It was the longest week of my life, but I learned lots about myself that I didn't know before.
1. Taking care of Liam by myself was in no way a burden. I appreciate all that Billy does help with, but I never felt as if I didn't have enough to give as a mom. It's amazing to see the grace that God supplies us with as parents to make sure that our children are taken care of. Parenting is definitely a partnership, but the week alone gave me more confidence that God has equipped me to take care of my children in any situation.
2. I can be frugal. I hardly ate out at all. I truly recognized how much of a social thing eating out is, and when I made my meals quickly and quietly because of my lonesome state, I didn't even consider going to pick up food. I just ate what I had.
3. I am quite pathetic emotionally without Billy around. I expected to be fine until later in the week, but I'm pretty sure I cried buckets the first night without him. If you know us, you know we're pretty cheesy when we talk about love. Well, I just proved our cheesiness to the maximum by being slightly depressed when he was gone.
4. My husband is such a MAN. I didn't realize the huge amount of security, strength, and stability that he provides for our family just by being present.
5. I have great respect for military wives. I don't know how they do it. Again, I know that God provides the strength we need for what comes along, but being alone when you're used to having your husband is incredibly difficult, even if just emotionally. Those women truly are unsung heroes (or heroines).