Child of God, Army wife, mom to 6, MOPS volunteer, history buff and book addict.
We are a family of 8 living the ups and downs that come with military life. Our children range in age from 20 to 6 - five girls and one boy. We have 2 dogs, 3 cats and a horse for good measure. We homeschool (on good days) and embrace every day as it comes!
I want to apologize for not posting over the past few weeks. It has been a long month and we are now about a week and a half into this 400 day deployment. I think I am doing okay, but I am not sure it has all sunk in yet.
It is finally hitting my 3 year old. When we pulled in the driveway after church on Sunday, she saw the truck in the driveway and exclaimed "daddy's home!" It broke my heart to try and explain that daddy is still gone. The older kids are doing as well as can be expected. I am trying to get back into a routine with school and chores and also make sure they get out of the house on a regular basis.
The oldest is applying for colleges and I am excited for her, but sad that her father will miss her graduation and that she will be gone when he returns next year. I am trying not to dwell on it, but it is such a huge milestone and I never imagined that he wouldn't be next to me as she walks across in her cap and gown or as I drive her to her new college and say goodbye.
I am going to a girl's night out tonight. I can't begin tell you enough how thankful I am for friends who take my kids to AWANA on Wednesdays or force me to leave the house even when I don't want to - but know I should.
I also just (finally!) read Here Burns My Candle: A Novel by Liz Curtis Higgs. It was an amazing book and will go crazy waiting for the sequel. Definitely 5 stars! If I get some free time I will give a review of it as later as well.
Tomorrow, Soldier boy and I will celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. He is currently snoring in the other room and I am so glad he is home - even if it is only for a short time. Three weeks of combat training must have tired him out, he had a nap when he got home today too :)
Eighteen years has gone so fast and it just doesn't seem possible. We were married in a little park across from the courthouse in Huntsville, AL and my sweet, romantic husband had a horse drawn carriage that took us to the hotel. It really does seem like yesterday.
It hasn't been easy and not all that fun at times either. We have had some rough spots, but I am so thankful for what we have now and the six amazing children we have been blessed with. We were so young and stupid and it goes to show that miracles are possible.
We will spend the day tomorrow with the kiddos. Farmers Market, the park and the oldest's volleyball game... Pretending 'this' is normal and that life isn't going to be turned upside down in a matter of days. I did make sure he understands that since he will miss number 19, 20 had better be something spectacular!
So Happy Anniversary baby! I am so proud of you and I love you more than you will ever know. Come back to me soon.