As we drove around town tonight and I couldn’t help but notice all the lights and Christmas decorations. They are in stores, along the streets, and Christmas music is playing everywhere.
I don’t mind the Christmas music, my daughter has been playing it since Halloween. This is my favorite time of year. The only time when I am able to tolerate winter. For some reason, being cold in December makes sense. Being cold in March doesn’t!
With all the lights, decorations, and music I couldn’t help but think about how much I miss our whole family being together this month. We were apart last year until the day before Christmas, and we were apart two years before that.
Decorating the tree, making cookies, and trying to eat all the leftovers without dad is sad. Although, I know for him there will be no tree, no decorations, and no leftovers.
Christmas just isn’t the same without our family together. My older kids are getting old. I’m realizing that we might not have many more Christmases together with just our a family. I realize there is nothing I can do about this Christmas, but I want this one to be our last as a family apart.
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.