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{ Our Family } A Missing Piece

My husband is sometimes away for work for a few days or even a few weeks at a time. Every time he leaves, it strikes me just how empty our home feels when he’s gone.

Missing-Piece

Never mind that there are 5 of us still here. He seems to take the best parts of us with him.

Oh, we still do silly things.  We still laugh and enjoy each other. We still do the work and play that makes up our days. We still snuggle into a good book in the evenings. But none of it is quite the same. And every once in a while we’ll share a casual glance that speaks volumes about just how much we miss the man who isn’t here.

This is a picture my daughter drew one day while she was missing her Daddy.  I love this picture! ♥

This is a picture my daughter drew one day while she was missing her Daddy. I love this picture! ♥

It makes me ache for the military families who sacrifice so much for us for far longer than we do. It makes me grieve for the families who have lost a parent forever. And in all my sadness at his absence, I find myself filled with gratitude for others sacrifices and for my own reasonable assurance that my husband will be coming home soon.

And oh! The JOY, when he comes home! We can usually hear his car long before we can see it as it makes the turn off the main street. Then just two more turns and we can SEE HIM! Five happy girls pour out of the house, shouting and waving and leaping with excitement. It usually takes him a few minutes to convince the little ones to step back so he can open the door. And then, before he even has a chance to take a breath, he’s covered from head to toe in hugs and a million stories that have been bottled up, just waiting for him.  We are a family again, whole, complete.

The girls tried so hard to wait up for him this night but they couldn't.  So they all slept on our bed and floor waiting.  When he got home, he laid down next to one of the girls on the floor and a few minutes later, everyone heard the news that he was home and they found ways to snuggle him.  Such a happy moment!   (Yeah... I cried)

The girls tried so hard to wait up for him this night but they couldn’t. So they all slept on our bed and floor waiting. When he got home, he laid down next to one of the girls on the floor and a few minutes later, everyone heard the news that he was home and they found ways to snuggle him. Such a happy moment! (Yeah… I cried)

And it’s usually at that very moment that I realize just how empty our home was while he was away. And it’s a moment that I say a silent prayer of thanks and praise for bringing my darling home safe, once again, to fill our home with joy, love, laughter and all the best parts of us.


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This is one of Anna's favorite places to be ♥

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Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.

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Anne D says 4 years ago

Oh, I know this feeling so well! My husband works a full-time job and a couple part-time jobs, which add up to us not seeing him a lot some weeks. And, on top of that, his full-time job keeps him away for a few days at a time in certain seasons. Those times are so hard! The kids just get all off kilter, and everyone is missing Daddy, most especially Mommy! I, too have thought about military families during my brief periods of time with my husband gone. Those spouses and children are amazing. It is just another way the military and their families sacrifice for us. I love seeing other families who love their daddy as much as my family does!

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    Sandra Modersohn says 4 years ago

    🙂 Thank you, Anne! I love hearing of other families like this. Sometimes I feel silly, but I know we miss him so much because he’s such a good and strong influence in our lives. Thank you so much for taking a moment to comment and share about your family ♥

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