Daman got the job!
We will be back together again as a family within a month. Hip Hip Hooray!
Perspective is such a wonderful thing. As we progress with stages we look back at times and wonder how we thought a certain way.
Like when I thought I was busy with a newborn that slept 3/4 of the day
Or when I thought teaching one seminary class of 26 sweet highschoolers was a draining challenge.
Or when I thought a mission was certainly the hardest thing I would ever face in my whole life.
Or when I got married and thought I loved my husband in such a deep way. I didn't know depth yet.
Or when I thought getting three kids ready and out the door to the gym by 8:30 was hard. Now it is 7:15 and I have to be dressed and showered too.
Being a stay at home mom has some draining challenges. Cooking and cleaning and planning and shopping all demand something. But, I look back now and wonder why I felt overwhelmed, because now I am doing all of those without a husband and with a job--a really demanding job. I don't mean AT ALL to say that one path is busier/harder than the other, I'm just learning so much about appreciating the stage you are in, recognizing that those challenges are unique and singular, and you never know what is going to come next. If anything these last six months have taught me, it is that there is peace in embracing the present wholeheartedly. I often forget, but when I do take things one day at a time--or one class period at a time--I begin to believe I can pretty much do whatever I set my mind to. I don't know how I will look back on this time in a few years, but I can say that I look back on these six months and as flawed as they are, I really do believe I've done my best. I've gained weight, watched more tv than I should, yelled at my kids a few times, and in general lost it more than once. But, I have not quit. I have not shirked. I have kept the faith. I have fought a good fight. And I believe I will continue.