My husband just sent me these pictures:
He and my younger sons are at the park, riding their bikes around the splash zone. It was "only" 85 degrees when they left at 10, so they are taking advantage of the "cooler" weather.
I've been getting pictures similar to these all summer, as my husband has had lots of time to spend with our children. Why? Because my husband's hours have been cut at work. He is only working three days a week right now, and even then, he is encouraged to take vacation time during some of those three days. We don't know how long this will continue, and which direction the company will finally go.
At the surface, this news is devastating. Job uncertainty always is.
However, this situation has been a blessing in so many ways. It worked out that Jim and I were able to schedule our at-work times so that one of us was home with the children every day. We didn't have to pay for care for any of our children (though that is definitely less-than-ideal for our poor babysitter!). I didn't have to worry what was going to happen with Tyler while we were both at work.
And Jim got to spend a lot of bonding time with the little boys. It has been so good for them! I believe that these are times that they are all going to remember, when Daddy was home and played with them.
This situation certainly is not the ideal picture of how I wish life was turning out. But, life never is, and I'm so thankful for the blessing that come with the less-than-ideal times.