New Year, New Season

Things keep changing around here. This is Texas and the weather changes as frequently as the second hand on the clock in these in between seasons. In between May and October there’s only one season: hot. The rest of the year it can be a surprise every morning and afternoon not to mention after dark when all bets are off. We’ve gone from 35 degree nights to 90 degree days in the same 24 hour period. Never a dull moment.

But the real change is that the husband is home all the time now. A bit earlier than we had marked on the calendar- about 3 years earlier. However, as we all know- we really do not have control over anything. So, here we are… home together. Again.

When seasons of life change how do you adjust?

We (I) found it interesting and frustrating at the same time; for about 3-4 weeks. Now it’s become as familiar as it was before the first baby arrived.

There’s lots of catching up to do. Seasons change as do people. We don’t notice the changes on the surface because they are still the same person we married {a long time ago, and far away}. But we both have changed in small ways. Our expectations are off because neither of us has responded in the ways we have come to expect of the other.

However in this one thing we can be sure- that we are still in this for the long haul and whatever that brings. We are so much more aware that things can change quickly and without warning- like our weather. It makes us appreciate the moments in time together.

He’s realizing that I’m a slow starter in the mornings and silence is my friend with music in the background for about the first two hours of the day.

And I’m realizing that he has more words in him than I ever thought possible….

So we give grace. And smile. Or frown. And we try not to bicker too much in front of the children since it upsets a son’s equilibrium.  OY!

 

Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvellous deeds. Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-18