When he’s away… again!


One of my sweet friend’s husband has a job that keeps him traveling… often. She tweeted recently about how bored & lonely she gets. Before we had kids… and even all these years later, when my Man travels, I view my time & energy differently.   Here’s a list of the many things I often do while he’s away… and please, add your own list at the end. (He still travels & I’m always happy for new ideas!)

-Paint a room in the house (or a “border” back in the 90’s, or the kitchen floor

a few years ago)

– Craft projects that I’ve been wanting to finish (or start)

– Hang out with people from church that I’m mentoring

– Watch the TV shows that I love but he hates

– Color my hair (it used to be all sorts of colors during our early years of marriage

when he traveled a lot & I was my own hairdresser!)

– Bake… for neighbors, friends & to stock up our freezer

-Talk on the phone every night & catch up with all my friends

– Call my Mom and his parents, especially if he’s overseas (and even more so

before facebook was ever present)

– Stay up too late. (Not because I’m scared, but somehow my brain thinks

“he’s coming home and I wanna wait up”)

-Make meals that do NOT meet all the food-group-requirements

(tonight was hamburger helper… from a BOX! Abimanation!)

-Send him way more text messages than he will have opportunity to respond to

(This, of course, is a more recent development. it used to be emails & before that it

was an occasional phone call… if there was a  land line nearby. Weird, huh?)

-Miss him. Pray for him

– Scramble to straighten up the house the night before he comes home

(this has faded slightly over the years as the “kid count” has grown! )

– I don’t worry, though. He’s a man who follows Jesus and doing HIS will

put my Man exactly where he’s supposed to be.




7 thoughts on “When he’s away… again!

  1. Enjoy the silence of no technical devices for one day…to enjoy the Peace of talking to God without any disruptions.

    Then the next day- crank up a worship CD!!!! Fill the house with Praise of music that I love and I know my husband isn’t as passionate about as I am!!!

  2. I usually like to rearrange “something” in the house…I’m so predictable that Anth’s first thing to do when he comes home is to figure out what’s different.

  3. I like to throw parties for people when Troy is away. This past summer when Troy was at youth camp, I threw a “Chocolate” party for a friend who was expecting her third. It keeps my week busy with planning and preparing to bless someone else. Loneliness has a terrible way of steering our focus inward. This helps me to stop feeling sorry for my lonely butt and do something for someone else.

  4. It is amazing what I get done when Steve is gone…He has and will be traveling more. He will soon be saying bye,bye and going to Whales for almost a week. While he is gone I am going to investigate this new IPhone… He insists that his IPhone is already out of date. I also look forward to maybe hosting our pastor’s daughter over. She wants to learn about healh food(she is 5):) I also like to bake like you do Netta. I found this amazing recipe for banana bread. Great blog! Lastly, time alone means more time with God. When my babe returns I will be able to be an even greater blessing to him. We both win, even when he is gone.

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