We’ve had a tough couple of months. It’s hard to pinpoint the rough patches on just one thing (not that I’m looking to blame any one thing on life’s difficulties). It’s worth it to point out that my husband is temporarily working far, far away to support our family. The kids were used to the one to two-week business trips Steve has had in the past, but when we found out he’d be gone for several months nothing could prepare any of us for that.
I’m not a good single parent, and Steve doesn’t like to be away from us. The kids adjusted as best they could, but still ached for their Daddy something fierce. I did too—marriage is a partnership for a reason. Phone calls, texts and Skype helped a little bit, but we all really wanted his extended time away to fast forward. We had an 8-month countdown started to when Steve would be back home, but mid-way through Steve had the opportunity to come home. He was thrilled with this news. I was thrilled. The kids didn’t find out right away because life’s plans are so unpredictable, so we decided to surprise them. I think you’ll agree that they are thrilled as well.
Littlest Sis’ biggest surprise:
We’re going off the grid for a few days to catch up, to be a family again and to be thankful to have time, precious, precious time together….I hope you don’t mind.
Cathy Jameson is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.