Hello friends and welcome to my *forgotten* little world! I have been away from blogging and papercrafting for a long while because of obligations and a few major life changes. This 4 month absence from crafting was actually a much needed break for me.
As you may or may not know, my DH is an active duty US ARMY Officer. As a military family, we move every 1-3 years. This summer, we left Ft Lewis, WA for WEST POINT, NY.
After school was over and graduations took place, my little family and I moved clear across the country from the Seattle, WA area to the New York City area. We cleared, packed, prepared & said goodbye to friends as we began our travels around the country. We vacationed, bonded & spent great quality time with Daddy making wonderful memories along the way. We stopped and toured several cities & were lucky enough to have visited with family and friends. This was a bitter-sweet time - for in the back of my mind I often found myself thinking that at the end of this great journey, we were to get settled in to a new military post, a new area, a new home, new schools, send first child off to College, check into DH's new job, and immediately say GOODBYE..
We are faced with another Military deployment in which our little family will be separated from Daddy for a long period of time. He has left us to train for deployment to Afghanistan. It’s a big sacrifice for our family, but it is the call of duty. It's the Military Life. Things suddenly become a matter of hoping for the best, BUT preparing for the worst. We created a final will, obtained a power of attorney, updated insurance policies and made plans to ensure our family will be taken care of financially. I can’t help but feel sad through the process. I can’t help but feel badly for Daddy who will be missing out on almost 500 days of his children's lives. It must be so difficult to be away from your children for so long. This is our 3rd deployment in the last 7 years. They don’t get any easier. All I can do is hold on to hope, faith, and love and pray religiously for strength & his safe return. Separation isnt easy on children and can be mentally draining on the spouse as we become more aware of what we have to lose and how precious it ALL truly is. There are many available programs to help families of deployed soldiers cope with expressing needs, and meeting goals during deployment. These special programs, available counselors and Military support groups are excellent resources. It is what I've turned to and what will get us through this. :) What really matters most at the end of the day now is that my DH feels that he's doing the best job that he can for our country and that his family is taken care of. Please kindly keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
PLEASE also KNOW that I’m almost ready to jump back in! I’ve missed you all and seeing your beautiful creativity. There is lots of catching up to do, but I sure welcome the challenge. I highly value your friendships and I will need your fun creativity as supplemental therapy to help me pass the time! :)
Living so close to New York City is going to be quite an adventure! Our kids are in their new schools, we’ve toured the area, gotten somewhat acquainted, we’re moved into a new house, and all in all, we’re 90% settled-in. Now I’m off to get busy unpacking & organizing the last few boxes of my papercrafts. A big chore, but that’s what I get for hoarding so many crafts! LOL!
Thank you so much for your kind words & your sweet emails. It means so much!
I will be back soon with new creations! :)