Saturday, January 10, 2009

Separation. Anxiety.

"The funny thing about being assigned to a 'non-deployable' Army unit is that, technically one is still deployable. A soldier can be re-assigned to a detachment of said unit and sent downrange anyway."

~Three Chocolate Brownies
November 23, 2008

Yesterday James was briefed on his tentative deployment date. It's a little sooner than we had anticipated. I know deployments are par for the course. There are military families everywhere facing this same scenario. But I still wish James didn't have to go. I'm selfish in that way; I want my husband and children's father safely home with us. Sometimes I wish he were already assigned to the White House position and I could right now be helping Michelle design her Inaugural Ball gown.

We know what it means to be a military family. We have compromise down pat and sacrifice down to a science. But it doesn't make separation any easier.

He'll be gone for a year and if we play it just right, his R&R will coincide with the holidays. What I don't want to face alone is the upcoming school year. Isaiah will be starting real-deal school: Kindergarten. And Savannah will be bused to middle school for the first time...a school with *gulp* 8th graders. Nasty boys and mean girls. Oh my gosh. Look at me hyperventilating just thinking about it.

We'll get through this. With God's help, we always do. And hopefully I won't start to lose hair or get down to 94 pounds like I did during his last deployment. Effective weight-loss plan? Yes. Do I recommend it? No way.


Mommyof2boys said...

Awww Sharon,that made me sad.I know your all such a strong tight family.I know you can get through this,but you are right,it's still harder having that other part of your heart missing.I know what you mean about the boys starting Kindgergarten,wow can you believe it !? We're hoping Luke gets that postal service job because he could be gone for Ashton's first day if he continues with this job and I don't want to face the first day alone !
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers ((HUGS))

Michele said...

Oh Sweetie, If I could just get to Washington State, I'd wrap both arms around you...

I know that it cannot be easy, but I also know that IF your frame matched your hope, faith and bravery, you would be a 10 foot tall (minimum), muscle bound, combination blackbelt, Navy seal and wrestler.

I love you!

Jamie said...

I'm sorry to hear that he's deploying again. I guess it never gets any easier, does it? Your whole family is my thoughts for James' safe return and stress-free year while he's gone.

Maria said...

James and your entire family are in my prayers. I can't say thank you enough to the men and women serving our country!

Sharon said...

I love y'all!!! Thank you so much for your kind words!