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while they were gone

while they were gone i woke up to a quiet house, didn’t have to fix breakfast or chocolate milk, took uninterrupted showers every morning, and i went on a date with robert almost every night. while they were gone i only had to vacuum and mop once, scrub the shower once, run the dishwasher once, and wipe the counters once. while they were gone i refinished two tables, mounted some artwork, and got all of the laundry done.

but…

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while they were gone i missed being awakened in the morning to the sweet sound of their voices. i wished to hear their laughter, i missed wiping the counters after meals and sweeping the floors. i realized that i don’t mind if my house isn’t always in order and perfectly clean. while they were gone i was reminded again of what a blessing they are and and how this precious time flies by so quickly. reminded  of how much i desire to spend time with them to raise them up to follow hard after Jesus. while they were gone i fell more in love with God, my husband and with my children. i longed to see their faces and hug their necks and kiss their chubby cheeks. i looked forward to having them all home this summer and next year. while they were gone i committed to not take for granted this wonderful life that God has given me and to be thankful for every moment. i will not forget all the things that God taught, revealed, and reminded me of; while they were gone.

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7 comments on “while they were gone

  1. Angie Robinson
    June 9, 2012

    so sweet and so true! :)) blessings!

  2. Kelli S.
    June 9, 2012

    And now I’m tearing up. Thanks 🙂 Beautiful writing.

  3. Heather Burley
    June 10, 2012

    Beautiful! Exactly what I want to be reminded of each day … especially on the hard ones. Glad I found your blog and looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  4. Keva
    June 10, 2012

  5. Alise
    June 10, 2012

    Love this! So true! What a blessing children are!

  6. Mary Ann Bishop
    June 10, 2012

    I love this Grace. You and Robert are such great parents and have such a precious family. You’re doing a great job. ❤❤

  7. Mamie
    June 21, 2012

    Beautiful

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This entry was posted on June 6, 2012 by in kids.

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