Today started rainy and blustery and ended up beautiful and warm. The kids ate dinner outside and played until the sun went down, which seemed to happen too soon.
I found my son and his friend discussing the changing leaves in our backyard. We all agreed this was our favorite.
As we discussed the changing leaves the year ahead played through my mind.
How many leaves will change?
How many missed birthdays?
How many missed “firsts”?
How many missed celebrations?
The sadness that made it hard to breathe on Wednesday has been replaced by a sadness of missed moments and memories.
I’m fighting to keep my sadness from knowing what is missed from overshadowing my joy in these moments.
We are blessed.
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.