with Angella Dykstra
I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.
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My husband went on an overnight fishing/camping trip with his brother on Sunday night. He’s earned it, for sure. He balances full-time work with Daddy Daycare, which means that he often heads into the office after dinner and works into the night. He also has a wife that goes off to events like BlogHer and leaves him at home to run the ship.
While I am more than happy for him to go away and have a break, there’s something about being alone on an acreage that strikes fear into my heart. I can walk the streets of New York with friends late at night but being the only adult in charge of three smalls, while situated in the buttpoke of nowhere freaks me the heck out. We have two dogs, one large, one with a large bark, so that helps, but. I am a woman and as much as I work out, I would be no match for a strong man or anyone with a weapon.
(We’ve been here ten years and I’ve never had reason to be afraid. I just have an active imagination.)
I never tell the kids how I’m feeling — I put on a brave face. When bedtime came, my daughter started crying because she was scared and I told her she could sleep with me. (YAY!) My eldest son said that he was scared, too, and right when he said that, there was this LOUD KNOCKING SOUND. The three of us jumped and I went to investigate. Turns out, my middle child thought it would be funny to scare us. The joke was on him (not really) because then he was scared as well.
So, I dragged the mattresses from both of the boys’ beds into my room and my daughter slept in my bed with me. I had to check the door locks about five times before they felt sure that the doors were secure and then they finally drifted off to sleep. As for me? I had the best husband-free sleep ever, because I could hear my three babies breathing next to me.
Do you get as jittery as I do? Or do you keep calm and carry on when your spouse is out of town?
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