Keith got to go to the NEXT conference in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend, which meant me alone with three kids for four days. So I purposed to do lots of fun things we don't normally do, knowing that my temptation toward anger would be that much greater without Keith here to help.
As soon as Keith left Saturday morning we headed out to pick strawberries! They weren't nearly as sweet as last year, but maybe it's because it's the very beginning of the season. Samy had only one strawberry in her bucket at the end of it all because they all went straight to her mouth! No wonder she had a tummy ache :) When she had had her fill she started picking flowers instead. Isaac lasted a little longer, and Luke slept the whole time. We'll have to go with friends later in the season so they'll be more distracted and I can get more berries!
That afternoon Isaac's best little buddy from school came over along with him mom, and little brother and sister since his daddy had gone with our daddy to the conference. The kids had a super time running around and I got some time talking with my friend. Then mac-n-cheese for dinner (their fav!) and ice cream for dessert.
Sunday after church we went to a little deli for lunch and ran into a couple Keith met through his evangelistic bible study last month. They were so happy to meet the kids as they had already dubbed themselves Aunt Gloria and Uncle Peter :)
Oh, I should also mention that I woke up Sunday morning with no voice! It was almost gone Saturday night, but I could scarcely speak by Sunday morning! Allergies are in full bloom here ya know! And then I must have pulled something in my back putting Luke in the car after lunch b/c I couldn't get the car seat out when we got home. I could barely move without shooting pain! I was finding all this somewhat humorous since Keith was gone when I lost my voice and could barely move :) God's grace was quite evident that I was reacting in laughter instead of anxiety or anger!
Since it was blisteringly hot Monday I got out the Slip-n-Slide for the kids and they had a blast, though Samy was to afraid to actually slide, she just scooted herself down :) Before he left Keith had gotten the A/C unit in the kids' room but forgot about the one in our room. It was an adventure getting that heavy unit to our window, especially with my back out of whack :) but Luke and I needed to sleep in the cool, it had to be close to 90 in our room! Again, laughing that we were having a heat wave while my hubby was away, as well as our neighbors, so no help there.
Tuesday Isaac was back to school, which means out the door by 7:30 to pick up our friends' kiddos and make it on time. Well, getting three kids out the door that early after a rough night (because Luke was in the room with me) was hard enough, and we were already a few minutes late, but then I went and locked my keys in the house after getting everyone in the car! I called Helen and said I was so late and she took her boys to school. And I was just grateful that it was so hot that day because I had already opened all the windows downstairs, so I pried off a screen and climbed in :)
Let me just tell you, I was so happy to see my dear hubby that evening :) But truly, there was so much grace in the midst of all the hiccups in my plans! I know how I have reacted to such things in the past, with anger and harsh words toward my children (whether it be their fault or not), but the Holy Spirit was working miracles in my sinful heart this weekend! I truly was finding humor in the myriad of difficulties and seeing all the good gifts of friends and fun and not setting my expectations too high. It was only by the grace of God!
Here's some pics of the weekend and lots of little Lukey :)