How We Are Getting Ready For Another Deployment
Not another deployment!!! Ugh!!
As for me, well, I’m a big girl and no longer new to this. It is never easy but we have to make the best of it. Below are some things that we (the boys and I) are planning to do to make these next seven months bearable.
How We Are Going to Cope with This Deployment
First, I created a ‘kisses’ jar. I saw this some time ago on Pinterest and apologize for not remembering the person who came up with it. I didn’t have ribbons so I got a little creative and made a red, white, and blue ‘paper’ ribbon. Then I just used clipart to create the Navy emblem, anchor, and flag hearts. In the middle I taped a label stating “A Kiss Every Day for When I’m Away”. The boys helped tape everything in place. Then we counted out the number of days dad will be gone (times 2, of course) and filled the jar with all those lovely Hershey kisses. Although they are not looking forward to his leaving, they can’t wait to start having a ‘kiss’ every night.
Second, we designated one of our spare eraser boards to serve as our countdown board.
Next, I came up with an idea to create a weekly newsletter as opposed to just writing a regular letter to dad. The boys liked the idea. We worked on the layout of the “newsletter” and came up with different sections we can add, such as a ‘pic of the week’, comics, weather, local, and national news. We even plan to update him on any hockey scores he’d like to keep up with. We also know that it gets busy on the boat and taking the time to write a letter back to us when really there isn’t any news on his end is hard. So, we decided to add a section with questions that he can answer and then mail back. This way the boys get something from him in the mail.
And finally, we will most likely travel during the holidays to stay with family. It is during these times, that the boys really need their cousins to help keep their mind off of missing their dad and I need my siblings to do the same.
I know that looking at all that candy and keeping track of the days seems to serve as reminder that he is gone but I am hoping that the boys, instead, focus on how much their dad loves them and wishes that he was here with us instead. I also hope that the ‘newsletters’ help keep my husband’s spirits up and that he knows we are missing him and thinking of him always.
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