Deployment Day #96

Today I woke up before 5am and still managed to be late for church. 9am is just too early for church when you have to bring seven other people with you.

Cora always wants to pass the offering plate. I usually don’t let her because I’m pretty sure if she tried to pass it, she would drop it, and that would lead to all sorts of excitement.

Today, because we were late we were in the second row, and since the offering plate wasn’t very full I let her pass it. What I didn’t anticipate was her passing it like a Frisbee into her eleven-year-old brother’s face. Since I was holding her, the plate was right at eye level and she hit him on the bone above his eye.

My eleven-year-old has become a bit of a loose cannon these days with the deployment. One little thing can really cause him to flip out. This was the one little thing and he ran out of the sanctuary and locked himself in the bathroom.

I sat outside the bathroom and waiting for him to come out. I sent his older brother in to give him some ice. I finally sent my daughter’s boyfriend in to talk to him. He couldn’t get him to talk, but he did succeed in getting him out of the bathroom.

We ended up sitting in the hallway for the entire service with a bag of ice on his eye. He wouldn’t talk, but at least he wasn’t locked in a stall.

The day got better, as the mild weather got the kids outside for several hours. (Always a bonus in my book!)

My oldest son had a bunch of friends over to watch the Super Bowl (yawn). It was funny to see what commercials got their attention and which ones I had to as them to stop talking so I could hear.

The day didn’t start great, but it ended pretty well.

My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days.  These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence.  I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014.  To read from the beginning, click here.

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Deployment Day #95

I love Saturdays because it is my “sleep in” day. Now if I’m being honest, almost every day could be my sleep in day because my kids rarely wake up before 8am on their own. Actually they rarely wake up before 9am on their own.

I like waking up before them during the week so I can get things done. On Saturdays I give up and sleep until they wake me up, or I wake up on my own. Usually I wake up before 8, but always go to bed with the hope that tomorrow is the Saturday I am going to sleep really, really late.

This morning I woke up before seven! What?!?!?!

We cleaned most of the day, which stinks because that is not how I want to spend Saturdays. I’d like to do fun stuff, but it seems like we spend every weekend playing catch-up from the week. Laundry, cleaning, rooms, schoolwork, it just doesn’t end.

Deployment hasn’t changed this, anyone who has children knows it goes on and on and on… But when you are the only one keeping it together there really isn’t a break.

Today the vacuum broke. We are very hard on our vacuums, which is why we bought one with a ten year warranty. But, usually when it breaks it is when the house really, really needs to be vacuumed.

I consider fixing the vacuum, not my job. Because if I’m vacuuming, that means I already am doing a job, cleaning.

Today when it broke I realized I was the only person who could try to fix it, so I took it apart and put it back together three times before I decided it needed to go to the shop.

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I feel like taking a vacuum apart is risky business. First, I never really know if I’m going to be able to put it back together again. Second when you take the vacuum apart all the dust and dirt goes everywhere! So your floor is even dirtier than before. And if you can’t fix the vacuum, you can’t clean it up.

Even better is when your handheld vacuum breaks on the same day. So I had my kids use the Dyson Hard to vacuum up the really dirty areas. Not really the best use of that machine, but it did a good enough job.

I remember once when I was younger my mom’s vacuum broke and she started sweeping her carpet. I’m not sure that would work around here, but I considered it for a second.

I’m really bummed about the vacuum because I cleaned out my bedroom and office today and would LOVE to finish the job. But I guess it will get finished in 3-5 days.

Long day today. Very long.

My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days.  These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence.  I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014.  To read from the beginning, click here.

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Deployment Day #94

This is what I found when I walked out of my bedroom.

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When I asked them why they were all sleeping in the hall they said it was because they wanted something different.

Today was a good day. We didn’t get everything done, but I’m getting use to it.

This weekend we will be cleaning. I’m not exactly looking forward to it, but I’ve let the school stuff creep into almost every area of our house. I’m all for letting learning be a part of our day, but I’m tired of finding papers, markers, and glue sticks, etc all over the place.

Also, I don’t function well with mess and clutter so it is time to take care of it. Wish me luck, deep cleaning with five children is always…. interesting.

My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days.  These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence.  I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014.  To read from the beginning, click here.

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Deployment Day #93

Deployment life is like a roller coaster. As bad as one day is, the next day can be equally amazing. It’s something to remember in the midst of bad days- because even though they might seem overwhelming it is good to know that a good day is just around the corner.

There have been plenty of bad days so far. But we’ve also had lots of laughs. I started thinking today about all the benefits of a deployment. Now of course we would give all these up in a minute but, I find it helpful to try find the positive in any situation.

If you can’t laugh about it, you probably can’t get through it. 🙂

As we ate leftovers, cereal, and rainbow cake for dinner and stayed up way too late and I realized that those things don’t happen when things are normal around here.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if all the fun stuff about deployment could continue on when the deployment is over? I’m not sure it can, but it feels good to find the good in the middle of it all.

My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days.  These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence.  I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014.  To read from the beginning, click here.

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.