If you ever find yourself saying, "this is not the way it's supposed to be!", maybe it's time for a change of perspective. It is for me.
Sticky countertops from summer peaches, little flip flops stacked in a messy pile by the back door, and matchbox car sound effects fill my kitchen. I love it.
My sunshines are home. My 3 children have been visiting their Dad for 6 weeks this summer. It's a good thing. It's also an all too normal summer reality for divorced parents.
Today, I don't mind wiping off the sticky countertops, stacking up the shoes, and listening to the multitude of sound effects coming from my 4 year old son, Andy. But I know reality will sink in and this will become normal again.
I will sooner than later become frustrated with the sticky, the messy, and the noisy. Dear Jesus, help this feeling come much later. Dear Jesus, help the sunshines' Dad - who misses them now that they are back with me.
Yes, it's not the way it's supposed to be, but it's the way it is. Instead of lamenting, dwelling, and drowning in regret, I choose to make the best of it. Thanks for letting me share it with you.
I hope my experiences will encourage you to look at your life and choose to love the life you live, instead of wallowing.
I hope my family reality will encourage you in your marriage to have more date nights, seek counseling if you need it, do anything and everything to prevent this from happening to you.
I hope this perspective on single parenting will inspire you to move out of regret and shame and live the abundant life God is calling you into; even if it's not exactly the way you planned.
"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." -John 10:10