Marriage and Relationships

A letter to my husband…

Dear Jamie,

As you know, you’re currently enjoying your all-inclusive 5* holiday in Kabul, and our daughter and I are stuck at home, trying somehow to cope without you around.

Of course, I’m joking. You would never leave us for a 4 month holiday, you’re actually at work (perks of the army, eh?) but from what you’ve told me about your camp it sounds a lot like a holiday!

Don’t be annoyed, but I thought this would be more difficult than it has been so far. Today marks the two week point, and honestly I’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had time to think about you being away. We get to speak quite often on the phone too, so that makes it a lot easier. But it is still a big adjustment. It is now, and it will be when you return.

I can imagine you’ll find it so much harder to come back, assuming I do have Olivia in some kind of routine by then (I won’t hold my breath on that one), and Olivia, especially, will have changed so much from the baby you left 2 weeks ago. She’ll be talking even more than she is now, potty trained (I hope), she’ll have had her 2nd birthday and she will have grown both physically and developmentally. She’s not far off your intelligence now, so I’m sure when you come back she’ll have far surpassed you on that scale! 😉

I’m kidding, of course…

However, right now, I’m having to deal with a much naughtier little toddler, who is probably testing even more boundaries because she’s stuck with Mummy all of the time. I wonder what goes through her head, and whether she knows when she asks for you that you’re at work. She seems to be coping quite well, it’s more my sanity that’s at risk while you’re away!

Right now she’s upstairs with Amy showing her the “naughty” scribbles she did on her wall, huffing and puffing and chattering away. See? This is pretty normal for her. She’s okay. We both are, really. We just miss you, that’s all.

People keep telling me that this time will go by so quickly, but what I’m really worried about is when I finish my course in June. Having so much free time, I’m sure, will make the time pass much more slowly. I won’t have any more milestone points to take my mind off it. At the moment, all I’m thinking is that I have 3 exams, 1 a week for 3 weeks, and then 3 weeks of teaching, 2 more exams and then that’s it, beginning of June, course done. That really doesn’t seem that far away, and that’s the half way point of you being gone. After that, the only thing I have to look forward to is you coming back! I might need to plan my own little holiday or something with the baby… Not that it will be much of a break, but it will at least fragment the time up a bit.

Olivia’s pestering me to have a go on the keyboard so I’m going to let her touch my Mac (I know right, see? My sanity is obviously gone) and write to you too…

saAS`A` GYTCxzxzxxccvcxzxczzxdsddxxdwdedcwggghgvghgvsmnhgghjkljkljnknn, ngfhghqzfsxbv de HGfcvdfdfdddgfdfsdd 

Translation: love you Daddy, see you soon, stay safe, love from Olivia xxxxx

Right, that’s enough for now and the brat smells so I have to execute a quick nappy change before attempting to get out of the house for messy play – god help us all.

We miss you so much – you’re the piece of our family that holds it all together.

Lots of love,

the Mrs

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15 thoughts on “A letter to my husband…

  1. Lisa Pomerantz

    I can't even picture how hardd your life is at this point. My heart goes out to you all. Please, may your husband stay safe, and you, stay sane! Oy vey! #fabfridaypost xoxo

  2. Sarah Barber

    Thank you for your support and for commenting!

  3. Rachel Scott

    I actually met my husband while he was over seas (we were pen pals). It was hard enough not having him physically there when things were bad, I couldn't even image doing it as a mother! You are a rock star!

  4. Lori |Choosing Wisdom

    Lots of love to you and your family! Thank you for the sacrifices you are making while your husband keeps our country safe!#WanderingWednesday

  5. Ethan.n.Evelyn

    Aww… what a lovely letter. And it's so cute that Olivia is also wanting to type something to her Daddy. How adorable! Hope your example goes well. xxThank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

  6. Sarah Barber

    Thank you all for commenting and for your support!

  7. Tracey (ohprettycity)

    It must be really hard on your own, especially with exams to cope with. Hope you find something to fill your time so it doesn't go too slowly! #KCACOLS

  8. Sarah Barber

    Thank you, we are coming up to the half way point now and I've found that being busier really helps!

  9. Five Little Doves

    Ahh this must be so hard, but what a lovely letter this is. Lots of love to you. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  10. Carol Cameleon

    Aw what a heart-melting little contribution from Olivia! It must be tough for you and I'm not sure how I'd cope. #kcacols

  11. Sarah Barber

    Thank you!

  12. Sarah Barber

    Thank you, it’s getting easier. At the half way point now and it’s gone relatively quickly so far!

  13. Eps Amy

    Life with a toddler is difficult, doing it alone must be so hard. #kcacols


    What a lovely letter. It must be difficult with the adjustments going and coming back. Well done to all of you:)Mainy#KCACOLS

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