While Matt is away, my focus shifts away from managing our foursome, making tasty meals, supporting Matt, corralling everyone where we all need to be, and keeping the house tidy, and rests more upon noticing and addressing my own needs and wants, working on projects I haven’t had time for, and keeping our kids engaged and occupied. I’m sure that as the days, weeks and months pass while Matt is away this year (by the way, he is now deploying in June rather than August, potentially for a longer time, yippee), I will become more tuned in to those things about my children and me that surface: our ideas, our wants and needs, our fears and sadnesses, our workings as a team, and lots more.
During these days of just the three of us, I’ve been focusing on doing more projects with the kids, which we all really enjoy. On this day Ashton and I decided to make a bed for her precious glass doll. With a shoebox, fabric, lace and hot glue we created a sweet little bed complete with headboard, mattress, pillow, and blanket. Ashton was so happy that day, and it made my heart happy to see my own precious little one playing with her doll.