Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Travellin' Man

Jena's post here reminded me of the Engineer's early traveling days. I often look back on them and think, I only survived those years through the grace of God!

We moved into our home in the country when Bub was nine months -- so summer of 1997. I'm pretty sure the Engineer started traveling that same fall. It wasn't until the fall of '04 that the traveling pretty much stopped and he began working ten hour days. In some ways those were not good years. I remember being so frustrated that all I wanted to do was cry. Leaking toilets, leaking pumps, flooded basements, leaking ceilings, barfing children, migraines, you name it, I likely experienced it. I can remember one time being one catastrophe (in my sleep deprived mind anyway) away from pounding a for sale sign in the front lawn.

During the brunt of his traveling, he was gone every third week (sometimes less) for six days and on occasion even longer. I can remember pushing one grocery cart with three kids aged 3.5 years and under and pulling one with the groceries in it. Doing groceries wasn't too big a deal -- especially as it was in our small town where "every body know your name." (Sing it with me)!

What I hated was going into the city for any appointments. Paid parking, cramped parking lots, and long walks with kids in tow and one in a carrier was just too much stress. I almost get a headache thinking of it, but thankfully that time is long passed.

Ironically, homeschooling came about simply because of my travellin' man  -- well, that and that God wanted us to. There was a period of time where it looked like we might be moving to Mexico so the Engineer could help design build a new plant, but we would be living in either Houston or Los Angles first to work out the preliminary part of the project. This news came at the beginning of January 2005 and by the end of April after lots of prayer, reading, and research, the brunt of our homeschool curriculum was chosen and purchased -- only for the project to fall through in August. At this point we knew it was God's plan for us to homeschool our children. So we did, but it was a rocky first seven months. Basically, it was the children and I. The Engineer was at the height of a huge project (the same one that had previously had him traveling so much). He was at work six to seven days straight for a minimum of fourteen hours a day. When he was home, he was physically here, but not mentally. It was a crazy time. Again, simply through the grace of God we all got through it because I was truly beginning to wonder if our marriage was going to last. Thank the Lord it did and is stronger than ever!

After the eventual completion of that project, life got back to a new normal and we were able to spend some extra time together as a family -- greatly in part to the fact that we were homeschooling. What a gift it was for us!

Now he's been traveling off and on for about a year again. It's less frequent, the kids are older, and I'm so busy taxiing children and keeping things going at home that I fall into bed at night exhausted. A week goes by so quickly that before I know it, he's home again.  Any household catastrophes are minimalised because I've already done it all :o). Besides,while the Engineer is traveling,  I've already mentally prepared myself for the kitchen sink to crash into the cupboard as the counter top around the tap continues to rot away, or for the dining room window to fall in or out out of the house as the windowsill finally rots through all the way . I just hope it's not negative 15 degrees Celsius when it happens. I'll be a little too chilly in the house for my liking then :oD.

Only a couple more business trips for him, and then we'll make a great big life changing one together to the Philippines :oD!!

Blessings!

6 comments:

  1. Your post made me remember to when my kids were little and life was crazy busy! It does get easier as they grow older though I find that it's another kind of busy now.

    I'm getting excited for your trip to the Philippines just by reading that last sentence!!!

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  2. oh, I can relate to so much of what you said.
    still can.

    except for the homeschooling part, but it makes complete sense.

    Isn't the sun just wonderful lately.. oh spring... hurry!

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  3. Oh my... my husband didn't travel like that, but I can relate to the long hours and the house falling apart! So glad we're (mostly) past that stage.

    God is gracious,

    Julie

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  4. Oh, my! I think I was holding my breath the whole time I read your post! It brought tears to my eyes to read such a transparent testimony of God's grace and your faithfulness to the covenant you made to God and each other. It struck a chord in my heart, sweet friend, as I can relate to your struggles. Perhaps the details differ, but the struggles and the grace are the same.
    May God bless you and thank you for sharing your heart as an encouragement to others.
    hugs
    ~a

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  5. We are in the midst of the traveling man and a possible move. My husband has been traveling since the beginning of January and it is already wearing on my nerves. I am very thankful, that in this economy he has a job, but none the less, we are tired...
    Can't wait to meet the girls!

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  6. My husband is just gone overnight for business trips and I am left dangling...can't imagine weeks at a time!

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