Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Open Windows!

Today, for the first time, I opened our windows in the house and left them that way for several hours. It was refreshing and beautiful and I loved it! I can't wait for it to get cool enough for me to do that more often. Even with our allergies, I love to have a cool, fresh breeze blowing through the house. What about you?

I am also amazed at all the stuff I have accomplished this week so far. It's been a hopping week and it just sped up by a whole day. Hubby has been gone all week on a business trip and he was supposed to be back Friday but is coming home a day early. Woo Hoo!

I really have to say that I have a high level of respect for single parents. I have done it for long stretches while my husband was deployed and for shorter stints while he was off for training or to attend meetings or conferences. To have to maintain a house and care for kids all by yourself full-time is not easy!

It is more difficult when your spouse is in harms way. So, if you know someone who's spouse is deployed in service to our country, I urge you to offer them assistance. It doesn't have to be much. Your simple offer will mean the world to them. I promise.

Just before my husband's second deployment, we had just moved into a new home. We had met the neighbors but didn't know them very well at all. I had taken my husband to the airport and spent a couple of days with my parents. I drove the hour and a half home thinking about all the things I had to do. On the top of that list was mowing the lawn. I was wondering how I was going to keep two kids occupied and out of the way while I mowed the lawn. There is so much that can happen in that amount of time, you know.

Well, when I got home, I couldn't even get out of the car. All I could do was cry. My neighbors had already mowed the lawn for me. We hadn't asked them to do so. They just did it. I cannot tell you what a relief that was. To this day, I thank God for them and their simple act of service. It still means the world to me.

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