The past 9 days while Steve was in China were some of the hardest parenting days I have been through in the 2.5 years I have enjoyed being a mom....I'm sure I'll have worse days ahead but it was a trying week for us! Steve left on Sunday, Sept. 16 and the picture below says it better than I ever could!
If that is not one of the saddest pictures of my son that I have ever seen, I'm not sure what is. He was absolutely distraught saying good bye to Steve. It was a mixture of tears, yelling, angry words, empty threats and to top it all off "DADDY, I'm too yittle to take care of mommy all by myself, I NEED YOU!!!" It was pitiful and I'm so glad I did not see this picture until after Steve got home!
Caleb cried off and on throughout the days following....and also hit one of the most rebellious stages of his two years of life at the same time. I was really thankful for some good friends and community who stepped in to help - thank you Ross and Renee, Michelle, Marty and Holzman family specifically - couldn't have done it without you!
Needless to say, we were THRILLED this past Monday when Steve arrived home in time for dinner!!
It has been such a relief to have daddy/husband home, to have someone else to talk to and bounce ideas off of, to have someone to "tag team" the difficult moments and ask how to handle things! Welcome back, hunnie! You were so very, very missed around here!!
Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and for Steve while he was gone! The trip went really well and Steve really enjoyed China!