Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Deployment is...

  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Having WAY less laundry to do
  • Sleeping diagonally in the bed
  • Shivering for 5 minutes in the cold sheets because there is no warm body beside you
  • No one telling you to turn the TV off cause it's getting late
  • Freedom to have PB&Js for supper
  • Doing the dishes every night
  • Forgetting what day of the week it is
  • Freedom to leave town whenever
  • Having to stay home from church if someone is sick
  • Not having company as often -cause really, who wants to come "Hang out" (meaning babysit your kids with you) on a Friday night
  • The bathroom staying clean longer
  • Not getting to be around the person you love most
  • Being so very tired each night
  • Saying a thousand sentences a day and most of them starting with "No"
  • Doing whatever you feel like doing, only you don't feel like doing much
  • Being Brave
  • Tough
  • Long
  • Necessary
  • Not understood by everyone
  • Everyone saying "We want to help" but very few really offering
  • A time to grow
  • When I feel the strongest and weakest all at the same time
  • Hard on kids
  • Easy on wallets
  • Not having any free time
  • The time when the Drive-In is the most fun
  • Going to bed at 9:00
  • When getting to church is hard, but staying home from free childcare is harder
  • Lonely
  • Hard even when it's an easy one
  • Easier when people come to see you
  • When getting sick is absolutely out of the question.
  • A free oil change
  • Losing weight (who has time to eat?)
  • Not having any clothes that fit
  • Long nights
  • Needing to cry sometimes -just as a stress relief
  • Being so proud of my man
  • Being so thankful for our country
  • Understanding sacrifice
  • Knowing that there are many people who are willing to fight for you
  • Being thankful for a husband who puts his calling by God (to the military) over his family.
  • Knowing how much Mike loves us and misses us
  • Wishing I had time to write long love letters to my husband
  • A time that makes the four months home so much sweeter
  • A blessing


Dan, Ashleigh, and Isabella said...

Wow, that's a really good picture of deployment. I can't believe Mike's gone again! I've been meaning to call you for weeks. I'm sorry that I've been such a terrible cousin/friend. I'm praying for you.

The Shepherd Family said...

I know you don't know me, but I recognize you (we grew up in the same town) and I found your blog (being nosy) through someone else's.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that deployments do suck, but you are not alone. My husband is serving his 3rd year long deployment in Iraq right now. And it has always been and still is everything that you listed here.
You are a strong woman and your writing is very encouraging to me.
please know you are not alone and I am praying for you...and myself.
And, I love your blog layout!! did you do that yourself?

The Shepherd Family said...

thanks so much for your response! I do know some Bosharts, I think I graduated with Stan (and Dan):)
Mark will be home for good in Aug/Sept and then our plan is to get out in Dec.
Anywho, i don't have photoshop, but would love for a custom layout..if you have time that is. i realize that is very hard to come by, so no worries if not:)
I am glad to be connected to you and Ashleigh and hope that we can all be encouragment to each other.