My husband got home about a week before Thanksgiving and he doesn’t head back on the road until January 1st. He spent 250 days on the road this year. Yes, two hundred fifty. This means I saw him about 25% of this year. (And there was also all the time he spent recording new songs – home, but still working!)
Saying that it’s “nice to have him home” is a huge understatement but I cant help but reflect on those 250 days apart. It kind of sucked.
I had more “I can’t do this anymore” conversations than I care to admit but I’m finishing 2014 as a happy wife. Here’s how:
We made quality communication a priority. We would plan out our days together so that we could talk for more than 3 minutes at a time. We had a ton of long conversations that were sweeter and better than any we had while he was home. I worked on things that I wanted to work on. I started to rebuild my photography business after our cross-country move. Work is good for us. Work hard while that man is on the road. I worked hard at building new relationships. I went to every social function I possibly could and sent texts and messages to friends, new and old. I told people when Dan was home and when he was gone. I found how important it is to let your friends and family know exactly how long you’re home alone for. It’s equally important for them to know when he gets back. You’ll build a community of people around you who get excited for his return home and check in with you while he’s away.
How much was your road warrior away this year? How do you maintain your long-distance relationship?