I was wrong about the deployment time frame. Turns out he'll be gone eight to nine months instead of the standard six to seven. They were called to leave early to aid in the humanitarian relief for the Pakistan flood victims. There's not much a Harrier can do for them, but they'll be going early anyhow to stay with their squadron and get on with their originally planned deployment after Pakistan.
We spent some time helping him tidy up his bed and arrange a few things before going up to the top deck. Up there, Mike showed me where the Harriers take off and where/how they land.
|Runway. Scary to think of flying off that!|
I had a bit of a breakdown about the added months Mike will be gone, but I know we'll get through it fine and come out stronger as a result. I really appreciate all of your comments here on the blog as well as your emails and phone calls. It helps to know that you are praying for Mike and for the girls and me. Tomorrow will be a very, very sad and hard day, but after that I hope we will get moving and cheer up and start the countdown! I bought a giant map and put it up in AK's room so she can see Daddy's progress by using pinpoints as he travels across the world. We plan to stay super busy to help pass the time. And each night, we'll listen to Daddy read a bedtime story! (He recorded an hour's worth of reading their books. I think it will be huge in helping Avery remember him... or at least recognize his voice/face when he gets back.)
|Mike's bunk is on top.|
|The Ready Room. Where they plan missions, etc.|