My DH is FIFO on a 4:1 roster, in Tom Price, WA. Although because we are in Qld we only get 5 full days at home because of the travel back an forth Our DD was 18 months when he went away and she is now 3.5, I take her to the airport now that she is old enough to understand that he is coming back home but never used to, and she stays at my mums the night before he comes home coz his flights are so early so she wakes up to him at home. Its hard but you gotta do what you gotta do to get ahead in life, i appreciate him so much for doing it for us, it kills him being so far away and we are such a young family-he just turned 21. We have been trying for another baby for about 2 yrs but its so hard when hes only here 5 days a month lol but we will get there and then he is having a whole month off for birth. I found that i lost alot of frinds because i got sick of the "oh, he earns SOO much money though lucky thing" and i felt like slapping them and saying "at what cost? to miss his family, miss his daughter growing up? moneys is just money, we dont even have that much stuff because we made stupid decisions with it"
Its a hard life, but we all gotta stick together
As for getting in, well he works for his old mans company who applied to do a desalination plant in Karratha and then kept getting more work as they were so good and fast and now DH will be taking over the company so his father can retire, its definatly a case of right place, right time or who you know.
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