Our week: Daddy Dates, Mommy Moments, and Bounteous Blessings

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I am feeling so incredibly blessed.  More than once this week I felt the need to pinch myself and make sure my life is real.  My life isn’t perfect, but it is GOOD and HAPPY and I am so grateful for that!  What made this week so special?

First, I have THE BEST husband in the world!  (Ladies, I don’t mind if you feel the same way about your husband.  I won’t argue. :))  This week was China’s National Holiday–a major holiday–and everyone was off work.  Except Todd.  We decided that he would work this week and then take off next week so that we could do some family vacationing without fighting off hordes of people.  (As you might imagine, tourist places get INSANELY crowded when 1.3 billion people are on holiday at the same time!)  So, his manager allowed him to switch his vacation time which meant he would be mostly alone at work all week.  Well, fortuitously, Todd forgot his badge on Monday morning.  So, instead of taking over an hour to travel home and back, he had the brilliant idea to send Michael on the subway.  Michael was STOKED.  He took his first solo subway ride on Monday to bring Todd’s badge.  I sent him with his homework and he got to “work” with daddy for the day.

Well, once Michael came home and told all the kids how AWESOME it was to go to work with daddy, of course, they all wanted to go!  So each day this week Todd took one of the kids to work with him.  It was such a great week!  Each one of our kids had the privilege of spending an entire day with daddy all to themselves.  They did their school work with him, and then got to do fun things at his work when they finished.  They also did McDonald’s for lunch!  Kids said, “Yea!!!”  (Mom thinks, “Ewww!!!” But oh well.  The memories matter more.  And I didn’t have to eat it 5 times this week like Todd did. :))



Second thing that struck me this week: I have 5 amazing children.  The blessing of motherhood really sunk in this week.  I can’t tell you how many times I found myself thinking, “Wow.  I must be the luckiest mom in the world!  What did I ever do do deserve these awesome kids?”  I love each of them so much!  They are so unique, with their own strengths and talents, weaknesses and challenges.  I don’t feel like I could ever love them more than I do right now.  If you’re a normal, imperfect mother like me, maybe you’ve also experienced times when you wanted to yank all your hair out?  (I’m not the only one, right?)  There have been times I was tempted to put a child in the front yard with a “free to good home” sign around their neck!  (Obviously, I didn’t.)  So that is why this week was so special.  I don’t think I felt anything but love, and awe and a deep gratitude for the five little blessings who have been placed in my care.  At this moment, I LOVE my life. I am so happy I can teach them at home and see them all day every day.  (I couldn’t have always said that!)  Honestly, it would be hard to get much better than this week.  Although I know there will be challenges ahead, I want to continue to bask in the beauty of this nearly-perfect week, or I should say, my nearly-perfect feelings of this week.  Yes, this really was a good week, but I think it was my own feelings toward my children that made it so sweet.  I need to remember that.

Third: answers to prayers.  I wish I could share everything, but a public blog is probably not the place to “cast my pearls.” :)  (I trust my friends and family…but not the weirdos that leave their spam comments on here!)  I will say that there are things that have been in our hearts and on our minds lately, questions about the direction our family should be taking.  After much thought and prayer, and finally fasting, we we have been able to receive some answers.  We still can’t see the whole picture, but we have more pieces of the puzzle in place–big pieces.  We both feel really good about it and it has brought a lot of peace to my soul.

Fourth: preparing for our first vacation in China!!!  Money is pretty tight right now, but we decided that this was important.  If something is important enough that I’m going to spend money on it, you know it must be REALLY important!  (I’m frugal, a saver, a cheapskate–whatever you like to call it.)  I’m so happy we’ve been able to make this fit into our little budget.  We promised Jasmine that we would visit Puyang this year, so this is the week!  We leave for Zhengzhou this afternoon (Sunday).  We will spend a few days touring in and around Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province.  Then later in the week we will meet  up with friends (who are here in China adopting their daughter from Puyang) and travel to visit Jasmine’s friends and ayis (nannies) from the orphanage!  She is so excited, and so are we!  Kaylee Ann has been there before (for our first visit), but the boys haven’t.  We will try to blog about our trip this week!

 

 

- Jill

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