I’m sharing this because it’s real. Because we can make a difference.
Will you share David’s Story?
For the days void of light,
Where loneliness slips unbidden down ashen cheeks,
Oppressive shadows weigh on broken shoulders.
For the days filled with darkness,
In a heart marked with a tombstone
A walking soulless graveyard
Dear Heart, the moon still shines though unseen
There is no darkness without light
I think the rule about guard weekends are that they always land on whenever there are big plans for the month.
Family wedding coming up? Guard weekend.
Birthday celebration? Guard weekend.
Holiday party? Guard weekend.
You get the point.
Guard weekends and Murphy’s Law must have some type of mutual agreement.
Except, we’re getting smarter.
Guard weekend? Send the girls to the grandparents!
It really is a win-win.
Here’s a picture of our 3 1/2 year old learning to fish with my dad (Grampy).
This picture really makes me so happy because it brings me back great memories of fishing with my dad as a small kid.
So, while the kids are having a fun weekend away and hubby is working on base, I get much needed ME time!
Sometimes I clean/work on house projects that are hard to do while the kids are around.
Other times I just lay in bed and go on a four hour reading binge with coffee.
And usually, one of the nights they are gone, hubby and I get to have a date night!
So, thank you, guard weekend for not being so bad after all.
Hubby and I went on vacation. Just a two-nighter and not too far from home. This time away was not just a nicety but a necessity. We needed time away to just relax together.
Coming home from a 2 1/2 month over seas deployment hubby was naturally ecstatic to see me and the kids, but we were both (okay, mostly me!) ready to shortly after his return give up parenting responsibilities for a couple of days. We were slightly anxious to get our vacation going so our darling daughters were dropped at the nearest grandparents a night early giving them a total of 3 nights away from us. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)
We didn’t do a whole lot on our vacation which was perfect. We ate when we wanted (except for our breakfasts which were promptly at 9am in our must-go-back-Bed and Breakfast, The Inn at Brandywine Falls), took short and sweet (short since in was 95 and humid!!!) walks around the Falls, played Monopoly, drove around seeing sites inside our wonderful AC filled car, and spontaneously visited the Cleveland Art Museum!
George and Katie Hoy, the Inn Keepers, are just about the best hosts possible and really serve up gourmet breakfasts along with charming, inspiring conversations. They’ve been doing this for 25 years so I would definitely call the Hoy’s experts in the field of hospitality. I honestly would go back in a heart beat.
Our first full day together: perfect. Gorgeous weather and just relaxing time together as a family of four.
We also have encountered our first post-deployment adjustment issues.
Our 13 month old, Evie, has reintegrated her daddy with hardly a blink, but I can also tell she glad to have him back from all the hugs and kisses she gives.
Then we have our two-year old, Claire, who not only wants to be extra snuggly but clearly is apprehensive about the permanency of her daddy’s return. She repeats a mantra “Daddy is staying with us.” quite often, and is hesitant to go anywhere unless she has been reassured multiple times that Daddy is coming with us. For church yesterday she nervously got dressed and kept stating “Daddy will go to church too.” When we were getting ready for nap time (much the same as it was for bedtime the night before) she asked “Where’s Daddy?” and then would answer herself “Daddy is at home, he isn’t going anywhere.”
So now, I sit here precariously waiting for those little voices to announce my girls are awake. You see, daddy is not home this morning because he had to go in to the base to out process, and I’m not sure how my emotionally charged toddler is going to react to her hero not being here the moment her eyes open. I just have to reassure her by lunch he will be back home and validate her mantra “Daddy is staying with us”.