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Tuesday, July 07, 2009


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You will most definitely be in my prayers. I wish we lived near enough that we could help each other through these trying times!

Oh, I'm sorry, lovey. I'm praying for you! Give me a call if you need to talk, and I'll call to check in later in the week. Kisses!

You can do it!
Just take it one hour at a time.
I will so say prayers for you.
I still shudder when I think of the last time Erik was out of town for five days, and I only have one.

I'm sorry. Yes, you can do it. No, it won't be all that much fun. But it's survivable, even if you have to take it one moment at a time sometimes.

Praying for peace, and moments of joy in the midst of the work.

The last two weeks have been full of trials in our household and I have never felt so much need for prayer in my life. But I've also never felt God's influence so much as I have lately.

Good luck with the solo parenting!


My husband was gone (with the military and the united nations) 20 out of the first 36 months of our marriage. Or put another way for 16 months of our oldest daughters first two years of life.

This is not at all to say 'suck it up' because I know how hard even one night with Daddy not home is hard - but to say that today oldest is a high school graduate and she doesn't remember Daddy being gone, or me being exhausted and testy eith her two year old self - but she does know we have always worked hard and made the sacrifices we needed to for one parent to be home.

God is blessing your family and he will continue to as you continue to recognize that your blessings come from Him.

So take a deep breath and stock up on chocolate or treat yourself to a new book and embrace the challenge!

I will pray. I hope your sister and her kids will be around?

Praying for sure! Feel free to call if you need anything!!! Thanks for the post too. I was recently thinking about the same thing...parenting as my path to holiness. Acceptance of the crosses really is the path to peace, even if there isn't more sleep in the mix.

Yes. Thanks for the insight into seeing such crosses as opportunities. I'll remember that the next time our toddler has sleep trouble (which is often).

And just because it's to help you grow doesn't mean it has to be no fun at all... Have a "sleepover" tomorrow night. Buy some special snacks, move the coffee table out. You get the couch, with Blaise's mattress next to it and Camilla's sleeping bag at the other end. All go to bed as soon as it's reasonably dark. Get out the book light, and everybody can read all they want (including on the computer or ipod) but snacks depend on staying on your "own bed". You may get more sleep, or less, but Camilla will have a nice memory. And you'll at least have variety. ;-D

And you WILL survive, just like I did when your dad was gone 18 nights out of 21!

Love you!

I love your mom's idea, Arwen! I will definitely send up some prayers for you. Hang in there!

I will definitely keep you in my prayers, Arwen. You can do it!

Also - every kid I know (including Teddy) had an AWFUL night on Monday. Wonder what it was? Let's hope that the next several nights are calm for you.

I completely understand where you are coming from, Arwen... you see, my husband's a pilot, so unfortunately, he's away from home a lot, and not home all that much to compensate. I know that sinking feeling when they go, and the stress about how each night will physically be possible to manage with two little ones. Please remember God never gives us more than we can handle!

My husband often jokes that he'd love to be a fly on the wall when I'm home alone, as he doesn't quite know how I get through a day, but amazingly, things usually work. That's just it, though, isn't it? We're never really alone, even when we think we are. :) I'll pray for you tonight. :)


I'm there with ya! I'm an Army wife, and though we haven't had any serious deployments since our little guy was born, my husband is gone at times. I've done 2 two-week stints, and one more coming up in August. It is tough--no doubt. Know that there are other moms out there trying to make it through the same stuff. No advice, just hang in there!


Thank you for that post! I had a night like that last night with my 5 1/2 month old who (I hope) is just teething & that's why he's boycotting sleep. He hasn't even taken a nap over 30 minutes the past 2 days. I needed to hear this so much! I'll say a prayer for you.

Beautiful. Touching. And so so true.

Very rarely are the things God wishes to teach me easy and on my terms. Especially when His teaching tools are my husband and children.

We must trust, obey, and pray. He will help us make up the rest.

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