Friday, April 18, 2014

Thoughts From A Sleep Deprived Mother

It's been one of those weeks, the kind you don't want to repeat. Sick children, particularly babies, can drain away all the reserves of a mother so quickly! Not only that, they tend to drain away the reserves of a marriage, too.

Last Friday, Chris took off work to do a few things that needed done, but mostly for he and I to have some us time. We did our errands and ate lunch and then, instead of the usual Thrift Stores, shopping, etc that would be our norm, he took me to an Arboretum. We wandered around there on the paths, dodging mud puddles and enjoying the beginnings of green showing up in the woods. Mostly, though, we just enjoyed each other. We held hands and talked and laughed and sat on the old log cabin's porch and kissed until the bees chased us away! It was lovely.

One week later, and I feel like I'm dying for some us time!! We haven't slept in the same bed for most of the week and waking hours have been spent on everyone but each other. And it's necessary; it's part of being parents. I wouldn't want anybody else to be comforting my sick child! It's beautiful in it's own way, really. Him sending me to bed at 4 a.m. to get a little sleep, me rubbing his back when all I want is to collapse and do nothing....

What I'm thinking though, is this: If it takes so little time to deplete that lovely day off of only a week ago with someone I can see and touch and hear and feel, why am I surprised when my prayers suddenly seem to be bouncing off the ceiling? Might my relationship with my Heavenly Bridegroom take just as many (or maybe even more) lovely moments at an Arboretum? I know we don't always have time for Arboretums, but I know I, for one, could put in a lot more effort to make sure my reserves with my Heavenly Bridegroom don't get depleted! .......or has lack of sleep messed with my mind and this comparison doesn't even make sense?? It seemed like it did, in those few minutes alone in the bathroom........

6 comments:

Linda said...

You got to be alone in the bathroom?! Ack, tell me the secret formula!

But on a serious note: yes, you made sense. And yes, you're 100% correct! And again for us moms, what's the secret formula? Because keeping my Bible in the bathroom isn't working. :P

Bethany Eicher said...

I don't know, Linda, I Don't. Know. A first step for me would be to really CARE whether it happens!! Bathrooms can be little Arboretums, trust me! :)

Bethany Eicher said...

And, btw, wooo hooo! Thanks for the comment! ;)

Karen Regling said...

I want there to be a "Like" button after each post! :)

Bethany Eicher said...

Like! :) Thanks Karen!

Faith said...

Good post Bethany! I am blessed with some wonderful organizers in my home....they took after their Dad rather than me! I still have to consciously "pick up after myself" and am in the thick of teaching my 8 yr. old to do the same!! Blessings to you!