Wanted: A Pair of Ruby Slippers (stat!)

“Home is where the heart is.”

I always thought this was such a silly saying.


But now I’m not so sure.

Recently, or a few weeks ago (I really don’t remember), I wrote about the secret to a successful marriage. It seemed like a lot of you agreed and understood the point I was trying to make. Please know that I do not make it a regular practice to go around encouraging married couples to live apart (not regularly, just occasionally). But by the comments, it was obvious we all enjoy a little time to ourselves.

By the middle of this last week, I was done with my time alone. I wanted a buddy to hang out with. I wanted Hayden home.

You see, for almost the last two months, I have had a really hard time going to bed at night.

At first I was staying up late just because I could… cause I’m a night owl. I can see those who know me well nodding their heads :) But I couldn’t keep up that gig for long and tried to go to bed earlier, but couldn’t. Maybe my body clock was off.  But my body was sooo tired. I would lay in bed, restless.

Two Fridays ago when Hayden came home, I crawled into my bed at 6:30pm and didn’t come out till 12 hours later. Woot!

Last week was the hardest for me by far. I could not fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning. It happened every night. And since I have to be up at 6am to get the kids ready for school, I was getting about 3 – 4 hours of sleep each night. I do not recommend this. Not. at. all. Bleh.

{Warning:  this is about to get really cheesy and mushy. I usually don’t do cheesy and mushy, but I guess that’s what I’m feeling… just wanted to give you a heads up.}

I finally realized that I miss my bed buddy.

My feet were lonely (I have to have my feet touching his when I go to bed, sorry if that totally grosses you out).

I missed him sleeping in the middle of the bed, leaving me just a few inches of room to sleep.

I missed his occasional snore.

I missed him trying to snuggle with me and then missed me pushing him away cause I can’t have anything touching me (except the feet) when I fall asleep.

I missed him. Almost so much that I was ready to pack up and move to Birmingham this week. Almost, but not quite.

We haven’t seen him in two weeks so you can imagine how excited the kids and I were when he pulled into the driveway yesterday afternoon.

We had the kids in bed at 7pm (crazy, right?!) and then we slid into bed shortly after. We were both exhausted.

I rested my head on my pillow to find his arm wrapped around me. He was here.

I can’t quite put into words the way I felt. Maybe …safe…comforted…loved …home. Yes, that’s it…

In his arms, I felt home…and there really no place I would rather be.

For someone who was kickin’ and screamin’ about moving to Alabama (yes, I’m talking about me) it’s looking nicer and nicer as the weeks go by. (But not quite yet.)

So I figure I really do need to get me a pair of those magic sparkly shoes Miss Dorothy used to have! Cause truly….there is no place like home!

Where is Glinda when you need her?


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  4. wzm says:

    a sweet love letter – could really feel it. So did you let him keep his arm around you for a bit?

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  6. Julie says:

    Amber – I can totally relate to both posts. You expressed it all so well. 10 months left and really, once you get to the end of February it will all fly by so fast. So by my count, it’s only 6 months and some change :). I did it with 2 and doing it now with 3. I can’t imagine doing it with 4, you’re one tough woman! Hang in there. Both of you! It’s okay to have those midnight calls, even if you have to wake them up, just to say “hi” and simply to hear their voice. At the end of this year, just remember those feelings you wrote about.

  7. How precious (that’s a southern expression, right?? just trying to stay in context!!) that Hayden was the first to respond! Ok…. we all love our space. But once it becomes all about us we see that we are missing something and want that “something” to come back home! Even after all these years of marriage, I feel that way. Gesh… what’s a girl to do??!
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