According to the "homesick counter" at this very second there are 12 days 6 hours 11 minutes and 22 seconds left until my dear husband arrives back in Western Washington. I cannot begin to express how much I miss this man! I feel that this time around is far harder than I remember his 3 weeks away last summer were. I don't know why. It could be that last time for the first week I had my sister here with her whole family and by the time she left we only had 2 weeks left.
I think the kids have handled it far better than they did last summer but I'm not so sure I have.
On Valentine's Day I found this post at Paradosis. What a beautiful gift. I listen to the song daily.
There is an old saying, the original sounds so much more beautiful....
"Always toward absent lovers love's tide stronger flows."
I find this to be profoundly true. And because of this I am thankful for this separation. We have a tendency to take things for granted way too much and the absence brings those things out loud and clear. I pray that I will walk away from this challenge a stronger more giving person, a more grateful and thankful person.
Thank you for your continued prayers through the last half of this challenge.