Monday, August 9, 2010

I made it!!

I've been nervous for over a week. Why you ask? Early Saturday morning John left on a trip...for 4 days. I was going to be home...alone...with 4 children... 6 and under...for 4 days! Ah! This had never happened before! Granted, I stay home with them every day but John always comes home at night. So if I have had a rather tough day I can say "John, I need some time to myself." and leave. So, I was nervous this weekend I was going to be grumpy and frustrated, the house was going to be a complete disaster, and it was going to be awful for everyone. The thing I was most nervous about? Sunday morning. Oh my! I was SO nervous! I was going to be taking all 4 of my children to church with me, alone! You may not think this is a big deal but, you see, our church isn't like other churches. We don't have children's church or day care. Our children sit with us the whole time. Which I love, but doing it by myself...oh my. Oh, and I forgot to mention that our services are 3 hours long. So, all last week I was nervous about it. John kept assuring me I would be fine. I had little discussions with the children throughout the week about needing to help and being on their best behavior.

And finally Saturday came. I got up early that morning and had an amazing time of prayer. As I was praying the Lord brought to mind Proverbs 31. More specifically the verse that says "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her..." God reminded me that John needs to be able to trust that I can manage things in his absence. This was such a motivation for me! And I am happy to report that this weekend has been wonderful. They were amazing at church on Sunday and we've been having a good time! The house isn't a disaster and, the best news of all, John is coming home a day early! I should have just trusted the Lord in the first place, huh? Lesson learned.

Thanks for checking in!
~A


7 comments:

Steve, Amanda, Kyle & Owen said...

Amanda you are such a strong woman and wonderful mom! How could you expect any less of your little ones, they I am sure are just as wonderful.

I am glad that your time without yoru husband went very well and that you were still able to get time to your self.

Amanda said...

@Amanda- Thanks so much!

Just a note here- I don't mean to make it sound like my children are little terrors! We actually get comments all the time about how well behaved our children are. But let's face it...they are still children!

Marie said...

YOU GO GIRL! I get nervous about just two....and when I take mine to church off in the nursery they go. That would intimidate me too.

Steve, Amanda, Kyle & Owen said...

Girl, trust me I don't think my boys could even begin to sit that long. I am just so impressed! Kyle can sit through part of our church service and then off to sunday school he goes. And well...Owen that straight to the nursery. :)

Leslie said...

Yay! It's a good feeling to accomplish something like that, isn't it?! I always feel more confident when I do something I didn't think I could do- even better when it goes well!! (:

Jami Nato said...

that is rough! look at you though...you survived and did well. it's hard to think about how single mom's do it!

Amanda said...

@Jami- I had some similar thoughts this weekend too! I kept thinking of all the military wives out there who's husbands are gone for months at a time. And, somehow, it made my 4 days seem not so long after all!