I will start out by saying this has been the longest week ever, and it is not even over! Jonathan left the country Monday night. I have only heard from him three times since he left. All three times have been very, very short. He has had just enough time to tell me where he is, what he is doing and where he will be next. He still has not reached his destination, but should be there soon.
I have already had a few crazy moments. I have found myself talking to my dogs like they understand every word I say! Sunday night I had my "breakdown". I sat in my bed crying as I talked to Rosie and Rebel. I would grab one of them and hug them as I cried. They did not like it at all! Who knows, they may understand what I'm saying. :)
I have had to be extra strong these past few days. It takes all that I have to get out of bed and go to work with a smile on my face. Every morning when I get to work, my friend will ask "So, are you okay today? I can be your rock, but only for the next 30 minutes." She always tears up as she says it. I can now expect it every morning. I'm so lucky to have girls at work that I can talk to durring the day. I can talk to them about my worries and distress and they just simply listen. It truely is a blessing to have such friends durring such a tough time in my life.
I really don't want this blog to be me complaining about Jonathan not being here. There are alot of women out there going through the same thing or about to go through it. I know of 2 women off the top of my head that are facing a deployment. I hope to reach out to other people and help them the way others have helped me. Families and friends left back home have to stick together. It helps so much when you have someone here at home going through the same thing. You have someone who knows exactly how you feel. They will not think your crazy when you take off running towards your phone when you hear it ring. They understand when you are just having one of those TOUGH days. They are here to encourage and listen. Last deployment I was floored with all the people who gave me cards, books, Bible verses, and even CDs that helped them through their deployment. I would bring me to tears and still does. In a world where everything is about "me", there are still some people who truely care for others and want to help them. I do have to say I'm truely blessed to have such great friends and family to be my rock and encouragment.
So as I always say "I'm going to put my big girl panties on and deal with it". I can and will get through this deployment with my head held high. As long as I have God on my side, it will all come out okay.
Please pray for Jonathan this week. He is still traveling and I'm not sure when he will finally be to his final destination.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This past week Cami and I traveled to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin to see our husbands one last time. It was the best week I have had in a long time! I was nervous about traveling that far, but it wasn't that bad.
We flew from Birmingham to Detroit on Monday morning. We were so excited and could not wait to get there....which brings me to a funny story. Cami and I were walking through the Detroit airport. People were flying by us. Everyone in a hurry! They had what I call "flat escalators". Throughout the whole airport they had two going north and two going south. Well we came to a new set of the "flat escalators" and got on the wrong side! I started walking on it and realized it was moving the other way with people heading toward me. I turned around to tell Cami not to get on it, but she had already stepped on. She screamed and we both were tripping all over our luggage and each other. By the time we got up and stepped on the right "moving escalator" everyone was staring at us. We got off and realized our boarding station was right where we fell. So we had to go sit down next to all the people who saw us fall and act a fool. To make things worse, we both had on Alabama shirts! Oh, we were so embarrassed!
The rest of the week was great! We arrived at Fort McCoy and got to see the guys on Monday and Tuesday. We were not supposed to see them until late Tuesday night. We ate at a few local restaurants, went to The Butter Fest (Their slogan was "What Happens at Butter Fest Butter Stay at Butter Fest). It was basically a carnival with vendors set up selling anything and everything. We walked around for a few hours and had a lot of fun. Jonathan and I later went to a mall in LaCrosse, WI. While we were there, we got to play with baby tigers!! We had so much fun and she was so cute!! I tried to upload some pictures, but I cannot figure out how to put them where I want them. I will play with it later. :)
We said goodbye Saturday night. It was much easier this time to leave. We had such a relaxing week, so when it ended it wasn't as bad. We both cried a little, huged and kissed. He didn't have to peel himself away from me this time. I had mentally and emotionally prepared myself.
Cami and I got on the plan yesterday afternoon and arrived in Alabama around 10pm. I am exhausted beyond all measures, but feel so blessed to have been able to see him one more time. Now I'm looking forward to mid-term leave! Hopefully it will be around October or November.