Friday, December 9, 2011
In the beginning it didn't seem like such a long time..actually I don't think either of us knew how long it was even going to be. Basic training..AIT..Airborne school..then possible deployments, why didn't I think past basic training?! Whatever we had to do..we would. It would be a small sacrifice for this decision to be a part of something bigger than either of us could have imagined.
What you see....are the tearful reunions of families..big hugs..kisses..and huge smiles..and there is no doubt you're watching the best feeling in the world play out.
What you see....are solemn, heart wrenching moments of tragedy when someone's soldier doesn't make it home..something that touches everyone..because that casket you're looking at cradles someone who died for you.
What you see....are heroic moments...our soldiers in uniform doing their job...making sacrifices..being thanked..
What you don't see.....the families carrying on with everyday life without their husband..daddy..son..brother. With no uniform to set her apart from the crowd..the time ticks a little slower for her....nothing to preoccupy her time but thoughts of when she will get her family, her life back.
What you don't see ....is the strength it takes for her to make it just another day. The loneliness she shrugs off before it surrounds her...The inability to have ever been prepared for this.
What you don't see...is the actual process of being a military wife..unless you are one you can't understand the task she has taken on..
you can't understand the task I have taken on.
I thought being a military brat was preparation enough for the responsibility of military wife...but it served only as a prerequisite to a class I wish they actually offered. I continue to struggle with my new role(s)...embarrassed by it..stressed by it...sad by it even.
I wish I had my family back together and didn't have to hold on to the moments we share so tight..I wish I was able to spend time with my family without my mind being burdened by the clock ticking down to our goodbyes.
When will I be able to worry about "regular" family problems again....will I ever?
I actually think I just realized...I won't ever get that "luxury" back. Maybe this journey of figuring all of this out is really just learning how to transition to our new "regular".
Well if that isn't an eye opener for me...I knew writing things down always helped me put them into perspective.
Knowing that maybe I have no countdown to getting my life back. This is now my life.
I'll be right back....I have to get a giant glass of water for this hard pill I see I'm going to have to swallow.
Monday, December 5, 2011
There is nothing like taking a deep breath of legitimate fresh country air..being able to look up and see for miles...and realizing that you are the only ones around. Not having to be on high alert for passing cars...or strangers..taking my daughter outside with no fences keeping her in and not having to worry...it's a carefree moment of pure enjoyment shared between a rambunctious (almost) 2 year old and her mommy.
Though we don't get to see daddy as much as we would like to we lucked out and were able to spend a day with him last weekend. We put up the Christmas tree together..something I always remember loving as a kid. I am so very grateful that Emerson was able to experience that with both of her parents again this year. I am sure that we will be apart for some holidays in the future so times like this are definitely special to me.
I took Emerson to the Christmas parade downtown and she loved watching the bands..tractors and fire trucks. Of course the parade ended with Santa Claus on his float..and she was way excited to go see Santa when daddy comes home for Christmas break.
I love creating these memories with my little lady.
Pardon me I'm still playing catch up!! Last month we headed to Clarksville to spend a few short days with Stacy and Macy at their house..and made a stop in Nashville with the girls :)
We ate lunch downtown then strolled around..listening to live bands and street performers.
The girls were swooning over Elvis
We are totally guilty of trying to take the girls in for more picture opportunities...sadly we were stopped..and I was reminded of a line from a movie I once saw.." you have a baby?....in a bar?" yeah, that.
He ain't nothing but a hound dog stace!!
There were so many amazing pictures it was hard to choose the 75 I am posting :) can't not even though it's Christmas now!
Her most favorite part of the day was the hay ride on the tractor..she is obsessed with tractors and I'm so glad she had a good time with Stacy and Macy :)
What you are about to see sums up any day with my pumpkin pie pants....
What?! Who even knew that thing was hiding behind a tree and 2 rows away! Emerson the escape artist that's who...
Sooooo it looks like I have missed the Halloween post! You shouldn't be surprised by now.
Aren't you glad I back tracked though?! How cute is this garden gnome! It was rainy and cold out which totally messed up our plans of trunk or treating down town so we just paid a visit to both grandparents and a few of grandmas neighbors.
You loved passing out candy though and sprinted to the door yelling "I comin" every time the doorbell rang. You were the cutest!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
This year we spent our holiday in Wisconsin with loads of relatives..we had a wedding that we attended on the 19th and just decided to extend the trip through Thanksgiving. Mom has 6 siblings and all have at least one child and some 5..and almost all of them have multiple kids now too!
Growing up we were always so far away from our family..I thought that I wanted huge family gatherings and was missing out all these years. Well ....this year has totally changed my mind! I'm thankful to be away from everyone..those egg shells were starting to get rather annoying!
It was Shane and I's first holiday apart but I guarantee it won't be the last :(
This would be my mom an aunt using some of their great nieces as jump ropes....oh goody Emerson's future looks bright.