Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Counting My Blessings

OK, so things are a bit crazy here at the orphanage. So crazy in fact, that I can't even write about it. The internet has proven to be a loving place for me to bare my soul, but it's not an entirely secure place. So, the experience I'm going through right now will be one for the book. You'll just have to buy (or at least borrow) a copy whenever it is written.

In the meantime, there is nothing to do but soldier on. 

Tom left on Monday afternoon and flies out of the country tomorrow morning. It is going to be a long 60+ days. 

But, let's call it an adventure why don't we? And in that spirit, let's think of as many benefits or enjoyable things this could mean for me. 

First of all, I love reading at light and having the bed all to myself means I get to leave the light on as long as I like--all night if I'm so disposed. (They're energy saving!)

In the evening, I might choose to watch 10 minutes of news to keep up with current events but I won't have to watch an hour of talking heads unless I really want to. I will of course bend this rule for Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan. Yum! I mean very informative. MmmHmm.

After watching (or not) the news, I can have my pick of any girly shows I want and no one will roll their eyes. Well, I do still have teenage boys in the house, but I can deal with their scorn.

I'm planning a party for the Royal Wedding! I've invited all the Peace Corps and missionary girls in a 200 mile radius. It's gonna be fun. We're going to make chick food and petit fours. We'll watch all the wedding coverage and for extra fun we're also going to watch the full, 5 hour long, BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Hello, Colin Firth!

So, what other benefits can there be for having no man around the house for 2 months? Tell me in the comments and I'll share the best and most creative comments in a future post.


  1. No stubble left in the sink when he shaves! That was HUGE for me! Yep, it's the little things!!

  2. No one stealing the covers at night. You get the whole bed to yourself! So kick your legs over to the other side and enjoy being able to stretch out.

  3. At our house, it would be no dirty socks left in random places... like in between the couch cushions, or on the stairs, or by the mouse of the computer. :)

    Your wedding bash sounds fantastic!!

  4. You had me at the whole bed to myself and the light on as long as I want...

  5. things you put away stay away,

    those special treats you have stashed in the fridge for when you're grumpy, actually stay there til you're read to eat them,

    less washing

    you don't have to share the computer

    Love your idea of the royal wedding party!

  6. So glad comment hour brought me to your blog! I'm following you now.

  7. Visiting from comment hour! It's hard when they leave, but fun to get to do things we want to do without feeling selfish or like we need to compromise...

  8. I love your party idea. What a great way to gather everyone together!

  9. no man in the house = no shaving my legs :)

  10. The party for watching the wedding sounds fun!


  11. VEry interesting blog. I'm going to come back and read more. Came over from the SITS comment hour.

  12. All the covers to yourself! YAY for that!

  13. You are such a compassionate lady! I send thoughts and prayers your way for you, your family, and the orphans!

  14. I'll have to come back when I have more time. Such a powerful blog. Stopped by from #commenthour

  15. Always look forward to seeing what you post about it always inspires me to want to do more.

    SITS Love,

    The Wife

  16. Hi Amy. Been visiting since last week's #CommentHour. Love reading your updates.

  17. Oh, girl, this post is right up my alley. My man is leaving (albeit only for the weekend) on Friday. I am going to sleep in, watch my reality tv shows, read that new book, eat what I want without considering anyone else, and did I mention SLEEP in??? ♥ OMG, I hope it doesn't rain and ruin MY weekend (he is going backpacking). lmao

  18. How fun! A party?!?! That is such a great idea. It's going to be an event and one that I am definitely going to be watching. I hope whatever you went through you are okay and you are right some things are just too personal to bare via the web. Great post!


  19. Oh wow, how cool at what you are doing. My DH is deployed right now, and the best thing about not having him around? Not cleaning up those microscopic stray hairs that land all over the bathroom sink from when he cuts his hair every.single.week.

    new follower from the comment hour! =)

  20. I'm not very creative, but I'd eat all the things that I LOVE that he HATES so we usually don't fix them! :)


  21. At our house when Wildcat is traveling overseas for business, it means "no snoring!!" LOL. Of course, my husband accuses me of snoring. I do not!!

  22. Benefits of noone else to answer to - FREEDOM - that is the way I look at it but of course it is different if you know they are coming back

    stopping by from #commenthour at sits

  23. Amy- I am praying for your ministry- especially knowing that there are things right now that you just can't write about! God Bless Ya'll-

    uh, Who's feeding the snakes?

  24. Here from #CommentHour - so true about having all the covers to yourself and being able to watch whatever you like. Let the teenage boys roll their eyes - you deserve the freedom!

  25. I love having the covers to myself! LOL
    I missed @CommentHour tonight, but I still wanted to come by and visit.


    Toqua’s Crafts

  26. Wow, you go girl, great job being positive in such a hard situation! I would have to say that I miss have girl movie nights with my friends when my hubby worked nights. I also miss being able to join any twitter party I want and not worry about the hubby pouting. Also just the ability to work on my business all night if I wanted to.

  27. that wedding party sounds cool.

    No man = nobody drinking milk right out of the container. Oh that's just my pet peeve with my husband! - lol.

  28. 60 days?! Wow! But you've got an awesome outlook! I love having the bed to myself! That is until my toddler decides to join me! LOL!

    You have an awesome ministry & thank you for your service to those kids!

    Stopping by from SITS comment hour!

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