With the constant presence of young children always in my ear, what I needed was to be alone. What I needed was a sabbatical! After nine years of dedicated service, I could use a break from my regular responsibilities and take some time away to recharge and refresh.
Everyone in our family benefits when I get out of the picture every once in a while. I get a much-needed break, time that helps me feel nourished, rested and ready to fully re-engage with the hard work of raising children, and my husband gets solid alone time with our children.