My children finish up another school year this week. It will be their 3rd school year since we moved here and the first untainted by my husband’s infidelity.
It means a lot to know that from our children’s very first day of school- when they were filled with nervous excitement about meeting their new teachers and classmates to their very last day- as they say bye to teachers and friends they adore, that my husband was fully and completely present and engaged.
We handled it all together this year like true parents and partners- homework, projects, experiments, school fairs and festivals. We delt with homework meltdowns and frustrations. Celebrated report cards and parent teacher conferences and enjoyed end of the year picnics with our babies.
All year we have marveled over these two children of ours. They have gone through so much with us, but still excelled in every way. They are kind, gracious, curious, thoughtful, well mannered, self motivated, fun, responsible and intelligent. I tell them over and over again that they each got the best qualities my husband and I possess.
My husband took this whole week off and I took most of it, and we have just been soaking in our family. Last Friday evening we cleaned the grill together and my husband sprayed our kids down with the hose. They loved getting soaked and we loved hearing their laughter. Saturday we spent the morning together doing a family run and then I had a girl’s day with my daughter while my son and husband enjoyed a boy’s day together.
We had a wonderful Father’s Day with church, brunch, visiting family and then watching the last game of the NBA finals together – cheering for opposing teams. Monday was each of our children’s end of the year school picnics . We spent time together at each of them and had a blast seeing them with their friends and making plans for play dates over the summer.
Yesterday we packed a homemade picnic and drove to a beautiful state park and ate dinner on our picnic blanket. Then we went for a 2 mile hike around the lake. We came to this beautiful landing and watched the sunset. We took gorgeous pictures on wooden bridges and structures and of course beside the dock, lake, mountain landings and the woods. It was lovely.
Today my husband will pick them up after school and then we will meet up to watch “Finding Dory” and get ice cream. The rest of the week is full of trips to water parks and birthday parties.
Over and over this week, my husband has said how fullfilled he is, how content. How stupid he was to think that anything could give him greater satisfaction and joy than our family and our faith. How foolish he was to have jeopardized our family. None of the experiences we shared this week were extravagant but they were so rich and beautiful. What made the moments we shared together as a family so wonderful, is that we were present and fully aware of my what a gift we have received to have this love and grace between us.
Im looking forward to enjoying more simple joys with my family and friends this summer. And since all that’s left is half days, I’m deliriously glad not to have to get up early to pack another pair of lunch boxes until the fall! 😃 It really is the little things that bring the greatest joys!❤️