Dear Children of Mine-
I know this has been a hard couple of weeks. Instead of coming home at 2:30, Mommy doesn't get home until 5:00, just in time to make dinner, clean up messes, run errands, and smooth over any and all fights that took place for the nine hours I was gone. The calendar I made for you doesn't seem to be doing the trick. You still find ways to do nothing but sit in front of the tv. Oh well. At least you're safe there.
I miss you! I miss doing activities with you for those couple of hours before dinner time. I am so tired when I get home, now, that it's all I can do to get you a decent meal. Oh well. At least you're fed, by me.
I know you miss me, too, because each of you seems to be taking a turn sleeping in my bed at night. Your bad dreams have increased, again, and all you want is to cuddle with Mommy. I hope that never ends! I love that you know that you can come into Mommy and I will comfort you and protect you and make your bad dreams go away. Whenever I have to go to the store, you ALL want to come with me. You just want to be with me all the time. I love that.
I hope you know how much I love you. I work very hard for you, so that you can have what you need. We are a team. You know that. I have told you before that we are a unit. Mommy will always work hard for you. I will always comfort you and protect you.
You get to have sleepovers at Papa and Grandma's tomorrow. You will love seeing your cousins and staying up all night! Then, you get to go camping with your dad for the weekend. It will be so great for you to be out in the wide open and to explore and get dirty and discover new things. I will miss you, though. I will long for the minute you get home.
I am proud of you. I love you. Each of you is so special to me! I will always be the luckiest mommy in the whole wide world!