A year ago was one of the worst weeks of the year. Truly, it sucked. Aaron was out of town for a month. My parents, who can drive me batty after a time, had been in town for almost a month. Our truck-fixing-saga still continued to suck money right out of our savings account. I found out I was having a boy and my initial not-so-happy reaction surprised and shamed me (to note: I LOVE my boy and can't believe I was ever sad about the prospect of a boy. At the time, I knew that I would eventually come around, but in the moment was sad and felt so ashamed of that reaction.). I burned my hand taking something out of the oven. I learned that a good friend was moving to Japan. I was TIRED, so very pregnant tired, and got in a disagreement with my mother-in-law over whether or not Aaron was more tired than I. I'm pretty sure I pissed off my sister-in-law, who then got into a car accident that same day - not related events but I sure felt like they were. Aaron accepted a gig to shoot a music video with two close friends of ours and as soon as the dates were set, I had a break down and realized that all of my energy had been completely spent. This would cut into what little free time/break/vacation that Aaron had had in the last year and I just couldn't keep up on my own. I was a mess and Aaron had to say No after already saying Yes. A disaster. And then, to top it all off, that was the week that Haven decided she didn't want to nap and I so desperately needed her to nap and proceeded to tell her such with a bit of frustrated yelling. Not my finest moment. Such an ugly week.
By comparison, this one year anniversary week of that sucky week has actually been pretty good. All things considered. Aaron is out of town, again, and this has been our first week without him but I've done pretty well (pat on the back for me). The kids have been in good spirits, the house is in one piece, I've managed to feed all of us with pretty good food, and I've been getting a decent amount of sleep. I realize this won't last forever, but I'm proud of our week. It makes me feel like we can make it the entire five weeks that Aaron will be gone. We may be a little worse for wear in the end, but hopefully not too bad.
There are winds forecast for this weekend, appropriate for this anniversary. While I (still) dislike wind, it serves as a reminder to me of god's presence in all things - good weeks and bad.