We are going through a season right now where my husband is particularly busy and not at home very much.
His job is going through a busy spell and he is putting in longer hours there (a year ago we were praying for more work at his job because at that point things were slow...what a difference a year made!)
Also for approximately the last 2 months he has been working on one of the apartments in our rental building trying to get it ready for new tenants. We bought this property earlier this year and it came with a number of issues. Fortunately my husband is very handy and is able to do the work himself. But, it has been very time consuming.
On top of that are some of his other committments and responsiblities - a part time job (occassional weekends) teaching motorcycle safety, odds & ends around our house - mowing, cutting wood, winterizing our home, van & motorcycle repairs, etc. etc.
The fact is, we haven't seen much of him lately. Now I will say that we are fortunate that his work is right down the road. So, he comes home for lunch everyday. I look forward to that short break midday where we can see each other (even though it's often just briefly). Then, he comes home for a quick supper and is off to his next project for the evening.
I'm exhausted. He's exhausted. We're ready for a little break. For me it's hard to be alone with 4 boys most of the day. And, lately it seems the boys have been testing me and my waning patience even more. (I am not sure how single moms & military moms do it on a regular basis!) For John, he never feels like he's able to get done everything he has to get done. And, I know he's frustrated that he hasn't been able to spend more time with his family.
I am happy that I have a husband who is driven and motivated. No-one could ever accuse him of being a slacker or lazy. It's hard to keep up with him though sometimes. He just seems to have so much more energy than I do.
So, I'm actually going to end this post with a question. Has your family gone through a time like this? Do you have any suggestions on how to keep things running smoothly? To keep our sanity? I would love to hear any thoughts/ experiences you all have had.