gather up the fragments that nothing may be lost

spencer has been traveling back and forth between here and sweatsville-Austin since the beginning of summer.
he's missed a lot. swim team, singing performances, first day of school,
et cetera.
et cetera.

in spite of feeling like we're constantly treading water during the time he's gone, i think the kids and i have handled business relatively well on our own. like a bunch of champs in fact.
that's not to say we haven't each had moments where our legs grew too heavy to keep our heads above water any longer. we have. and still do.
i just try harder now to appreciate how easy life is while he's here,
and how great a thing take-out every night is while he's gone.