Okay, I'm pretty sure 99% of the people who read my blog also read my sister's blog but I've been wanting to dedicate a post to her recently anyway because she's been filling up about 30% of my thoughts these days. So if you don't read her blog, her husband left for Basic Training with the National Guard about a week and a half ago. They have two little girls about the same age as our two and only live about 3 minutes from our house. Seth's going to be gone somewhere around 16 weeks total with 2 weeks home at Christmas. As soon as we found out about him joining the Guard and having to leave for such a long time, I knew instantly that's why God gave us this house so close to them. I feel a HUGE burden for her all the time. Every time Jon is helping me with both kids I feel a sense of regret and sadness for Bethany. And any time I read a post on facebook or hear someone complaining about their husband being gone for a few days, I want to shout, "You think that's bad?? Think about my sister!" I've always wondered how in the world a single parent does it- never having that second set of hands to feed, change, hug, discipline, play with and cuddle their kids. And unfortunately my sister's experiencing it first hand. So far I've tried to help when I have time with mundane things like laundry and dishes but that's just a teeny tiny drop in the bucket to the help you get from your spouse. I love her and am so proud of her for what she's going through on her own. And it makes me appreciate every little thing Jon does to help with our boys, not to mention having that strong supportive role here who fills up so much of my life and heart and home. I'm so glad for the person Bethany will have become at the end of all of this and the day he returns will probably be happier than her wedding day but I'm so sorry for the long road its going to take to get there. I'm praying for her a lot and wish I could stay at her house with her (unfortunately our 2 year olds fight like siblings and usually stresses us both out after 20 minutes of it!! :).
You can do it Bethany. You will make it. God has you held so tightly in his grasp right now and is catching every tear.