give thanks

I’ve got some news that I’ve been putting off sharing because I didn’t want to accept it, but first, I wanted to share the craft Cate and I did today.

"Give Thanks" Banner

We made this banner, and Cate was actually able to do much of it herself.  I wrote the letters, of course, but she glittered them, glued the leaves in place, chose colors, etc.  The hand wreaths are a project from this weekend I hadn’t found a good spot for before today.  A big “thanks” to my mom for sending the needed supplies.  She sent us the glitter, feathers, and Thanksgiving-themed ribbon we used for this project.  That’s about 1/50th of the craft supplies she’s sent us so far since we’ve been here.  I don’t know how we’d do any craft projects if it weren’t for her.

And now the news.

Chris is going to be deployed come spring.

We’ve known since August, but I really just didn’t want to think about it.  He’ll be in the desert for about 6 months.

I guess I decided to share today because I was really thinking about thankfulness.  I’m thankful that we know so far ahead of time that he’s leaving.  I’m happy the baby will be born well before he’s gone.  I’m thankful that he’s deploying at a time when I’ll be able to spend a few months with family in the US.  Cate won’t yet be in school for most of the time he’s gone, so we get to spend the entire summer with loved ones.  I’m thankful that he won’t miss any of the holidays.

Choosing to be thankful for what I can is a heck of a lot better than thinking about all the things he’ll be missing – Cate’s first day of school, four birthdays, our anniversary, and a big chunk of babyhood, to name a few.

I don’t know exactly how we’re going to cope without him for that long, but I do know we’ll get through it.

It’s all a little overwhelming, but all I can do is to “give thanks” for all the wonderful things in our life, and push myself to let go of the things I have no control over.

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5 Responses to give thanks

  1. Dawn Hudson says:

    It will be hard but you can do it. Be thankful that he will be here for the birth. That was very hard to deal with for our family. And going home will take a big chunk of time away. It will go by faster than you think!

  2. Tyly says:

    That’s a beautiful craft you made with the girls and a beautiful outlook you have on the deployment. How refreshing! : )

  3. Erica says:

    What an awesome testament to your strength! Giving thanks, even in the hardest of times, is how we grow. You are awesome, Erica.

  4. Jenn says:

    I love the Thanksgiving craft! So creative and a great way to teach your girls what it’s all about and a great opportunity for you to reflect on all you’ve been given/blessed with. I will keep your family in my prayers. This too shall pass as the Lord never gives you anything you can’t handle. Somehow that has been beaten into me this year. He will give you the strength to get through it!

  5. Cassandra says:

    You will get through it. As one who has done this three times, you will get through it. The first deployment is the hardest – a lot of unknowns. But I’ll be here in my own little bloggy way if you ever have any questions or just want to vent. Enjoy your time with him now 🙂

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