Once again it’s time for me to make my monthly contribution to the ChristianWriters.com blog chain. During May we are discussing the topic “Nurture”. This can bring many different images to people’s minds, but for me, as a parent, the biggest thing that immediately comes to my mind is nurturing my children. This is quite topical for me at the moment because during the month of May I am having to give a double-dose of nurturing to my kids.
My beautiful wife is curently studying at university to become a registered nurse. We discovered at the beginning of this year, that she had been assigned a four-week prac in Hobart, at the other end of the state. This was obviously not acceptable. We could not expect our children to be without their mother for an entire month. We debated, and pleaded with the university to arrange her a placement closer to home. We went through every channel possible. All to no avail. Eventually we just had to accept the inevitable and trust God like crazy.
It was going to be a huge challenge. Not only would my wife be alone in another city with no family support, it was going to be a financial burden. The university doesn’t provide any assistance to students being placed away from home. We would have to find funds for accomodation, food, and the big one – Petrol! We had to accept that this was just going to be a huge faith-building excercise.
It hasn’t been easy, but we’re managing. My wife is having a very good prac. She is learning a lot and it seems that she is going to do very well in this subject. She was able to come up for the weekend which was costly in terms of petrol, but wonderful all the same.
Meanwhile, I’m getting a little taste of what it’s like to be a single dad. My parents have been absolutely wonderful with picking up kids from school, looking after them until I finish work, and a few other unexpected blessings.
All this one-on-one time with my kids reminds me that there are many children out there who living with absent fathers. Being a father isn’t just about the big memorable moments – It’s all the little things like helping your son get dressed, and listening to your daughter read. It’s about kissing them goodnight, and making their lunches, and seeing them safely onto the school bus. It’s a lot of hard work – but it’s all part of nurturing the children that God has blessed you with. I’m getting plenty of opportunity to build relationship with my kids and that is a wonderful thing. It’s a great responsibility to be entrusted with children to nurture, but it’s also a wonderful blessing. You can’t have one without the other.
Follow the Chain
- 01/05/2012: Mike Johnson, The College Field Manual
- 02/05/2012: Chris Henderson, TheWriteChris
- 04/05/2012: Bill Jones, I Was Thinking the Other Day About
- 05/05/2012: Stephen Olar, Snickerdoodles
- 06/05/2012: Nona King, Spirit Driven Fiction
- 07/05/2012: Adam Collings, The Collings Zone YOU ARE HERE
- 08/05/2012: Keith Wallis, wordsculptures
- 09/05/2012: Victor Travison, Lightwalker’s View
- 10/05/2012: Pegg Thomas, The Sheepish Scribe
- 11/05/2012: Carol Peterson, From Carol’s Quill
- 12/05/2012: Deborah K. Anderson, Faith, Fiction, and Unvarnished Truth
- 13/05/2012: Lynn Mosher, Heading Home
- 14/05/2012: Marina Rojas
- 15/05/2012: Terrie Thorpe, Light for the Journey
- 16/05/2012: Kristena Tunstall, Mommy’s Angel In Heaven
- 17/05/2012: Tracy Krauss, Expression Express
- 18/05/2012: Edward Lewis, Sowing the Seeds
- 19/05/2012: Traci Bonney, Tracings
- 20/05/2012: Brian Jones, Andeluvia
- 21/05/2012: SandiGrace, Heart Gazer
- 22/05/2012: Stephanie Boles, 80 Acres and a Book
- 23/05/2012: Carol Peterson, From Carol’s Quill
- 24/05/2012: Israel Ikhinmwin, Education Made Simple
- 24/05/2012: Noel Kline, A Clean Heart and Cozy Home
- 25/05/2012: Pauline Creeden, Hosanna’s Christian Reader
- 26/05/2012: Samuel R. Choy, Samuel R. Choy
- 27/05/2012: Nona King, Word Obsession
- 28/05/2012: Joseph Lalonde, Joseph Lalonde
- 29/05/2012: Chris Vonada, I’m Just Thinkin’
- 30/05/2012: Marilyn, Life 101: Understanding It All
- 31/05/2012: Jacky Brown, JayBees Blog