Military wives are often asked "how do you do it?", or "I would go crazy" when referring to husbands being gone for weeks and months on end. I never have a good answer beyond "you just do it". There is no choice, no alternative and I was fully aware of this when I walked down the aisle to that handsome man in 1997. It's what we do and the children also learn to just do it as well.
What we focus on when he is gone is not how miserable we are and sit and cry together, but we live. We have fun, go on trips, laugh and enjoy each other. We miss Terry and talk about him often, and tell him about our adventures. We make memories together. Good memories.
I made a layout for Scrapbooking From The Inside Out's March gallery, Inspiration to highlight just that. The fact that while our life might be hard when Terry is away; we make it a good life. We eat pancakes, have movie nights, make forts, and giggle together.
I nearly abandoned it mid way through because I didn't want it to send the message to my kids or anyone looking at it that we preferred Terry to be gone and that's what made our life good. Not at all. But our life doesn't stop when he isn't there-we keep going and make it as good as possible.
So as we sit here for a very short 2 weeks together while he away, we are making this good too. We've already played with friends, enjoyed some outside time and went to our school district lunch show. Making the best of it!
Off for some antique and consignment shopping!