We Survived Deployment

One big thing that happened during my long blogging break was that Jesse deployed for 6.5 months (April to October of 2015.) To say that it was the longest 6.5 months of my life just doesn't do it justice. We knew it was coming for a while and I was just ready to get the good-bye over with. Knowing that you are about to see you best friend for the last time for over half a year it not a good feeling. Trying to explain it to your babies is even worse.

He is such a hands-on Dad and does so much around the house and with the kids. When's he's gone there is truly a void in our home that just can't be filled. We missed him terribly and literally counted down the days until his return.

Some days flew by because we were so busy but some felt like they lasted an eternity. In the grand scheme of things, 6 months isn't that long, but it sure felt like forever on the hard days. Luckily, we had awesome communication and we were able to FaceTime just about every day.   This was such a blessing! The girls grew and changed so much during that time and Jesse was able to watch it all through FaceTime, pictures and videos.
I'll be 100 percent honest and tell you we had some pretty tough days. Emerson cried and often said that she wanted her Daddy to come home RIGHT now! How do you explain to a 4 year old that Daddy would be home in an instant if he could?  I can definitely say that I had a few of my worst moments of motherhood. Being with the kids 24/7 with no relief was so hard and despite my best efforts, there were many days where it was just basically survival. We also had our share of ups and downs including our first broken bone (more on that later!)

Despite the tough times, the girls and I made some awesome memories during that time and I feel like our family grew in strength tremendously. I was tested to my limits in more ways than one and I came out of it stronger for sure. Of course, the harder the deployment, the sweeter the homecoming and it definitely was SWEET!!!
You can see all of the photos from our reunion here.
Emily Powell said...

6 months is a LONG time!

Sarah said...

Thank goodness for technology like Facetime! I am sure it made the time go faster when you were able to stay in touch!

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