Yesterday was a stress-filled day. Our first day of school...why is it that first days are so hard? We were all anxious for school to begin, so why is it that it never lives up to our expectations? Faith was so poky yesterday I thought she would be in fourth grade before she finished writing a page of words and definitions. But no one cried...that was good. That was a first I think. (I wish I could say the same for today.)
But, all day my heart was heavy with Geoff moving out. He was only home a week between apartments, but I so loved waking up in the morning and having everyone under one roof. No one to worry about because they are all there, under my wings. Because of Geoff's work schedule we planned to drive his few pieces of furniture to his apartment after dinner. He is just 20 minutes away on campus, so I knew we could do it. Doug was impatient, however, and anxious for some reason. We argued before we left -- Geoff felt his impatience and I'm sure interpreted it wrongly. I'm always the one buffering the hurt feelings in our home. That's why mothers are made "cushy," I'm certain -- we are the shock absorbers of the family, reducing the friction between the ones we love.
After we left him at his apartment, small, but at least clean, and in a slightly less scary neighborhood than last year, I drove home alone, since we had needed two vehicles. My heart was still heavy. Feeling completely unneeded, unnecessary, and even a little unwanted, I was on the verge of tears when my cell phone rang. The call was from home where Faith had stayed with Joshua.
"Hi mommy," she said in her sweet, little girl voice. "Hi, sweetie," I said, "what's up?"
"Mommy, what is that black phone for?" she asked.
"Do you mean in the laundry room, sweetie?" I replied.
"Yes. Why is the black phone in there?" she asked again.
"Well, that's the phone grandpa put in for me," I replied.
"You mean because the phone always rings when you're washing clothes?" she asked.
"Yup, that's right," I said.
"Is it only for emergencies?" she asked.
"No," I said, "It's for whenever I'm in the laundry room."
"Oh. Can I call you right back?" she asked. "Sure," I said, laughing to myself.
A minute later the phone rang. "Hi, mommy. I did it. I dialed the new phone," she said, excited.
"Do you mean you're standing right by the washing machine?" "Yes," she said. "I could reach."
"That's awesome, sweetie. I'll see you in a few minutes when I get home," I said.
"O.k. Bye, mommy. I love you."
I have never questioned God for giving me the family that He did -- four children spaced from ages 21 to 8. I always knew God was smarter than I, and while it was not the family I ever thought I'd have, it was what God knew that I needed. Yesterday evening I was ever so glad for His wisdom.
- Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways! Romans 11:33