I expected and was prepared for the practical void left without her: quieter mornings and evenings, a trip to the grocery store alone, eating whatever I like and staying up late. This went pretty much as expected: without my accountabila-buddy I had some reckless food and sleep days.
I was not prepared for the support void. One major perk of a relationship is: if I have a bad day, Sarah can pick me up with encouragement. Without her there to give and receive support, I felt a much larger void than I expected. Days got downright lonely. I started to find my feet by the end of the week but it was definitely good to have her back. I now appreciate her much more than before and I'm sure there are many other lessons like this to come!
I have no regrets that she went on this trip and experienced the things she did. I didn't wish she was home early because I fully supported her being there. I've seen a lot of growth in Sarah since returning and look forward to seeing what’s next for us.