Friday, March 25, 2011

Remembering to Forget

Ever have that nagging feeling like you forgot something? Like you forgot to do something? Or you walk into a room and can't remember why you did? Yeah, that was me all last week. I was lost without my husband. Each day, he was up and gone from sun up to sundown. I meandered around, doing my best to fill the void with things to do and places to go, but alas, I just needed him. We needed us. I realize we may not make much sense to some people, but then again, we are not 'most' people. We need time together, and we do best when we are by each other's side. Last week was one of the longest and most emotionally/spiritually/physically draining weeks to date. As you may have guessed the 'new' job didn't work out so well, but honestly, I would rather get by on less and have him around, then have him work constantly and never see him.

I have been scouring my books on homesteading, coming up with various ways I can help out around home to save us some money. Thus far, I am working on our garden out back. I make a loaf of bread from scratch every two to three days. I make our soap, I make lotion bars, I make body scrub, and am working towards homemade doggie treats for Molly and cleaning supplies.

Honestly, I enjoy all this so much more just knowing each hour I put into making something myself is another means to keeping my husband home just a little bit more.

Besides, I'm pretty sure he is the better half of me....


blessedmom's simple home said...

So inspiring Jacklyn. I'm sorry I haven't been around too much lately. I just added your blog to my sidebar, so now I will be able to catch your updates more quickly.
Thank you so much for your prayers for my nephew. He's improving and may be able to return to the states next week. Then his family will be able to join him. We really appreciate the love and encouragement.

Cheyenne said...

I understand one thousand percent. My husband has been working from long before sun sup to long past sun down. The other day I hung some of his shirts in the house to dry and my 18 month old daughter was hugging his shirts saying 'da da.' She misses him too. I keep telling myself that this 'too shall pass..' because it surely must, we can't stay busy like this forever.

I also think it's so refreshing for you to 'want' your husband around. There are a lot of girl's around here - there husbands work away on the rigs and they find it so hard when they come home and say they fight so much because they are just used to their own routine. Be happy that we both miss our guys when they are gone!

McFarland-Higgins family said...

I can completely relate! My husband travels a lot for work, a necessary evil with a family of seven and only one income, but the time he is away feels so disjointed. I, too, spend a lot of time finding ways for us to live comfortably on less, and it is amazing how much you use that you really don't need!
And, the more you make homemade, the more you realize that it is so much healthier for your family. You go, girl!

Kelli said...

Such a sweet post. You are blessed to have a spouse with whom you WANT to spend time. :) The Hubster and I have gone through many ups and downs in our relationship but we are now to that point where it is a pleasure to spend time with him. I also admire your efforts to make things easier at home. I have gotten much more serious in my couponing recently in an effort to lighten the burden. Every little bit helps. I hope you have MUCH time with your husband in the coming days. :)