Between my personal and professional commitments I am balancing a tight rope these days.
June is a beautiful time on the prairie. The days are long with daylight by 5AM and light in western sky past 10PM. As the days get longer I think I try to cram more into the day.
It’s Monday night and I have already completed one whirlwind out of state business trip. The kids stayed at the farm while I flew in and out of the airport just a short sixty mile drive compared to usual ninety mile commute. Uncles Joe and Robbie are fun-loving baby sitters that the girls adore combined doting attention from my parents and grandparents. I have guilty working mom worries when I know everyone is content and happy at home! Hubby Nathan is home taking care of some house (endless) projects that I am excited to see and of course working hard during his very busy season of being a lumber yard and general contractor ace. As he explains to Hunter “summer is our Super Bowl”.
This morning my mom with her co-pilot Miss E took Hunter and cousin Logan to Bible camp. It is the same camp I grew up attending and this is Hunter’s fifth year but Logan’s first time. They will have a blast together and I am so excited to pick them up at the end of the week and hear about their camp experience.
Tonight after a long day of a presentation and a couple flights I was anxious to get back the farm. Robbie and I talked on the phone as I drove home from the airport…with the windows down just smell the air that smelled like alfalfa. Anika fell asleep in his arms and couldn’t hold out for her mommy to get home. No surprise from our sleeping beauty. He assured me the E was holding out and not going to bed until I was home. She had gone on a crop scouting tour with Gpa Fred and Mama Jane. And she had some important work to do of…
feeding her baby Jared (who wears pink). Jared is sitting in the high chair that was once my mom’s doll high chair. (Yes E is wearing Christmas dog jammies. She still LOVES them because they have Charlie the dog child and Butler the farm dog on them or so she says.)
No matter how wild my working life is as a mom, it is absolutely the best reward to come home to children whose eyes sparkle when they see you while they give you hugs and kisses. Anika’s eyes were shut but I think she smiled in her sleep when I kissed her. E and I rocked on the porch before I put her into her bed. It was a blissful end to my wild day.