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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Hope

Some days are harder then others to be a mommy. 

So far this week, since he helped put them to bed Sunday night, Andy has seen our children for approx. 3 and a half hours. Total. All week. It has just been the way the schedule has worked - they have been in bed before he has gotten home every single night, so he has seen them for a few minutes in the morning, and that is it.  

It is starting to show. 

I suppose I should just say it is good practice for the next six months, since they are going to see him a lot less then that during that time, but to be completely honest, I just want to whine a little bit. 

Whine whine whine. 

I feel better now. Thanks for listening! 

Now for the good news... dum dum dum.... Andy's leave got approved!!! That means he has most of next week off, to spend time with us before he ships out! He has to go in for his weapons certification (required before every deployment - which is hard for me. I certainly don't want him to have to shoot anyone! I guess since he has to carry a gun anyway, he better be accurate in how he uses it. I don't want him to shoot his own foot off, or something lame like that. Not that I think he would... that sounded really bad. Please don't tell him I said that!)
 Anyway... other then that one required course, he has next week off. He has to go to his college classes, and has some homework that needs done, but he will be free to just hang out and play with his sons for several hours a day. 
 Prepare to bring on the wrestling! 

 They need that so very very desperately. 

 I need that so very very desperately. 

On Sunday our pastor talked about hope. One of the points he made that really stood out to me was this; "A person can live weeks without food, days without water, minutes without air, but only seconds without hope." 
 That thought has been running around in my head this week - how very vital hope is, to life itself. I try to be a "glass half full" type of girl, and hope is not something I often run short on. But this time, right now before Andy leaves is hard, even for me. 
 It has gotten me thinking how much harder it must be for people who don't have hope. Yes, I whine some. Yes, I am going to miss him so much that it takes my breath away if I think about it too much. 
 But I have a promise that NO MATTER WHAT, I have something to look forward to. I know he will be following God's will, God's plan, God's leading. I don't have anything to fear.

 Nothing. 

That is a wonderful promise, that hope I have. I am so very thankful that I have been given ears to hear, and a heart to understand. 
 I am so very thankful that I have parents to introduced me to God's word when I was very young, and helped me begin to hide it in my heart - where it lives - rather then just leave it on a shelf. 
 Hope is an amazing thing. We may "die" in seconds without it - but we will live eternally with it. 
Do you have hope? I would be happy to share mine with you! Just ask ~ 

3 comments:

Carrie said...

Thank you, Lori Wick. JK! ha ha!
You are just full of awfully sweet posts these days and I am THRILLED for you guys that Andy got approved for leave next week! That is awesome! Can't wait to see you guys tomorrow!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

thanks so much for stopping by my place today. I am so glad b/c I love your blog! we're both air force wives also...i always enjoy finding another military wife blogger.

your post was great and go ahead and whine...I want to whine too...my hubs has been gone all week. but i always feel bad complaining b/c he's not deploying now or any time soon. so what do i have to complain about...1 week?

anyway, i'll be back...

Mary Wary said...

That was the quote I remembered most from the service, too. Funny.
I'm glad you guys are going to get some time together. Enjoy, bask in each other's presence.
Love you!