Sunday, July 17, 2011

Parting Gifts and a Good Man

You know the expression, behind every good man is a good woman.  Well, if you will kindly indulge me, I wanted to tell you about a good man behind a thankful woman. 
My husband retired from active duty after 23 years in the Army in April and while bittersweet, we felt thankful for all the many opportunities it had provided us.  We were also happy knowing that we could finally relax and not have to worry about deployments, excessive travel, etc.. 
Well, there is another expression...if you want to give the Lord a good laugh, tell him YOUR plans.  Greg's government contract job has sent him to Afghanistan for six months and he left yesterday.  We have been apart much longer than this...the longest deployment was for 15 months in Iraq.  Chin up, we've done it before, we can do it again, we are used to this, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger...all that, whatever, it still stinks! 
However, I am proud of him and what he does and I am fully confident that all of this fits into the Lord's plan for us.   There are so many military families who have been asked to be apart many more times than we have and for even longer so I am NOT complaining.  I did want to tell you, though, what he did before he left, if you'll let me brag for a moment because I know I am blessed.  

In the midst of shipping his trunks out, taking care of plans, paperwork, etc.  he took our daughters to see the midnight premiere of Harry Potter, celebrated my oldest daughter's 19 birthday, took care of the yard, checked all the cars and in general, tried to take care of six months of "Dad" jobs ahead of time.  He also took the time to put this together for me.  Not an easy task...

THIS is the way to my heart..forget jewelry!

And while in Walmart, he saw me looking at this and asked what it was.  When I told him and explained that Deanna Jump swears by it, he was putting it in the cart before I could turn around.  When I told him that I could wait for this (we were shopping for his last minute things), he said, "If Deanna Jump has it, you should have it!"  :)  He patiently listens to my blog talk, I must say, so he knew who Deanna Jump was!   So I now I am the proud owner of my own personal laminator.  Woohoo!

So here we are in all of our glory and I will think of him every time I write on my fancy new easel and will try not drown my sorrows in laminating film...

Thank you for allowing me this rather selfish post.  I am just feeling very thankful.