I said in my last post .. the fact that we survived the month of April is a testament to the Lord! It was the busiest month of residency so far!
Over a span of 35 days Freeland was in Chicago for 4 days, Africa for 12 days, took 6 days of 24 hour call (which ends up normally being more than 24 hours), and also had his regular work days. So it was busy! ;)
anyway, these are out of order. but it works for now.
Our 2 weeks while Freeland was in Africa actually went by fast & we all survived. The Lord is so faithful!
It was going to be just me with the kids the whole time. Which was honestly fine.
But then it was truly the Lords provision as my mom just "happened" to find a plane ticket up here about 24 hours before Freeland left. She called to see if we wanted her to come. Of course! It would totally help break up the trip.
We've been looking almost all year for a plane ticket and have never seen one so low! So she came up here over the weekend .. and wouldnt you know.. the 3 days she was here were the 3 days we all got a GI bug!
Totally the Lord. I NEVER could have survived that without her here as I was OUT.
Then Wylder got it:
Then River got it:
Then Wylder again.
(so pathetic and so cute at the same time!)
I can handle the kids being sick .. just not at the same time as I am ;)
It also happened to be my moms birthday the day she was leaving. So the boys made her a picture:
Other stuff happened while Freeland was gone too. River got a haircut:
We spent almost every afternoon outside:
Chapel (the culprit who gave us all the GI bug!!!!) was as cute as ever:
River received his first Naomis Village shirt and got to talk all about where Freeland was and read all the childrens names:
I spent every afternoon trying to get all the plants & seeds planted in our garden.
(this is Freelands 'baby' so I pretty much had a heart attack doing this .. positive I was killing each plant as I went. We'll see if anything actually grows)
The serious painter working on his pictures for Freeland:
My most favorite picture River has done to date:
I know 2 weeks in the grand scheme of things isnt long. Even the crazy month of April was fine. People do it all the time. And its not like the kids arent used to Freeland working 80+ hrs a week .. But with 3 little ones at home it had the potential to feel out-of-control.
It was seriously the Lords mercy & grace that we joyfully enjoyed the time so that Freeland could not only go on his trip .. but go & know we were just fine at home! The last thing he needed was to feel guilty being gone when what he was doing was exactly what he needs to do.
And seriously .. during his 4th year he actually has to leave for a 3 month trip .. so 2 weeks aint nothin! ha