What I Learned by Being Away From Home for a Month!

I’M HOME!!!!

Y’all, I left my beautiful state of Kentucky on September 21st, and I just got back this past Saturday night, October 17th!  That is just plain crazy!  There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I survived.  Luckily, I got to see Cy and my boys a couple of days during the last week of my stay.  That was a life-saver!  We all flew home together on Saturday, and it feels sooooooooo good to be back home.

There are several things that I learned about being gone from home for a month, and I want to share them with you.



1.  If you leave Tilapia in the refrigerator for a month, it will stink up the whole house.A woman holding a fish at arms length whilst wearing pink rubber gloves and a clothes peg on her nose. Isolated on white background, focus on the fish.

When we arrived home Saturday, we opened the back door and was confronted with the smell of something rotting.  It was the worse smell ever!!!  Not a good feeling.   It took us a while to figure out where it was coming from, but the culprit was some Tilapia that I had bought before I left, and it was wrapped in brown paper sitting in the back of the fridge.  Cy didn’t know it was there and never disposed of it while I was gone.  We had to take everything out of the fridge and threw 95% of it away.  The smell was still in the fridge the next day, so we had to clean the whole thing with Thieves cleaner and some bleach water.  Finally, the smell started to disappear.  Y’all, stinky fish is NO JOKE.  If you ever go on an extended trip, make sure all fish is out of the fridge! 



2.  If I die, my husband and sons will drown in laundry.

th-6My sweet hubby did a great job of holding things together while I was gone for four weeks, but one thing that he wasn’t able to keep a handle on was the laundry.  When I got home, the entire kitchen table was covered in mounds of clothes.  I said, “Cy, did you not do laundry?!!”  He said, “Yes, those are all the clothes I washed!”   “Why are they on the kitchen table?”  He explained that he didn’t have time to fold them.  So I guess my boys were just getting their school clothes off the kitchen table each day instead of out of their closets!   There were piles of dirty clothes all over the house.  It looked like a college frat house instead of the home I left four weeks earlier.  And it made me understand even more why God created Eve.  :)




3.  I am even more in awe of the sacrifices our military makes for our freedom.



I was only gone one month, and it seemed like an eternity.  I stayed at a very nice hotel and had all my meals paid for, yet still f
elt like I was “suffering.”   I missed my home and my family like CRAZY!!  How do our military men and women do it?!!

They leave their families for time on end so that we can be free to be with ours everyday.  

I am so grateful and humbled.  May God bless our military.  






4.  There is no place like home!


I felt like I already knew this, but man, it was really reinforced in my life this past month.  There is nothing better than the safety and comfort of home.  Nothing.

Nothing better than your own bed.  Nothing better than snuggling with your kids on the couch.  Nothing better than a home cooked meal around the table.  Nothing better than being surrounded by those you love most.  Nothing.

I am so very thankful for my home.




I am trying to get back into the swings of things around here.  I will be doing laundry 24/7 to get caught back up.  :)  The scary thing is that I have never enjoyed doing laundry more than I do right now.  The mundane, every day type of things are so precious to me right now because I have missed being home and being a mom so much!  (I’m sure it will wear off pretty quickly, but hey, I will enjoy it while it lasts!)

I know many of you are wondering why I was gone so long, and I really, really wish I could tell you, but I can’t.  :(

But believe you me, as soon as I am allowed, y’all will be the first to know!  (And you are going to die! ACK!)

Have a blessed day, friends!


  1. You are so cute…. i would agree with each reason you posted and that tilapia… eeek!!! fish does stink and you ain’t kiddin!!! So happy for you to be back with your family. what a blessing family is, praise God!! Can’t wait to hear the update about your trip (I’m pretty sure I know all about it ;-)…..when can you share about it??? Thx for the post. have a blessed day!!

  2. Welcome Home…There is no place like home.
    I am always glad to get back home when we go away. I can’t understand why we need to leave it? Just Kidding. But I do love it here. I believe I know what the month away was about. Even thou you where away from home…I believe it was so worth it. Have a blessed day.

  3. Well that is too funny. I’m sure the laundry situation would be the same at my house and there’s no way my hubby would iron. He doesn’t even know how. I’ve taught my boys and daughter, so he’d probably ask them but if they weren’t he’d just go wrinkled.

    I KNOW you have got to be happy to be home. :)

  4. Girl! Welcome back home to the SOUTH my friend!!!! If I lived closer, I would be showing up to help a sister out with that laundry! I hope you and your family are enjoying being home, sipping on some sweet tea, or as you would (Like me) THAT LARGE SONIC COKE and a little slower pace of life! That’s what I am talking about! Can’t wait to hear more details when you can share them. I have been praying for ya while you are gone and praying for the adoption situation too.

    Take care my friend.

    Marilyn C.

  5. The art about the frig and the laundry made me laugh. I’m convinced that when G-d made Adam, He looked at him and said, “He’s going to need help!” So, he made a woman to help him.

    Welcome back home, and I’m sure they guys missed you more than you missed them.

    Can’t wait to find out the “reason” for your trip. Don’t keep us hanging!


  6. Wow….I learned the hard way about fish too! Men and laundry…what is it? I too am pretty sure I know why you were gone….keeping fingers crossed!!

  7. I can’t wait to hear the rest of this story!! Meanwhile, teach those boys to do their own laundry! Your future daughters in law will love you for it. While I was recovering from surgery years ago my hubby decided to do the laundry. He came to my bedside to ask “What is hot hot and hot cold and cold cold?” He did not have a clue. At that point I decided that as soon as I was able I was teaching my kids to do their own laundry! They have been washing their own clothes ever since!

  8. Love following your blog. I am currently looking for hardware to hang shutters beside front windows. Do you have any DIY tips…low maintenance please. Bread can’t wait till you reveal why you were on West Coast. 😀

  9. If your son is on the Voice, I am gonna FLIP OUT! :) Love your update and glad you are back home with your sweet family all together again! :)

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