This photo by Eve Arnold perfectly fits my mood today. I am not sitting in a bar in Havana, however, but instead trying to keep my mind busy. Well maybe not trying, it just so happens that there are a million things running through it. We got word today that James will be deploying to Afghanistan in December. Not only that, but a couple of days before Christmas. Our first together as husband and wife! Needless to say, I am sad and frustrated at the news but James is in great spirits and is actually a bit excited about his impending deployment. You know how military men are…”it’s my turn and if I have to put in my time” sort of thing. He is ready for his turn though and I am proud to support him in that. Scared shitless, but I will continue to support the career that is offering so many opportunities to us. I ask for prayers if you are reading this! Just from time to time…December through July, if you could just send up some love for us.
I am excited about the idea of going home for the holidays! I haven’t battled the adventure of trying to space-A or “catch a hop” yet but you can be sure I will be there as soon as he leaves, ready to be with the ones I love back home. I can’t help but be a little excited about that…until I think about the fact that James will be missing not only that, but my birthday, new years, and our first anniversary.
Hopefully when he gets back we will get to do all kinds of fun stuff though. You can be sure that I will have vacations planned out for the six weeks of leave that he gets as well as maybe a trip home to see his sweet mama that we haven’t gotten to see since our wedding in January!
Dear Jen. I almost cried for you when I read this news this morning. And I did pray. And will keep praying. And you can bet your cute tushy that I'll be here for you in any way I can. XOXO