Okay, so I’m not gonna lie. I am so, so ready for Jeremy to come home. It really seems like he’s been a long time gone (to quote an old Dixie Chicks song). In case you didn’t know, about two weeks ago, he left for a trip to Israel with a team from Grace Bible College. For the record, he did invite me to go with him, which I politely declined. For me, I’m totally fine with Googling pictures of where Jesus was as opposed to flying over an ocean to go and see it for myself. For Jeremy, this was a lifetime desire to be able to take a trip to Israel, so when everything happened to line up perfectly, I gave him my blessing (as best as I could) and off he went.
I have to say that this trip has been a bit of a growing experience for me. When Jeremy first presented the possibility, I was not a fan at all. The idea of him being away for two weeks was too overwhelming for me. Our lives are so busy and full and thinking of doing everything on my own was just too much. But with time to think, encouragement from friends and family and lots of prayer, I realized that this would be something that I could do for Jeremy. Letting him go would be a way to give him the trip of a lifetime. And I know that he’d return with new and amazing perspectives that would hopefully impact his ministry for years to come.
All that being said, while he’s been away for these past two weeks, I thought I’d share a few things I learned while Jeremy was gone. So here goes…
1. I learned that help can come in small and funny ways. When Baby Jae was here, Ellee was thrilled to get to be the number one helper for her. She played with her, fed her treats and even perfected the art of snapping her fingers to get Jae’s attention for a picture. It was pretty precious.
2. I learned that I could step into my Youth Pastor Husband’s shoes for a night or two. Helping to fill in these past two weeks of youth group gave me a renewed sense of appreciation for Jeremy and all that he does for our teens.
3. I learned to appreciate the technology that we have in this day and age. Because thankfully, every day that Jeremy was gone, we were able to either text through wifi, or even FaceTime. There was a seven hour time difference, so sometimes, we just had to send cute pictures of ourselves. Followed by messages filled with funny emojis from this sweet girl.
4. I learned that being a Mom is an awesome thing. Granted, I had a few of those breakdown moments with our kids during these past few weeks, but for the most part, they were totally awesome. Ellee was extra awesome at her Mother’s Day celebration.
We had a great time together in her class on Friday. And though I’m biased, I have to say a huge thanks to our kids. They really stepped up over these past few weeks and I’m really proud of them.
5. I learned that when Grandma brings out the iPad, she will sometimes show your kids a funny shark game where you eat people and that your kids will totally think it’s the greatest thing ever. I’m so thankful that my parents were able to come and stay while Jeremy was away. My Dad walked in and immediately fixed our broken stair rail and our garage door as well. And my Mom and I had the time of our lives shopping and making fun pedicure memories of course. They left today and both of our kids were so sad to see them go (I was as well).
6. I learned that I would find great pride in mowing the lawn so that Jeremy didn’t have to when he got home. It had grown a lot but with family visiting, I didn’t want to take time to mow it while they were here. So this afternoon, I got it done and even though it took forever, I was so happy at how it turned out. Also, while I was working hard, Christian and Ellee surprised me by cleaning up the house and making me dinner. Best kids ever.
7. And finally, I learned that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. As I’ve mentioned a lot this past week, the time really has gone by quickly thanks to family visiting while he was away. But the aching in my heart tells me that I’m definitely ready to have him back with us safe and sound. I’m ready to give him a huge hug, catch up on his travels and move forward together into another amazing and busy month. If you think of it, prayers for safe travel would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!