Last night we had a Christmas Party. Jared had a youth night. We dropped him at the library and planned 45 min to party, then pick up Jared and take him to the movie night.
Mike went to the club instead of the party. I asked what we were doing. He told me that Ch. S was covering for him at the party. I told him to give me the bottom line. He's deploying. We got out of the car. For one split moment panic, tears, feelings of "I can't do this, NOW," "alone in a foreign country," hit me....and then the National Anthem played as we stood with hands over hearts in the wintry wind. By the end of the song, I'd regrouped. God is Jehovah Jireh. He's been working to provide for our needs before we knew we'd have needs. We are proud to serve our country and sometimes it calls for sacrifices. (That'll preach.)
We told Jared. His comment was priceless, "I thought the President was bringing the troops home from there by July." Um....yeah...well.... not Dad.
News leaks and we didn't want our little ones to hear about this around the base.... though they probably wouldn't have...we HAVE had friends who hadn't told their kids about moves and deployments and others asked how they were doing with the idea, only to discover the kids didn't know.....we told.
When Dad Brings Out the Globe...
|From 09 December|
Zander said, "We've been here too SHORT to be MOVING ALREADY!" ::snort::
Mike explained that "we" were not moving but that "he" would be moving to another country, compliments of the defense budget, for a time this spring/summer. He went on to explain that he'd spend a month in TX getting combat/convoy trained...so his time away from home will be at least seven months. As he mapped the route the military will send him on, Zander pointed out...."Hummph! That's not the quickest way to XYZ, this would be!" ::snort:: He was right! Knowledge he gained playing 10 Days in Asia.
|From 09 December|
Mike was able to skype with the older kids and his parents last night and this a.m. So, we'll share our Christmas news on the blog. We'd appreciate prayers for details...we know God is going to work them out. I had planned three trips with PWOC in March. That is the very month Mike is slated to deploy. I already stepped out of one of the trips. If I'd been selected for that it would have involved a 3rd trip in March and two more overseas trips while Mike was deployed. God First, Family Second, Outside Ministry Third....they'll be another year. I really need to do the other two trips. We're praying that they'll let Mike do his training in February and come home for March. You never know. Please pray that they either let Mike do this, or that we think of a creative way to take care of the issues. Again, God is Jehovah Jireh.
The official tasking hasn't come down yet, but should in the near future.
So, what's new at your house?
Bre will be home in 5 days
Krista will be home in 7 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 9 days
Living all of life before the face of God...