AK keeps asking for another dog. Avery keeps asking where did Joo-Joo go? I know we will get another dog one day. I love animals and can't really imagine my girls growing up without pets to love and care for. But Junah was truly one-of-a-kind and we are so blessed to have had him.
When he got back to KY he went to his doctor where they discovered the true problem... he needed gall bladder removal surgery.
Soon after my dad got back home, my grandmother (my Mawmaw) passed away. She lived into her 90s. Sadly, she spent the last several years in a nursing home and she didn't recognize us due to dementia. She was such a strong and loving lady. I spend almost every day with her when I was little. I'll never forget her smile and laugh. She was part of a remarkable generation of self-less, hard-working people who loved and helped their neighbors without a second thought. She was pure beauty to her core. As a young widow (my grandfather - also a Marine - died when my mom was 18), I think about how proud she'd be to know of the independence and strength I've gained through Mike's deployments and absences. She had such a deep faith in Jesus Christ and I feel comforted knowing her fog and pain is lifted and she is finally with her savior!
Mike left the next week for a 3-week det. :(
March.Mom flew in to visit me the first week of March. It was so nice having her here! We shopping and dined and had a great time. And then Dad surprised us both by driving down! We got back from dinner one evening and there he was standing in the driveway! It was such a blessing having them both here and the girls had such fun with Mimi and Pawpaw.
When I returned, Mike was off work of pre-deployment leave. Yep, he leaves again soon - this time for a 6-month stretch, which is much better than 9 months. I'm taking the positives wherever I can find them. :) We spent his week and 1/2 off at home just playing with the girls and doing things around the house. It was awesome just having him home and not traveling anywhere.
April.So it's been a tough year so far. And while it won't get too much easier with Mike's upcoming deployment, I know that if we can just get through it, things will improve as far as his work goes... (really hoping this is his last deployment!)
I'll leave you with a bunch of pics from the more positive parts of our year so far and pray for more of the "sunny days" ahead!