The Marines have called again.
My husband has answered, again.
He is off to serve our country in Iraq, again (Tour #4).
We affectionately call this tour, “The Sandbox”. Out of our 9 years of marriage, this will be our 6th deployment… 5th combat tour.
This one will be the longest he has ever gone. He will miss: my son’s preschool graduation, end of school parties, his brother’s ordination, our summer vacation, my daughters birthday, his birthday, the first day of third grade and kindergarten, my son’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. When my husband leaves, my daughter will be 7 and son 5. When he returns my daughter will be 8 and son 6. Those are just the big events. He will miss field trips, loose teeth, new teeth, skinned knees, 2 wheel bike victories….. The downside of deployment.
But you see…attitude is everything. After my little pity party here, we will pick up and keep going.
In fact, let’s try to find a silver lining now…
Top 10 upsides to deployment: (Amie’s guide to Delightful Deployments)
1. We have a rule, no TV’s in bedrooms… I however, love to watch tv and fall asleep… so, the day he leaves, the extra TV packed away in the garage comes out and onto the dresser. My kids and I look forward to movie night, snuggled together under the blankets.
2. get to change your hairstyle (I cut it off the day after he leaves), change colors… whatever…it’s hair… dye washes and hair grows a lot in 8 months.
3. Retail Therapy… the just opened a new pottery barn outlet! Spend that tax free money. (but I do recommend taking it easy… it’s a lot harder to pay it off in the back-end.)
4. Paint, wallpaper… re-tile, re-carpet, redecorate… re-whatever, the lamps are all yours….
5. ….so is the remote control. Also, ther is more room on the DVR for Men In Trees and chick shows, without having Battlestar Galactic, Future Weapons… well, generally any sci-fi, military or history channel shows taking up your valuable DVR space.
6. Travel… to wherever, go and see YOUR parents… Seattle, here I come… who cares if it rains on July 4th!
7. Shopping List… paper plates, paper towels, paper cups, plastic silverware… 8 months of no dishes, priceless!… oh, and I highly recommend Take-out chef’s.
8. stay up until 2 am writing, blogging, scrap-booking, painting…. any ing’s you want. Just crash in one of your kids beds when you run out of steam… because they are inevitably in yours.
9. Less laundry
and #10… put out as many candles, throw pillows, plants… chick movies, romance novels, flannel pj’s and bon-bons as you like 🙂
of course, I would gladly give them up for my husband to share the next 8 months with us.
I love you honey, and will miss you.
So, if you think of it, drop a prayer for us….and check back on this blog often to follow the adventure our next 8 months will be.