So here I am, writing a blog post during for a us a busy week.
A beloved member of our congregation has died. He lived to a ripe old age, but he will be missed.
What does that mean for us as a Pastor's Family?
1. Understanding that Dad won't be around much.
I do have to admit that it makes the house seem quieter, but since that quietness is different it sometimes sets us off a bit as we adjust to that change. No TV running on the main floor of the house, and no one to exclaim with us over new things we are learning.
2. Knowing we need to keep the housework under control
I am SO not a great housekeeper, so I tend to do one load of laundry at a time and work at things slowly which sometimes means a broom is left out, or books are on the table or what have you. But when it's a busy week,it's better for us as a family if I focus a bit more on getting things done on a more timely basis. This way the state of the house doesn't cause stress in a busy man's life. Sweeping floors, tidying shoes, washing dishes and all that stuff. A tidy house lends itself to a quieter mind.
3. Keeping the noise levels quiet
When one has a strongly introverted hubby who doesn't handle noise at the best of times it is important when things are busy to be sensitive to that fact and keep noise levels away from a tired man.
4. Schooling gets disrupted!
It's amazing. Even if we aren't always highly involved in planning the arrangements and what not, whenever there is a disruption in my hubby's work (funeral, wedding, illness etc) it affects how our schooling goes. I can either get frustrated by it or learn to roll with the flow. This week we've had two days of shortened school hours. Source of stress or source of ...ooh.. let's do things differently. Today, on the day of funeral, my son delighted in discovering that wax makes paper water proof. Poof... excitement in learning.. a good thing that eh? :)
- Seems odd to add prayer to the list, but it's an important thing to remember. Prayer gets people through. Prayer for each other, prayer for those who mourn, prayer to just be able to go with the flow. This morning, hubby texted saying "the message just isn't coming together for me". This gave the lad and I an opportunity to pause our lives and talk to God about Dad's need. And you know what... prayer answered.. hubby gave a good message that fit well the man who was laid to rest and gave hope to those gathered. A good thing that indeed. :)
I'd write more but I have to fly. Hubby needs me! :)
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