My husband is set to arrive home this Sunday. I haven't seen him for months; in fact he left 11 days after we arrived at our new location. During the past months I have unpacked and set up our new home. I found a few of my new favorite places, including a new church and even a place to get my hair styled. These are all things that many of us can relate to after experiencing our first or 15th move. We are busy bees after a move.
Navigating the ups and downs of life with our loved one far from home is a main theme of this blog. One thing I haven't written so much about is determining what our priorities are as a couple during a separation. This is something I struggled with this past month and wonder if you have too?
I probably have, on any given day, ten or more things I must get done. However, when speaking to my spouse the last few times before he was scheduled to arrive home it never failed that he always asked me about the 2 or 3 things that I had not accomplished on my, growing by the minute, to-do list. This was extremely frustrating. I felt as though I wasn't doing enough. I imagine he felt frustrated too and wondered exactly what was I doing?! Clearly, I was not accomplishing the things that were important to him!
Here are some ways we can work to determine our priorities as a couple to help make our loved ones return that much smoother.
3 ways to determine priorities prior to a homecoming:
These are just 3 ways to find your shared priorities in order to accomplish them for a happier home. There are many other tips and tricks you can try to see what works best for you and your family.
What is your advice? How have you managed competing priorities and time demands during a deployment or long separation?
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