All Who Are Weary

My family has managed to stay healthy all winter long….until last week.  The flu has found its way to our house and my husband is the first victim.  It isn’t surprising really, considering the number of people he comes in contact with on a daily basis.  He went to the doctor this morning and she suggested he prepare to be off work the entire week.  He has been completely miserable and has me very concerned that one of the kids or myself will be next.  The flu leaves this weird, lingering feeling…like there is an invisible intruder in our home.  An intruder that wants to take you out and lay you on your back and render you helpless for several days.  Or a couple of weeks.  The last few days I have gotten the opportunity to experience what life is like to be a single parent to three small kids – and whew, no easy task.  My hat is off to all of the single mothers of the world.  I definitely have a new appreciation for all of the things my husband brings to this family, some things just don’t get noticed like they should until they are locked up in a bedroom for a few days.  My boys need their wrestling partner!  I need an adult to talk to.

My mom shared this song with me last night, very fitting for what we are going through here at home.  Also, Matthew 11:28 comes to mind:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

So thankful for the road map our Heavenly Father has given us to navigate our way through life’s twists and turns.  We all have our own burdens that we carry – high stress jobs, busy schedules, illnesses, death of a loved one, dealing with difficult people, etc.  Don’t try to do it all on your own.  While this hasn’t been easy for us,  I know it is fulfilling a greater purpose and I have seen good come from it.  It is bringing me closer to my children and showing me how much I need my husband…two things that I am very grateful for.

Leaving you with some beautiful Valentine’s roses.  Be confident in knowing that you are loved and cared for and you don’t have to go through life alone.

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Caitlin Sullivan - Needed this so much today. Thank you! Feel better soon Mehl crew xo

Kaila - What beautiful truth! How very much I love your blog, your photos and your heart! Thank you so much for sharing as I can really relate!
And what beautiful photos!

Heather Blackford Drudge - I felt the same way when I was left at home with 6 kids and my husband went on a business trip!

Angela Marie Altenhof - I get it! Maya got flu 12/24….me 12/26…..It was tough!

Marlene Blackford - You got a little break at my house. Loved decorating cookies with your “little cookie monsters”. Tell Ava the cookie she made me was yummy!

Nicole Mehl - It’s rough doing it alone! You don’t really realize just how much husband/dad contributes to the family until they aren’t there. I recognize you from MOPS Heather – hoping to work up the courage to leave the house with my three babies so I can come back, I have really missed it. Have a blessed week! 🙂

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