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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Things I Miss

...about Joe being gone.

I'll stick with the "theme" for this month and make my list "21 Things"

1. Sunday morning breakfast. Yeah I can make my own breakfast, but it's nice to have someone else make it (and Joe would do the breakfast dishes too!) and this has been a tradition for several years now.

2. Joe's chicken quesadillas. Again, I know I can make this myself, but this is one of those meals Joe would make when I wasn't in the mood to cook dinner!

3. Having Kayla's and my cereal bowls set out on the counter when I wake up. Joe would do this before he left for work.

4. Being able to take a shower in peace! If Kayla's not playing on the floor and getting into everything under the sink then I wonder what trouble she's getting into throughout the rest of the house!

5. Joe giving Kayla her bath 99% of the time. It's going to be hard to lean over that tub and wash her hair when my belly starts getting in the way!

6. Taking turns getting Kayla ready for, and putting her to, bed.

7. Dinner conversations; even though I did most of the talking anyway!

8. Being able to sleep in a little extra on the weekends.

9. Hearing Kayla say "daddy home!" when he would come home at the end of the day.

10. Having Joe remember to water the yard and water the plant in the bedroom.

11. Having Joe remember to feed his fish and refill the tank with water.

12. Having Joe take out the trash and recycle bins...and bring them back to the house (it's hard remembering which days to do all that stuff since those were his "chores")!

13. Having someone else to help change the sheets on the bed. Yes I know one person can do this, but it is easier to have someone on the other side putting the sheets on at the same time! And it doesn't help when that other person is a little preschooler trying to "help" by climbing on the bed and getting under the sheets! Besides, Joe folds the corners under the mattress nice and tight - like he learned in basic training :)

14. Having him here to watch the new seasons of all our shows together.

15. Having him here to rub lotion on my tight, itchy, growing, belly.

16. Foot rubs.

17. Back rubs.

18. Cuddling up with him when I'm falling asleep.

19. Being able to shove my cold feet between his warm legs when I go to bed.

20. Having him here to wash the dinner dishes.

21. Getting a kiss, a hug, and hearing "I love you" every day when he would come home from work.


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45 comments:

Corey~living and loving said...

sigh....this made me smile and feel sad for you all at the same time.
hugs!

Tashasc30 said...

awww i have tears down my eyes.
big hugs for you

Ladyblog said...

Wow! All That! You are one blessed wife and I think I am going to show my dh this post! :-)
Too bad he's in the field for 2 weeks....

Renee's Ramblings said...

Oh, Michelle- my heart goes out to you all! Keeping you all in my thougths and prayers. Big hugs!

LauraJ said...

that made me tear up AND miss Joe too!

Cindy said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful, servant-hearted guy. So sorry he's not there to hold and hug you and help with the sheets. I'm so thankful for families like yours and for your sacrifices.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Big hugs for you! I'm teary now...

Tracey said...

Awww... I'm sorry. Missing a spouse is hard. I can't imagine missing Patrick for such a long time, and having no control over it.

Jessica said...

I miss him for you after reading your post! I go crazy if I'm not with my husband for a couple days. I don't know how you're doing it!

PEA said...

Well darn it...now I even miss Joe! lol I can very much understand how you're missing him...not easy being apart from the one you love!! xox

Anonymous said...

those are the sweetest "21" things you miss about Joe not being near and dear to you and Kayla at this moment in time.... :)Love MOm

MIL said...

Reading this has made me more proud of my wonderful son than I already was!! He's turned out to be a thoughtful, kind and loving man, oh and let's not forget a great daddy too! Meesh thank you for posting things that let us all know these things about him.

Love you
MIL

PS: I'm so sad for you that he is gone through most of this pregnancy.

Type (little) a said...

21 Hugs to you. :-)

Beck said...

Oh, Michelle. This made my heart hurt for you...

Nisa said...

aww... I miss Joe, too.

T*mmy said...

I bet you miss his adorable smile too!

Bless your heart! Hang in there!
(((hugs)))

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I know those feelings, of course every military wife's "missing things" are unique, but the sentiment is the same. I still appreciate tons of stuff about Daniel being home even after a year... I am sure you will too. And Joe will appreciate so much about you when he's back home as well. I'm thinking of you...

-Andrea

Princess Morgan said...

Ugh! I miss so many of he same things! We have great hubbies! I hope the time passes by fast for you. Gregg is only away 3 weeks, but oh, how I miss the help. Hang in there.

Kerry said...

