The Kids

The Kids

Monday, January 14, 2013

My Thank You Speech

I have not been feeling up to writing much this past week.

Of course, I have also been running around like a crazy person taking care of three kids and all of their activities and driving back and forth to PA for the funeral, and closing out Thirty-One parties, all while Nick is in China-so that could have something to do with it as well.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank a few people.

Wow, I sound like I am accepting an award.  I guess that is what I get for watching the Golden Globes last night.  Hey, it was fun to leave this reality for a couple of hours and watch people who do not live in the real world congratulate each other over their acting skills.


My friend, Stephanie, has been amazing this past week.  Not only did she keep up with her carpooling responsibilities, but she came to my house at 5:00 a.m. (AM!) on Thursday so that I could drive to PA for Tom's funeral.  She then got my kids ready for school (that is quite a feat, I must admit) and proceeded to keep Noah for the entire day.  Oh, and that is not all-she also watched Noah the following afternoon (and then Caleb) while I led Abby's AHG group.


I also have to thank my mother-in-law.  She spent three evenings in a row at my house last week.  One night she bathed the boys and got them to bed while I had a Thirty-One open house.  The next evening, she fed and watched the kids while I drove home from the funeral.  And the next evening she stayed with the boys while I took Abby to indoor soccer.  I was actually able to sit and watch her play and NOT have to chase Noah around the building.  It was a lovely thing.

Next I have to thank my sister-in-law.  She gave up her Saturday night to watch the kids so that I could work.  Without complaining about it.  Even though the boys kept goofing off in their room at bedtime and my precious Abby threw a fit that was worthly of junior high attitude.

I also have to thank these really lovely friends of mine-Rebekah and Laura.  With all of our husbands either out of town or working late hours this past week, we decided it was more fun to take on the chaos of our children together.  We ate pizza together while the kids ran around, destroying Laura's basement.  Laura was even so cool as to yell at us when we tried to clean up aftewards.

Finally, there is my mom.  She attended Tom's funeral with me, she cried with me, and she sent me home with homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade bread and the soundtrack to Les Miserables.

Okay, so perhaps sending me with a depressing soundtrack on the day of a funeral was not the wisest thing, but I still loved it.

I could not have gotten this award-oh, excuse me...I could not have gotten through this week without these amazing people.  No wonder God knew it was not good for man to be alone-He knew we needed helpers.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

this reminds me of the "it takes a village" mantra that we so often forget and are afraid to embrace. i am sure that everyone loved being able to help and bless you in those ways. if only we could ask for help more often and not feel guilty about it! i hope you have a less stressful week ahead!