We are over halfway there. I've tried to stay positive thus far, but there are definitely some very lonely days. Mostly lonely nights, I guess. When the girls go to bed - after I've done all that has to be done - and it's just me. The times when I stop, when I run out of things to occupy my mind and my time... that's when I just miss him. I miss him waking me up in the middle of the night just to talk to me. I miss weekends working in the yard. Seeing him pull into the driveway after work and the girls so excited that Daddy's home. Seeing the girls jump all over him and wrestle on the floor. I miss our family walks around the neighborhood. Watching our favorite shows together on the couch. I miss getting ready together in our bathroom with the girls playing at our feet. I miss being able to hear his voice and seeing his smiling face.
But the time continues to tick down with every passing day and I am so thankful for THAT!! The girls are happy and healthy and there is much to be joyful about every day. It turns out deployment is a great diet too. After church the other day I noticed my dress pants were unusually baggy. I realized I could slide them right off without even unbuttoning them. I guess Mike took my appetite along with my heart. :)