Before I left my mother-in-law to return to California, I told her if she needed me, I could come back after Caleb's birthday. Well, Caleb's birthday was on Tuesday, April 24th and on Wednesday morning, April 25th, I received a phone call from one of her friends saying that she was headed back to the hospital. Wow! I'm not even sure I had finished unpacking. To make matters even more challenging, Kerry was headed out of town on Thursday, April 26th and wouldn't return until Monday, April 30th. So, we made plans for me to start driving on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
To say the week before I left was tough would be an understatement. It was super emotional. Just as I was saying hello, I was saying goodbye again. We had spent only 5 nights together as a family before Kerry left and then had just one more night together before I left. There were also some other issues that just left me feeling raw. This time, I left not knowing how long I would be gone. How much should I pack? What should I let the boys bring this time? Basically, I let the three littles bring as much as we could fit in and on top of the car. Bicycles were strapped down to the top of the car this time. Golf clubs were packed again and lots of random things. And I brought the dog this time.
We were already planning a family trip to Texas this summer to meet my newest nephew who was due in July and had a trip planned with my parents to San Antonio. We decided it was best for me to stay there at least until then, with Kerry bringing Caleb when school was finished. At this point, we also began praying what was best for us long term. We didn't want to be separated as a family indefinitely. We didn't hear any clear answers from God at this point, but kept our hearts open to hear Him. It wasn't as tough pulling out of the driveway this time as it was before, but it still wasn't easy.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
My main reason for returning to California when I did was to be back in time for Caleb's 12th birthday. It is important to me to be there for their special day each year. Caleb had school that morning which I sent cupcakes to help celebrate. When he got home from school and Dad got home from work, we celebrated. He choose a chocolate pie for his birthday cake this year and no one complained.
The following two weeks after Easter were busy ones. I spent a lot of time taking my mother-in-law to doctor appointments. Her sweet church family was so helpful in getting her to rehab. And my brother-in-law since I had arrived in East Texas, came as often as he could to give me and the boys a break. That allowed us time to go to Arlington and spend a little time with my family. Josiah even managed to loose his second tooth! Slowly, my mother-in-law began to heal and the week before I left managed to return to work. I packed up all of our things and looked forward to returning home to Kerry and Caleb. We pulled in on Saturday, April 21st, thrilled to be reunited. It felt like Christmas, the boys were so excited to see their rooms and play with all of their toys they had left behind. We loved being back in church the next morning. I loved seeing all of my precious little ones and just being back home.
Monday, October 22, 2012
|Saturday, April 7, 2012 - Granddad, Levi, and Silas|
|Saturday, April 7, 2012 - Brock and Josiah|
|Sunday, April 8, 2012 - Caleb and Kerry|
|Sunday, April 8, 2012 - Levi, Silas, Josiah, and Me|
This is the first year we celebrated Easter a part from one another. On Saturday, April 7th, the three little ones and I went to the Easter egg hunt at the church my sister and her family are a part of. The boys had a great time seeing their cousins and playing.
On Sunday, April 8, 2012, we enjoyed celebrating Easter with my parents at their church while Kerry and Caleb were at our church in California. It wasn't quite the same without everyone together, but we still managed to make some great memories.