Unexpected Blessings

I travel almost every weekend of my life. My normal schedule is to leave Thursday afternoon and return on Sunday night.  While this schedule allows me to focus on my children on the 3 1/2 days I have them, it does cause me to miss out on some aspects of their lives as well. One of the most difficult consequences of my choices is not being able to kiss my kids good night every night and the small moments I miss when they are with their mom. It is one of the small things I took for granted during my pre-divorce days.

This past weekend I was scheduled to be in the Midwest but our event was cancelled at the last minute due to the crippling wintery weather in that region so I received an unexpected weekend off. Here are a few of the unexpected blessings I got this weekend that I tended to take for granted in the past.

- I got to hang out with Zac and Ragan on Friday night and watch a movie.
- I got to take care of one of my children when she was sick.
- I got to go on a one-on-one date with Kayleigh.
- I got to watch a UNC game with Kayleigh.
- I got to go out on a date with my wife and some friends.
- I got to go to church on Sunday morning with my wife.
- I got to go to church on Sunday evening with my kids.
- I got to spend extra one-on-one time with my wife.
- I got to spend time with my kids every day of the weekend.
- I got to attend a community event with my wife. 
- I got to be lazy and watch TV with my wife.
- I got to sleep in my own bed.

Sometimes the small blessings of life are the ones we take for granted the most. Thank you God for giving me a weekend to celebrate the unexpected blessings.

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