Our journey throughout our first year of marriage and our second deployment.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!!

On this day in history that honors the men and women who have served our county and continue to serve our country to ensure our freedom and safety, I thought what better topic than to write on these brave soldiers who so rarely are given the respect and credit they are due! I am blessed to be in a military family! My husband of almost 10 months has been home for a little less than a year since his 12 month tour in Iraq and is getting ready to leave in the next few weeks for his next 12 month tour in Afghanistan. His brother, Ben, is a Captain in the Army and has also been deployed for a 15 month tour in Iraq. He is currently being moved with his wife, Aimee, my absolutely amazing sister-in-law to Fort Drum in New York. My other brother-in-law, Caleb, has also been home for a little less than a year. He was on the same tour to Iraq as my husband.

There are many soldiers who are currently deployed to other countries. There are also the soldiers who serve daily in active duty at the multiple posts and stations across the country and across the world. But along with the soldiers come the families. The Moms and Dads, the grandparents, the husbands and wives, the children... they all serve, each and every one of them. I'm not saying this because of my role by any means. If anything, being a military wife has shown me how much work goes on behind the scenes on the home front and how much the families sacrifice in order for the soldiers to complete their missions. So, thank you to the men and women who serve our country, and to the families that support them! God bless you all and everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Midnight Talks and Broken Washers..

David and I had a fun night at home last night! He just traded in his Wii and Xbox 360 for a PS3! He was so excited about using the Blu Ray player that it has, so last night, we watched The Blind Side and Couple's Retreat on Blu Ray. The Blind Side was absolutely amazing and Couple's Retreat was pretty funny! David and I picked the couple we are most like, or are most likely to be like in the future! :) It was fun! There was this weird dripping noise in the utility room and we weren't sure what was going on, but checked it out and there was no leaking anywhere. So, we just went to bed.

At around 4 this morning, Dave woke up and needed to talk about the upcoming deployment. We're just not sure how to really feel about the deployment and how to emotionally and mentally approach it. I don't think there's really a way to TRULY prepare for a deployment, even having been through one already. Every tour is different and has different challenges and obstacles. We are both in a completely different stage of our lives than 2 years ago when he was getting ready to leave for Iraq. Regardless, I am beyond proud of my Soldier and the service he gives to this country! It's never going to be easy, but we are a military family and this is how things go. We can get through this next year and a half and we will be stronger for it!

So, we eventually got everything talked out and we felt much better about things. We still have a lot to do to get ready, but it'll get there. David got up to get ready for work and noticed that the closet smelled funny, and the closet is backed up to the washer... uh oh! So, we called our landlord and they were sending maintenance over. I walked into the closet to put something away, and realized the carpet was soaking wet! We called the landlord back and they're working on what we need to do to take care of all of this. We had a couple move in above us yesterday, so we're wondering if that has anything to do with it. So, we'll see how it goes! The dryer broke a few weeks ago. My AC in my car started to fail. And now all of this with the washer and the moldy closet... gross. I'm just glad that David is still here while all of this is going on. I can't imagine having everything around us malfunction with him being gone! So, maybe we're just getting all the breakdowns for the next year! That would be nice! Haha!! Enjoy your long weekend everyone! :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer School and Trainings

So, I started my psychology class a week and a half ago and it is ALMOST done with!! I can't believe one of my 3 summer classes is almost over! I've also been asked to be the Matron of Honor and wedding coordinator for one of my best friend's wedding! Congratulations Leslie and Adam!! So yeah! There's been a lot to keep me busy since school got out, which I love!

Yesterday, David and I started working on our finances and we're adjusting all of our household work to where it's all on my plate. We're getting closer to the mobilization and we're just about as prepared as we can get home wise. As far as emotionally and mentally... that's a different story and we'll see how that goes later on! But for now, things are good! :) Can't believe May is almost over! Hope everyone else is having a fabulous summer break! :D

Friday, May 7, 2010

School Ends, Summer Begins!!

So, we are both OFFICIALLY done with this Spring semester and our first year of college as a married couple!!! Woo Hoo! My finals were randomly dispersed throughout the week while David's were all in one day! Bless his heart! So, summer is here... for a week, and then it's back to school. I'll be taking 10 hours this summer and David will be working some. We just found out about a few classes he is going to take for the Army to better prepare for the deployment. They start June 1st and go through the 18th and he leaves in the beginning of July for his mobilization. So, we basically have a few weeks left of true time together before he goes. This is all so surreal I can't believe it's happening again. This time last year, he wasn't even home from Iraq yet! We were finishing planning a wedding, trying to figure out stuff with school, living, etc. I know there are benefits to this deployment and benefits to it being in September rather than in February of next year! It's just hard to focus on anything right now when life is a whirlwind of reality! I can't believe we're here again.
We had our first FRG (family readiness group) meeting on Sunday. That made it all sink in right there! Seeing the soldiers with their wives and families was rough and talking about what was going to happen made it impossible to look at this as something happening later on that we don't need to think about yet. I've been able to look at things on a factual level since finding out about them moving up the deployment a few weeks ago, but not anymore! It's here! This deployment is happening SOON and there is no amount of preparation that will make it any easier! Every deployment is different and every one of them has their own individual challenges.
I am so thankful for my amazing family, brothers, and friends! I know that without them, I will never be able to get through this next year and I am so ready to just pour myself into school and music and focus on getting done with school! I'm finally done with my finals and so I have about a week to just let everything soak in. I haven't let go yet and just cried all the tears. I have a difficult time after bottling up my emotions for awhile, just letting them out and having a good cry, so bring on those chick flicks and sad movies! I'll have my box of Kleenex, Diet Coke, cookies and friends at hand! I feel like for now I have to be strong and stay strong, let my wonderful Soldier know everything will be just fine at home while he's completing his mission! Everything will work out and I know that he will be safe! There's this song I keep hearing on the radio and it is so comforting! The words say "You will be safe in His arms! This is the promise He made, He will be with you again. When everything is falling apart, you will be safe in His arms!" It is my quote for life right now! I know he will be safe and I know that God challenges us, but never with something that we won't be able to handle through Him! We will be safe in His arms! :)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to bring you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11