My husband is officially a resident of Japan. He has the work visa and address to prove it. My breath is coming a little easier now that I know he's arrived safe and sound.
Very early yesterday morning, the children and I loaded up my car and drove him to the airport.
Looking over our pictures as they were taken, I figured they seemed blurry since I was teary-eyed. But no. Upon later inspection it was diagnosed as "shaky hand syndrome". I couldn't hold the darn camera straight when I tried to capture a moment.
The morning hit us all pretty hard.
As you can see before dropping eldest off at school, the young ones seem to be doing allright now that their Daddy is gone.
This next week it will set in and I anticipate eldest will have a few rough days as she re-adjusts once again. But we'll get through it.
We're all in the "gone for two weeks" mindset. It's going to be much longer than that, but since a separation spanning that length of time is so foreign to us, that's how eldest and I have decided to deal with it.
Two weeks at a time.
I am going to sorely miss my best friend, my love, my confidant, my advisor and partner in crime. He who I can be so extraordinarily ridiculous and silly with that I almost feel as if a part of me is going to be missing until Christmas.
Thank goodness for the children!
We'll whether this new chapter in our adventure called life together. And we'll be loving and silly, capturing every moment as we do so. We'll also spend many moments thinking and praying for husband and ourselves.
In the meantime, I'm going to reflect on our last few days together, whichw ere also spent with my parents. Our home was brimming with the love of family, and even though it's now half as full, I can still feel them with me.
We spent the last weekend gathering some of husband's necessities. There were the crisp, starched white shirts from Brooks Brothers.
Am I a complete nerd for loving neatly stacked work shirts? My husband knows the way to my heart in spades!
There were lovely new merino wool socks, plenty of toiletries, a Sony Digital Reader, his PS3, and Tony Sachere's seasonings that joined my husbands three hefty suitcases that were overflowing with clothes.
Before they were very nicely packed away, they made wonderfully soft mountains for the children to enjoy. Both spent tons of time playing near and in them.
Despite the fact that we were running around for his return to Tokyo-and squeezed in not one, but two date nights-our days together were still fairly laid back. We were able to spend time as an entire family and that warms my heart.
So did this.
We are very blessed to have so many who care and look out for us. I'll write more about my parents visit in the next few days, though for right now I'm going to take some extra time for myself and my children-starting with preparing some delicious pumpkin bread with the wee one after taking eldest to school.
There are many little projects around the house that need to be taken care of, but they're going to have to wait a few days since one of my dearest friends and sorority sister's is coming for a visit!
I think it will make the transition into our new normal a little easier than it's been in the past. Plus? We're going to have lots of good old-fashioned fun. We always do!
Be back soon, all. Enjoy the rest of your week.