Tomorrow, Joey will begin his 9th week of field training. He's rotated through all of the shifts and I have to say, his current shift is my least favorite so far.
When he started, he worked 3 weeks of 6am to 2pm. Although he had to get up at 4:30, which woke me up as well, I really enjoyed this shift. He was usually home when I got home (barring the tons of overtime he got on this shift) and we could eat dinner together and spend time with each other in the evening.
For his next 3 weeks, he worked 10pm to 6am. This was quite an adjustment for the two of us. I had to get used to sleeping alone, but he had to get used to sleeping during the day. This is not as easy as I assumed it would be. By the end of the 3 weeks we had fallen into a nice groove. Just in time for his shift to change.
He's currently working a new shift and I must say, I'm not a fan. Several years ago, Joey worked an evening job, and we all adjusted (well, that was before Taylor was born), so I'm sure we'll adjust again. I just didn't think he would be on this shift. The hardest part is that I was beginning to feel distant since we weren't seeing each other virtually at all. I'm a girl who needs her sleep, so I usually go to bed around 9:30. Even if I fall asleep, I wake up when Joey gets home and want to hear about his day, which keeps me up way past my normal bedtime. Then I'm up at 5:45.
People, this is not enough sleep for me.
BUT, what I've come to realize over the last few days is that we have to learn to deal with the things we can't change. We have to make the best of what we've been given, which for me, means that I'm choosing less sleep so I don't feel distant from the man I love more than life. I choose to cook dinner every night, so that when he gets home, he has a home-cooked meal to eat (albeit, reheated). I choose to not complain about what can't be changed and to love the life we're blessed with. I choose to cherish the one-on-one time I have with the kids each night while Joey is working.
Above all, I choose to praise my God for "watching over our comings and goings, both now and forevermore." (Ps. 121:8) God has directed us down this path, so while we're on it, I choose to trust Him.