How sweet... and sad :) I hope the time goes by quickly!!!

Katie said...

Oh Michelle,
I dont think my hubby and i have spent more than a few nights apart since we married, i couldnt imagine it.
Joe seems like such a wonderful guy, i am glad you have found each other. big HUGS to you and Kayla.
xxoo

Sarah said...

Wow, what a guy! I would miss all that too! Isn't it fun though to notice all those wonderful things our husbands do for us all the time that we can take for grantid? Have a great week!
Love, Sarah

chelle said...

awwww ... HUGSSSSSS! All wonderful things to miss and appreciate when he gets home!!!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

awww I have tears of joy and sadness for you...

HUGS!

Mayhem And Miracles said...

Wow! Great guy! No wonder you miss him so much. I was with you though last night. Did you sense it? I thought of you all during the big game, but I didn't get to see the outcome. I never thought I'd ever find myself rooting for the Redsox, but for you, I am. :)

Michelle said...

May God continue to pour out heavens blessings on your beautiful family! Thank you so much for the wonderful husband you have. We honor and LOVE our military men in this household.

Christina said...

At least time is moving fairly fast... Even thnough I understand how hard it must be, especially with the cold feet.. :-)

Karen said...

*hugs*

Number 9 was especially hard for me to think about.

Anonymous said...

That was very sweet 21 things. He is a good guy. I hope the time goes by fast for you and kayla. I know you can't wait for him to be home.
love ya, mimi

~Melissa~ said...

Oh Michelle - what a wonderful post. I couldn't imagine how hard it must be to be apart like this. I'm thinking of you.

Tara said...

Wow - this post made me tear up. I love number 19! I do the same thing. Makes me realize how much I take for granted. Sounds like you have a fantastic husband. I know you must be so ready for him to return.

Leanne said...

I hope the time passes quickly... hugs... and thanks for that post. It makes me appreciate my own hubby more.

Dena said...

Aww- that is soo sweet - everything is just so much more fun with your best friend - Changing the sheets alone is a hard task!

Karen said...

Joe sounds the most wonderful husband what a blessing he is! I couldn't post on here yesterday when you wrote this, it made me too emotional for you. I feel 'bare' and not a complete whole when my hubby is not around or out of Town. Just that soothing voice brings peace and OK-ness to me. Continuing to pray for you that you have all the grace you need.

Tammy said...

This brought tears to my eyes, Michelle...
Praying the time apart goes quickly for both of you!

Sue said...

Definitely things to miss. :) J makes breakfasts too and I love them!

:)

Every minute counts.... said...

Makes me think of when my hubby went away for a week....I missed so many of the things you mentioned in that short of a time period. He was in the Army when I was pregnant with the !st son but was out by the 2nd son and never had to leave. I honestly don't know how I would have done it...I guess the same way you do...you just deal.
I hope you get to warm your feet soon :)....

Noel

Tammy and Parker said...

Ah.....Sweetie. Sending you big hugs.

And now I think I miss Joe too. hee,hee

Amy said...

I think I love your husband ;o) Seriously, my heart goes out to you. I cannot even fathom what it's like to be alone. Not only is Joe very brave, but you are too Michelle. It's easy for me to say but hang in there and take it moment by moment. He'll be home soon, very soon!

Tricia said...

I can totally understand.

Much More Than A Mom said...

That must totally suck. You're incredibly brave - both of you!

Leslie said...

All of these sound soooo familiar. (I have never put the trash out the night before...I never remember until I hear the truck at 6:00 the next morning!)

Thinking of you...

Tarrah said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful husband and he is truely truely missed by his family.

Nephesh said...

Oh, Michelle, my heart goes out to you. Your list is actually a wonderful glimpse into your life, and I admire your family. You and your husband have created such great traditions. I imagine that he misses all the same things, too. Big hugs for your family.

Me said...

There were so many things I could relate to on that list with D - I don't know how I would handle being in the same situation. Hugs to you!! You're in my thoughts!

jennifergg said...

I remember when Tom was gone on fires this summer and I just missed him so much. My answer to the question, What do you miss? was EVERYTHING!

This post is so beautiful, and shows so well the love you two share. I knew when you posted that he was leaving how challenging it would be for you and Kayla, and my heart is with you.

The very best thing about "Daddy" being away is when he comes home!!! It's like every good holiday and party wrapped all into one. And that day will be here, and I will be so happy for you all when it arrives.

Hugs from me to you, I think you're just terrific. Hang in there!