- Quiet time. It is easier to spend more time in prayer and meditating on scriptures when there are so many people around.
- Getting to read the Bible or write letters while I eat my lunch. I don't think that is polite when I have others eating with me but when I am by myself I enjoy eating a slow lunch while multi-tasking.
- Being able to clean an area and have it stay that way for the most part.
- Not needing to worry much about food. I don't eat that much and Ken doesn't mind leftovers and so the amount I need to cook and think about food goes down drastically when the kids aren't around.
- Being able to focus on projects and not get interrupted. Today I was able to just work really hard on finishing up the rock on our house. I spent hours at it - used up 250 lbs of mortar and got the job done. Then in the evenings Ken and I are making good progress on getting the siding done. Hopefully we will be able to finish that up tomorrow evening.
- Being able to spend a lot of romantic one on one time with Ken - doing things like putting up siding. :-)
So there are some benefits of there just being the two of us (and in a few years that might be what it is like most of the time) and we will enjoy this week but over all I am so glad my life is not without children!
Here are some of the things that I miss while having our children gone.....
- Singing together.
- Hearing them practice their instruments.
- Reading together and talking about it.
- Mealtime conversations.
- Bedtime prayers and kisses.
- Their appreciation for every meal that I make. I hope they are thanking the cooks at camp as well as they thank me for every meal.
- Them taking care of the ducks and chickens.
- Working together to clean up after a meal.
- Getting share fun things with them - like seeing this snapping turtle that wandered through our property yesterday. She spend a couple of hours wandering here and there before going into the river. Also today I had this butterfly circle me and land on me several times while I was working. The kids would have loved sharing those experiences with me.