It’s been a while since I did an “update on life” post…this will probably be a little lengthy…just a warning!
So, we bought a house, had a baby, and moved all in matter of 2.5 weeks. Lets be real here. It was the most exhausting almost-3-weeks of my life, no kidding. But it was also extremely rewarding. We could not possibly be happier to be living in North Wilkesboro in this beautiful house! Everyone is so much more friendly and kind here, the surroundings and views are perfection, and we are so very close to our families. It’s perfect. Except that Nick is still having to commute to Greensboro, which is an hour and 15-30 minutes away…and that part is extremely difficult.
Because he manages one of the busiest Lowe’s garden centers on the east coast, he chose to stick around until the end of the busy season and then transfer to a closer store. And because of their crazy schedules, he ends up having to stay in Greensboro 2 or 3 nights a week (at his sisters house). For example, he worked last weekend on Saturday, and was scheduled to “close,” which is 2-11pm, and was off work on Sunday so he decided to drive home after work. Well, he almost never leaves by 11…and this Saturday they were particularly busy. By the time he got off work and drove back to Wilkes, it was 4am! Insane. So that’s why he usually stays overnight after closing the store down.
Y’all, it’s been hard. On all of us. We know its only temporary, and we knew it was going to be hard, but that doesn’t make it easier. Nick and I are both exhausted by the time he gets home, and it feels like we never see each other. It’s hard on me because I’m on my own a lot with both boys and because I miss my husband. It’s hard on Nick because on top of working overtime and commuting and sleeping on a couch a few nights a week, he’s also missing me and his boys and all they do and learn each day.
Hopefully he will be able to transfer to Wilkes or another store that’s much closer in June. Please be praying for us in this time of transition…that would be greatly appreciated.
I have come to rely on God so very much in this season. I don’t know how I’d do it without the extra strength and patience and energy He has given me each of these days. Even with Him holding my hand through all of this I have found myself crying in the kitchen floor a few times and napping when the boys nap lots of times. I was just not meant to do this whole parenting thing alone (not that Nick is gone ALL the time, but when he is, I get a little glimpse of what it would be like to go it alone). But my go-to verses have been just what I have needed.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
And thanks to my friend Stephanie, who blogs over here, I have a new fantastic verse to share for times like these:
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)
Thankfully, we have managed to spend Nick’s days off playing with the boys outside in the sunshine and doing lots of other fun things together as a family rather than just constantly dreading husband’s next drive to Greensboro. We even went on a date (for the first time since Drew was born, and probably only the sixth date since Max was born) on Sunday! Sagebrush for dinner, driving around on some back roads (you can do that just for fun in Wilkes) talking and reminiscing about the almost 10 years we’ve been together, and Walmart to get juice for Max (welcome to dates as parents). We had a blast. I just love my husband so very much, and I’m so glad we get to be on this crazy adventure of ours together.