November 11, 2012
This Fall has been a season of change for our family. Daddy has changed jobs. Mommy has faced some health issues that I am still grappling with. And lastly, we have moved three households in two months. It is the last of these life events that has caused the most flustration (is that even a word?) in our household. Somethings have had to get put on the back burner for awhile. Somethings went by the wayside altogether. Though posting our adventures in discipling was put on the back burner, discipling itself did not go by the wayside.
I wanted to be the one who had it all together. Moving three households while battling the loss of mobility, schooling, taking care of my family, and just generally keeping life normal was the goal. The lesson I learned? I am not the Proverbs 31 woman! I figured out early on that there was no way I was going to be able to school and shuffle between two houses cleaning, packing, moving, unpacking and then finding a new place for all our old stuff. So I called a break one month into our new year. Shuffling back and forth between two houses also meant this super mom was not making homemade meals any more. Chinese take-out, pizza, and Burger King became my personal chefs. We often wore the same set of clothes for a whole week. Which taught me that you do not have to face a mountain of laundry every week just because you have children. You simply do not have to wear a new outfit every day.
It was a trying time. Keeping tabs on three children while cleaning and packing at the old house was one thing. But doing it at the new house was something different. My husband sent me home in tears one evening lamenting to God the whole way that it just shouldn't be this hard. And you know what? It wasn't. I learned that I was simply asking too much of myself and my family. I needed to let go and let God as the saying goes. And hey, there aren't very many problems in this life a good cry can't make better - even if only a little.
The season is over now. My husband has settled into his new position. I am learning to cope with my limitations. And all three households are moved and settling in nicely. Looking back over the last month and a half I have learned another lesson. My children are awesome! Were they perfect? No! Did they roll up their sleeves and jump right in? They wanted to and whenever possible we let them. Did fighting break out more than it should have? You betcha! But that is a normal day in this family. So given how trying the past couple of months have been, for each and every day to be a normal day for my children scores them a 'High Five On You' from Mommy and Daddy.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven - Ecclesiastes 3:1
ENDU'RANCE, n. [See Endure.] Continuance; a state of lasting or duration; lastingness.
A bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without
resistance, or without sinking or yielding to the pressure; sufferance;
patience. Their fortitude was most admirable in their presence and endurance of all evils, of pain, and of death. 2. Delay; a waiting for. [Not used.]