Well, we are about 1/4 of the way through this deployment. It still doesn't seem real and I keep expecting Soldierboy to walk in the door at any time.
If you aren't military, there really isn't any way to explain the gamut of emotions that come with deployment: loneliness (yes, even with six kids running around), fear, anger, the list goes on.
Soldier boy's orders are for "no more than 400 days". This is not a rant about the Army or US Government, but I really don't know how they think that they can take a spouse (or parent) away for that long and not cause any damage. I know I am a big girl and I signed up for this, but that doesn't make it any easier and I hurt for my kids. My three year-old has started asking if daddy is in heaven with God and Jesus.
How do you explain war to a preschooler?
I know fear is not from God, but that doesn't stop the momentary panic that happens when the door bell rings unexpectedly or a call comes in from a number I don't recognize. 'That' thought is always there.
Would you please pray for our military men and women and the families that they are separated from? And if you know of someone who is going through a deployment, considering reaching out to them. You never know what they are going through and they probably need a friend right now. Need some help getting started? Click here for some practical ways to help.
Pity party over :)
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The Healer's Apprentice
(I really enjoyed this one!)
A Woman Called Sage
Always the Baker, Never the Bride
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A Horse to Love
Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble
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