I’ve been falling way behind with my blogging. Actually, I’m not falling behind, I just don’t feel like I have much to talk about lately. We spent a week in Branson with my parents, and it was fun for the most part, but it was also pretty trying at times. But it lead to a heart to heart conversation with my parents, and things have been much better since, thank God.
Abbie and I are hanging in there. This deployment started out being much easier than I was anticipating. We’re over two months in to it now, and things seem to be dragging on. Sometimes it seems like Mark has been gone for 10 months, instead of just two. I miss my husband. I miss talking to him every night before we fall asleep and sharing my day with him and hearing about his. I miss talking to him about Abbie for hours and sharing the joy of watching our little girl grow up. I feel like she’s changed so much in the past 2 weeks, let alone 2 months, and I hate that he’s missing this. I keep him up to date as much as possible by sending him pictures every day and emails of what she’s been up to almost every day, but that can’t replace him just being here and seeing it for himself. I miss his presence and the safe and secure feeling that only your husband can give you, that feeling of being one half of the “us”. I have a busy next few months planned and I’m trying to fill my schedule up as much as possible to make the time go by faster. Luckily I get to talk to Mark pretty much every day. Sometimes the connection isn’t the best and there are lots of pauses, or the video freezes, but I’ll take what I can get. I love seeing him, and so does Abbie, and Mark really likes watching Abbie run around and be her crazy self. Thank God for video chat because it really gives Mark the opportunity to see the progress his little girl is making and how much she’s growing up. I joke with him that he’ll probably end up sleeping on the floor by Abbie’s bed when he gets home. Those two are going to be inseparable, for sure, and I’m not sure which one will be more clingy. But that’s okay. I’ll have my camera ready.
While we were in Branson, Mark requested that we get Abbie’s photo taken at one of those “old time photo” places. So we got her pictures taken at one of them. They took about 40 pictures and about 5 of them were really, really cute. I paid $100 for the CD of all the pictures and the rights to do whatever I wanted with them, and that also included the sitting fee. I couldn’t wait to show Mark, so I emailed him one of them, for him to edit, and he just emailed it back to me. I love how he edited it. He’s pretty good with Photoshop. I can’t wait to see what he does with the other ones. I know I am way biased, but I think our little girl is just about as cute as they come. I’m excited to see what #2 looks like!
I’ll try to be better about writing more on my blog, but I hate to fill it with just “fluff”. I try to wait until I have something halfway interesting to write about, and lately life has been a little bit dull.
Nothing to be biased about, there! She is ADORABLE!!! Good editing, Mark!
I agree that it's hard having the husband miss so much of their growing and changing, but thank GOODNESS for modern technology! I often wonder myself how I would survive deployments or wartime in general if we lived "back in the day"...I mean, I know they survived it, and there were different standards back then, and that they didn't have the taste of technology to know what they were missing. And I know that if I'd lived back then, I'd have survived it, too, but it just makes me SOOOOOOO much more grateful for the technology that we DO have nowadays!
I hope that things pick back up for you again so that the days speed by and he'll be home before you know it!
She looks so cute and demure! I've said it before and I will say it again, lets fill one of your weekends with a visit to Nashville! I would love to help you pass the time!s
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