Thursday, May 30, 2013

Grateful

^crazy windblown hair :-)

The babes and I have adjusted really well to Noel's travel schedule.  I cook lots of mac 'n cheese while he's gone, and I'm actually the parent who keeps them up a little too late past their bedtime. Sometimes, though, it kinda pulls on my heartstrings when Noel is gone for a holiday.  Why sporting events take place on holidays, I'll never know, (I'm looking at you Bowl Games during New Years and Masters during Easter), but we're still getting used to certain holidays as a family of 3 instead of 4.

This past weekend, we decided to go to one of our favorite parks, and were pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of people from our church there.  They were having a birthday party for their sweet 7 year old and had invited other people from our church with kids around the same age.  At first, I thought I would be crashing the party, but they were so sweet, and included Charlie in on their games and play, and even taught him all about honeysuckle juice.  This made me so grateful for my church family.  Charlie is still talking about the fun he had.

On Sunday, Walker decided to throw his entire bag of snacks on the floor...and yelled out a screech while he did it.  That was fun.  Before I could even come up with a game plan, my good friend was beside me helping me pick everything up.  After dropping the boys off in their nursery class, I went back to clean up a little more, and saw another one of our friends leaving the chapel after vacuuming up our little spot.  

I can't even begin to express how grateful I am to everyone who helps me and my family out.  I never thought I could be a wife to someone who traveled a lot, but Heavenly Father has a way of making everything work out for the best...and helping us realize how blessed we really are!

25 comments :

Megan said...

Sweet pictures! That's so nice to have great friends to help you out when your husband's out of town. I always felt bad for athletes and other people involved with athletic events since they take place on holidays. Although I'm sure those athletes and their millions really care. :)

Hailey Stoner said...

So glad you have so many people to help care for you and your little kiddos while Noel is out of town. I can't imagine Allen not being here every night. I am so guilty of keeping the kids up past their bedtime! I sometimes feel bad if I was a little short with them earlier in the day and a little extra snuggle makes me feel better.

Hailey | Love, Laughter and Lipstick

Katie said...

I really loved this post for a lot of reasons. First of all, you are AMAZING for toughing it out alone when you have to, and for having such a great attitude about it. Go, you! Also, this was such a reminder to me that it's important to BE one of the helpers you just talked about. Taking the opportunity to perform acts of service, no matter how small, is so important. You never know how much those things mean to someone else. Like you, I'm so grateful for a church family who has your back even when your own family may be far away when you need them.

Annie said...

Aw such cute photos! And you are one awesome mama :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

TheTinyHeart said...

That's gotta be hard to have Noel gone for holidays but that is so wonderful that you have many great friends helping you out!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Amy Shaughnessy said...

My husband was just gone for 2 solid weeks and it was SO hard. My mom was there for a few days and it was a life saver but all of this other stuff happened when she left. It made me really appreciate all my hubby does when he is here.

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

Talisha Reupena said...

It's so great to see the wonderful support you have. You're right, God definitely has a way of making sure things turn out just fine even if for a few seconds you wonder how you'll do it all. You are the cutest mom and wife! I'm grateful for your perspective. Thanks for sharing!!

Katie Skelley said...

Your boys are growing before my eyes! It seems like every time I look at pics, they are getting bigger. :D

You know that I can identify with you, girl! And it's great that people want to help-we just have to let them! I am really bad about trying to do it all on my own, and then failing on my own. Or getting it all done...but losing my mind in the process and getting all mental.

Happy Thursday, Dear Friend! I have been MIA on the blog scene this week, it has been busy at work (and I might have taken a break yesterday between assignments to go see Iron Man 3). :D

Catherine Plautz said...

We really do have an amazing ward. I am so grateful for them too - and you're a part of that!!

Ash said...

Don't you love how the Lord puts just the right people in our lives? Good friends are such a blessing. Thank for sharing :)

Shelby Osmond said...

Its so true! Its amazing how the Lord is always looking out for us. Also, for a second I thought you had a twin when I look at the picture of you! lol. THen I realized it was two pictures together :)

Shelby
http://brandonandshelby.blogspot.com/

Ragan said...

I know it must be really hard, but you are such a trooper! And your boys will just grow to appreciate it more and more the older they get. Keep up the good work :)

Kirsten Wiemer said...

so sweet.
i'm not sure if i could handle having a husband that travels a lot.
you are a strong lady.
what a great ward you are a part of.
so awesome!

K

Priscila@mommode said...

That is so sweet of your friends. And encouraging. My husband's new job also requires quite of bit of traveling. I will soon be on your same boat. It's encouraging to know that with good solid friends by my side, I will make it through the single parenting days! :)

Caroline said...

My dad traveled a lot when I was in middle and high school, and although it was tough, my bond with my mom got all the tighter! But yes, help from loved ones is so important... you're lucky that you have such special people in your life!

YUMMommy said...

Aren't church families great?! I definitely think that when we say we can't do something, God has a way of showing us that we can.

Helene said...

Having a partner that travels is so hard, in know when I was little my dad traveled and it was hard on my mom. But you're right the people that supported her were so important! So glad you have that in your life.

lori said...

I didn't realize that noel traveled so much, but its so great that you have so much help and support. and you seem to have your boys on such a great schedule, I am sure that makes things easier. that's going to be super important to me, since greg will be working nights when the baby comes... im a little nervous about it!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I'm so glad your church family is there to help you guys out! What a blessing! :)

carrieburke said...

I know how hard it must be for you with your husband gone. My dad works in Africa and he's there about 10 months out of the year and it's really tough for my mom sometimes when he's gone for the important events. But it's so great when you have family and friends there to support you and help you out!

Susannah said...

That's so wonderful that you have people in your life who are there for you when your hubby has to be out of town. What a blessing!

B said...

this past weekend i was with my best friend and her little one. it was exhausting!! i remember thinking, i have no idea how she does it and i was happy to help her and give her as much of a break as i could (her husband is gone a lot too).

i am so happy to hear you have such great friends to support you and help you!

Katie said...

what a blessing to have friends around that are like family! chris used to travel a lot and I hated it and that was with no kids!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Your boys really are adorable and that is so nice you have such a great community that includes you!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

rooth said...

Watch out momma, the little one's getting away!

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