Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Roster is Out!

Tonight was the big night. David had his first Tiger Cub meeting, and they blasted off their homemade rockets. Jack even made one, and he was more excited than most of the boys there tonight.

I could tell as we were getting ready that something wasn't right. Three minutes before we walked out the door, hubby dropped the bomb. "I'm on the Battle Roster".

We knew the roster was coming out in October, and I would have been surprised if he were not on it. Still, it doesn't make the news any easier. And on a night that was supposed to be so special, carefree, and perfect!

Here is what we know. Things should be finalized this winter as to where he is going. Unless a miracle happens, he will be sent somewhere in the Middle East. If there is a plus in all of this, it's that he has been chosen for an amazing position. As much as he is going to miss us, I can tell that a part of him is flattered and excited to have been considered for such a position. Honestly, I could care less what the position is! I want my hubby to stay home with us!

Sorry. I know that I need to put on the happy, this is all going to be ok face, and I'll start to work on it tomorrow. Tonight I'm sad and need to grieve over the time we will be apart, what we will miss together as a family, and all the "what if's".

For those of you who have been in a similar spot, how did you get ready to say good-bye? I'd love to know . . . .


Rach said...

Ugh girl! I was hoping that some small miracle would happen and they'd skip over Dave. My heart goes out to your family. I can't even imagine what you're going through or having to live without your husband or your children's father for a long time while he's deployed. Hugs and a prayer out for your family.

Val said...

I'm so sorry...this has to be one of the hardest things a family has to do. I was hoping he wouldn't be sent.

Hugs and prayers,

nanniepink@aol.com said...

We have been praying that Dave would be hidden from this call. I don't know what the job is but we will pray that it keeps him out of harms way. Thinking of all of you. Much love Mom and Dad in Buffalo WY

C2 said...

I'm sorry that you are feeling so sad about what is going on with your husband. I can totally understand why you would feel this way, and it's completely justified. I hope that whatever happens, it is fast and he can quickly come back home to safety. My thoughts and good wishes go out to you and your family.

airforcewife said...

We took our kids to Build a Bear workshop and spent way too much money right before he left. Each kid made a "Daddy Bear" and he put a message in it for them.

They sleep with their Daddy Bears every night.

Feel free to email anytime - we're on our second deployment right now - TOTALLY been there!

Christy said...

My husband's on his 2nd OIF deployment and 10 months after he returns home, he'll most likely being going right back.

How do you "say goodbye" you just do. I know it's not the answer you may be looking for, but it's the honest one. You make as many memories as you can before he leaves. Take lots of pictures, have lots of laughs, and even a few tears and realize that you have no control over this, that God does and he'll get you through it one way or another.

Oh this is my first visit here. You will be in my prayers.