For five years, my husband was swinging shifts that were seven day rotations. He would work 7 days on 1st shift with one day off. He would then work 7 days on 2nd with three days off. And then he would work 7 days on 3rd with 2 days off. Our entire family planned our whole life around his crazy schedule. His sleep was off and our schedules were a mess.
This is the start of his 3rd week at his new job and I realized yesterday just how different our life is with him on a regular schedule of Monday-Friday on 1st shift. It has changed everything. I just kissed him goodbye for the day about 30 minutes ago. We had spent about 20 minutes drinking coffee and talking before he left. A few weeks ago, I dreaded the thought of getting up at 5:30 each day, but now I go to bed looking forward to my early mornings with my husband. It is precious time that I did not realize that I missed when we were living our lives centered around his previous crazy schedule.
I have loved getting up and preparing his breakfast, spending some time with him each morning, and spending the day looking forward to him coming home. It has been wonderful. I sense a calmness to our home that has been missing for quite a while.
My prayer is that he will continue to settle into his new job and that God will use him there to bless others.