What I Missed Most About My Husband

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he’s back! he’s back! he’s back!!!!

my husband has been gone for almost a month and he’s baaaaack as of yesterday afternoon! YAY!

mad props to military families – you are strong individuals!

i don’t usually talk too much about him being away while he’s actually gone, in case any murderers are reading this and think i’m easy prey. as an FYI murderers, i’m pretty fierce and sleep with weapons next to me so back off! glad we got that cleared up.

here are the top things i missed about ravery while he was doing 13, yes 13 keynotes throughout eight countries in asia!

  • waking up next to him
  • him cutting atlas’ fingers nails
  • making us dinner
  • no one to play cards with
  • his touch
  • laughing together until our stomachs hurt
  • the smell of his cologne (yes, i did spray some a shirt and snuggle with it. judge away)
  • co-parenting with him because soloparenting is hard
  • frolicking around our yard together as the first evidence of spring popped up
  • pouring me another glass of wine
  • him lighting a bunch of candles because he knows it makes me happy
  • him being on diaper duty
  • him killing all the spiders
  • falling asleep next to him

i am so proud of how hard he worked these past few weeks and i am proud of how hard i’ve worked too! here are a few photos of him at various events because he continues to amaze me and help so many people!

he’s in an indonesia newspaper! i put it in a translator and it said “ryan avery is very smart and attractive and has an equally attractive wife who is slightly funnier than him.” or something like that.

i took that headshot of him a loooong time ago and i really like that people still use it! also…that’s not actually the back of his head…

my all time favorite though…this ENORMOUS photo of his head. i keep telling him not to get a big head but…

atlas is so happy about daddy being back home! it melts my heart.

when i picked ravery up from the airport, we both talked about how glad we are that we miss each other when we are apart. this was the longest we’ve been apart since he took a mobile marketing job with NIKE right before we got married (2010) and traveled across the country for four months straight.

it’s easy to fall into routines and stop appreciating having each other around or the things our spouse does for us. this was a great reminder of how important he is in our lives!

happy to have our family all under one roof (and one time zone) again!


  1. Rose S.

    March 28, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Chelsea! I am feeling all of this right now too. Tim has been traveling a lot for family issues in Indiana and traveling for business. I am road weary and I am not even the one of the road. He comes home on Sunday for what I hope is a month straight before our vacation in May. I was a Navy wife for 10 years and it is so hard. I commend you tackling it with a small person to care for too. You rock. The best feeling is when they get home. Congrats on surviving the month like the rock star you are.

  2. Audrey

    March 28, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Yay!!! I’m so glad Mr. WS is home with all his favorite ladies!! Too cool about his travel and speaking opportunities, though! I definitely have SO much respect for people doing the solo parenting gig for any amount of time. Enjoy your family time! Squeeze in lots of love days!

  3. Amberly

    March 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Yes! I loved what you said about how being apart makes you appreciate the little things and routines.

  4. Vivien

    March 28, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Yes! Mad props to military families, families with spouses traveling for long stretches of time for work, solo parents, and parents in general!

    And I couldn’t agree more, how amazing does it feel when you have that perspective of gratitude!

    Curious…does Ryan get to keep his big head (on the poster?)

  5. Paula Howley

    March 28, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Best part of the article:
    “ryan avery is very smart and attractive and has an equally attractive wife who is slightly funnier than him”

    HILARIOUS!!! And true. LOL

    Hope you guys are well.

  6. Lisa

    March 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    You were solo-parenting for A MONTH?! That is so intense. Awesome job!!!!!!! I hope you don’t have to do that again for quite a while!

  7. Charlene Maugeri

    March 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    So glad you’re reunited! And wow, Ravery!! Look at you out there tearing it up!

  8. Kate

    April 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Absence really does make the heart grow fonder! No judgement here, I sleep in my husband’s t-shirts (particularly his dirty ones, because those smell the most like him) when he is away.