As I reflect on this past year and all that has happened, there has been a multitude of highs and lows. Big things are playing out in our family’s life right now, but the one that has topped the charts was welcoming my husband home from deployment!
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“Mommy, why does daddy have to work for so long? Why can’t he come back?”
A lump caught in my throat as I bit my lip to fight the tears that threatened to spill out. There was no denying it had been a rough day for us. Daddy was already gone for several months, and we were still waiting for the end to be in sight. That day was particularly rough for all of us, and my 3-year old son was just expressing his desire for daddy to return from deployment.
He didn’t understand why daddy had to be gone for so long.
I continued to stroke his hair while his head laid in my lap.
“Daddy just has a very special job, buddy, and he can’t come home until it’s finished. But, I know he thinks about you every single day and he can’t wait to give you a great big bear hug!”
“Yeah,” he smiled. I could still hear the pain in his voice.
Because my sister and her family are visiting for the Memorial Day weekend, I decided to share an old post for today. Let us not forget the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom!
This past week was a sobering one for me. Our family battled illness a lot last week, but that’s not what made it sobering. For the entirety of the week, I worked on a very special wreath order I had received the week prior. This wreath was made in memory of a Marine who lost his life 11 years ago and will be placed on his headstone today, Memorial Day. The day I mailed out that wreath, another order came in. This one was for yet another Marine who lost his life. With Memorial Day right around the corner and now here, I was in constant reminder of what this day is all about . . . (read more)
A while ago, I saw a “Boy Behind The Blog” link-up that I had wanted to get involved in but never got around to. That link-up has been over for a long time, but I still loved the idea. So, I wanted to start doing a “Marine Behind The Blog” series. I write so much about our lives, but rarely do you ever hear from my husband. Here’s your opportunity to get to know him a little better. (Btw, I think he is such a hottie in this picture! Just sayin.)