We've been exceptionally fortunate to have My Love home so much - but now is the time we remember we are a Navy family. Really, the only constant in our schedule right now is that everything is in pencil. My Love is home at the moment, but that is about to change.
Actually, over the next 3 months, he will be gone much more than he will be home -
and that is just to prep for an eventual deployment!
As a family of 6.
Eleanor Roosevelt said it best:
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ― The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
We have chosen a challenge - and I intend to go through it with bravery, excitement, and imagination. We will be traveling, going on adventures, and becoming a better team.
The Beans will realize the important role they have in the running of the household. We will all have sad days, hard moments, and frustrations - but we will face them and work through them...together.
We will learn the importance of relying on others.
I will be reminded that I can't do it all on my own.
I know there will be days that everything will go wrong - children will be sick, appliances will break, I won't sleep, power will be out.
I know I will be exhausted beyond belief.
I know I will miss My Love's company.
His parenting viewpoints.
His reality checks.
His sense of humor!
The way he can talk me off a ledge.
Going through this now - although different than our other separations, it is still similar in many ways - which is great, because I have a better idea of what is coming my way; and terrible, because I have a better idea of what is coming my way.
Kind of like labor and delivery.
The first time through, the fear of the unknown could just kill you.
The second time though - it is the fear of the known.
Either way, the difficulty of the next year will deliver us into shore tour.
Hopefully there isn't a lot of screaming involved.
~Whitney Copyright 2012