Sunday, July 17, 2005

Goodbyes are so hard to do...

Farewell to Dad


Well, yesterday we said good-bye to my husband as he began his six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. Wow. It's really happened. He's really gone now and I really won't see him for SIX MONTHS. It crept up on me like I don't know what. We both kept thinking that this day was so far away and that it would be such a long time before the time came for him to go. Why did we imagine that we had all the time in the world?

He's somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean right now, sailing away from us. I feel a lump in my throat.

I love this picture of my husband and our daughters. It's rare that I can get all five of them in a picture together, much less with my husband too. It was so tough for all of us as we gathered with the other families and friends to see the guys off. Not to mention, Malia, (center with Daddy) threw a fit when we had to leave my husband. She screamed and cried and tried to get out of her carseat and grab onto her Dad after he buckled her in... She cried for more than 15 minutes in the car.

:::gulp:::

Like it wasn't hard enough.

So I'm just here sitting in my gloom today trying to imagine what it will be like for the next few months without my love. He takes such good care of us, and I hope I can handle things well and keep them running smoothly on my own. I've done it before but the situation is so different now. You know I'll be praying everyday about this.

It feels good to get this out... Now on to making the best of it, huh?

2 comments:

Marjorie said...

OMGosh I can *hear* the hurt and sadness in your post. This is such a hard time for our military families. Take care of you and your girls. Hopefully the time will fly and he'll be back with you in no time. You are in my heart...

Sarah said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your husband's service to his country and your sacrifice as well. May he always be safe and you find the strength to carry on while he's gone.