What is A LOT? We are talking 10 out of the next 11 months. I'll give you a second to let that sink in. For my fellow military spouses who read this, I know you can 100% relate. For all of my civilian friends, I don't expect you to fully understand. I did not get it myself until, back in 2004, I dropped Chris off to go on his first deployment. I drove home and walked in the garage door of our home in VA Beach and it hit me: he will not be walking back through this door with me for another 6 months.
This next year is going to be an interesting adventure. We have already done 2 deployments in the past. But this was at a time in my life when I was working full time and during the second deployment I was also in school working towards my MBA. Seeing as this is the third deployment, this should be a breeze right? I don't think so. I think they only get harder and more challenging.
The demands of raising a busy toddler on my own, with no daily reprieve at 5:30 pm or on the weekends, feels daunting. It most certainly makes me appreciate what single parents do every day, 24/7/365. I say a special prayer for all the single parents that I know.
Will we get through this? Absolutely. But it wont be easy and it won't be without tears. 3 1/2 more weeks till Daddy gets home from this month-long trip. You better believe I am counting down the days.