"For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." John 1:16

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mother's Day

I am just getting around to posting a few pictures from Mother's Day.  It seems that I have been battling allergies and now some sort of respiratory infection the past few weeks and of course that makes everything harder. Nevertheless, the children went out of their way to make Mother's Day special!  We went to church and on the way home, they said that Dad had called in Macaroni Grill and I was to drive there to pick it up! That was nice! They also had gifts of chocolate, bath salts,  and very thoughtful cards.  They cleaned up lunch and let me nap.  We all missed daddy but all in all it was a nice day.  I will have to try and top that for Father's Day??!!

Logan's special card for me.

The children before lunch.

Daddy had sent his signature to Emma to print off for my Mother's Day card.  The kids picked out the card that read, "There is nothing that can come between us...except the kids!" Funny!

My sweet gifts!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

B-Huts and Belly Laughs

I have enjoyed writing about my B-Hut accommodations, all the while still thankful that it was mostly warm at night, even during the coldest parts of winter. On the whole, it's not too bad a place and I am grateful for simply having anywhere to lay my head each night. Nonetheless, you have to enjoy some good laughs now and then at some of the irony regarding the emphasis around safety in Afghanistan.

This particular YouTube video gave me a good belly laugh because it describes the B-huts extremely well and does so in quite a funny way. Although slightly exaggerated, it's closer to true than not. B-Huts are definitely not the place you want to be during rocket attacks because if the projectile doesn't hurt you when it penetrates the plywood, the B-Hut will burn down in less than 30 seconds once it's on fire since it's a 100% plywood structure. Either way, not a good situation! We laugh about it because we have to wear these silly reflective belts at night to avoid getting run over by large tactical vehicles, yet somehow it's ok to sleep out in the open, completely undefended. How do you reconcile that?

60 days and counting! Home is getting closer.


Monday, May 7, 2012

April Catch Up

It has been a little over two weeks since I moved in to our home in Schertz (San Antonio).  The family is gone and people are back to their routines.  We too, are working on establishing our new routines, schedules, chore charts, selecting activities to plug into, and finding our new way of life...again.  The boxes are gone and the house is fairly normal.  There are still a few pictures to hang and a few curtains to be hung.  For the most part though we are settled.  After six weeks of being focused on the move, I am now back facing the reality that my husband is deployed.  We have a new bed that he will not sleep in for several more months.  I keep thinking I will just wait until John is home in a week or so and he can handle the mail that is piling up, the ladder that needs to be taken downstairs (ok I just moved it!), finish hanging the pictures on the walls and can help put the children to bed at night.  I have such a better appreciation for all that deployed families experience now that we are facing it personally.

I do have much more support here though, and for that I am thankful.  I have already met a couple new neighbors that have husbands deployed. I look forward to getting together with them.  I have had such good conversations at church!  We are having to juggle activities since there are so many opportunities!  So on the whole, it is much better to be here.  However, I still have a 2 year old and I still have a teenager!  And I have a few children in between that need lots!  In fact, if daddy doesn't get home soon....my five year old may need a counselor...or I might!  All in all, April will be another of those monumental months in the life of the Childs' family.  We continue to give God thanks for his protection of us during the travels (I was rear ended in John's car the day we were moving but all was ok), and the protection of John.  John had a semi- fun birthday Afghanistan style, but he certainly felt loved by so many!  I have felt that love too!  Thank you!

Here are a few fun random pictures from the last month.

Flat Daddy still travels with us!

Easter Cookies

Lily feeding daddy a crouton!

Emma went to Family Gala...a fun home school event!

Every time I turn around Lauren is upside down...I did get her into gymnastics here!

Logan doing a cartwheel on a last trip to the beach

I see a theme...my children are usually upside down!  Luke loved being in the house with no furniture!

Hiking the Moss Preserve in Birmingham...we spent some time with John's parents before we left.

At the Peach Park...a special place south of Birmingham where John took me when we were dating!  You get homemade ice cream and fresh fruit and sit on swings! 

Lily on the trampoline...thank you to so many who put up, took down, and then put up the trampoline!

At the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.  

Thank you to so many people who continue to bless our family by helping with the driving, teaching my children at church, inviting me for coffee and just stopping for conversation!