of "It's a Wonderful Life" for those who benefit from you.

Hon, I can't wait for you to be home in 40 hours and 9 minutes.  We love you.

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