October 3, 2023

Deployment Diaries | Part 1

Pre-deployment: We are currently a month away from deployment, and my mind is spinning... 

I keep thinking about this deployment checklist that needs to be completed (mostly by my husband), but somehow it makes me feel like we are going to forget about a very important detail and he is going to be long gone.

How I'm feeling: today I'm feeling knots in my stomach (just like the day Daniel told me about a possible deployment). I'm thinking that the main reason is due to the fact that we found out some pretty amazing news today. But we aren't ready to share it with the world yet.

There is so much to do around the house before he leaves. I have a CVS receipt for a growing list...

I talked to my mama today, and we both laughed and cried thinking about her last deployments with my dad. She reassured me that everything would be alright and that Daniel was doing something amazing for our little family. Just like my dad did...

During my dad's last deployment before he retired, on a late Friday night, my mom frantically called me and told me that I needed to take her to the emergency room because something was wrong (she lived only 40 minutes from me). I remember dropping everything and telling Daniel that I would not be able to go out with him and his friends to celebrate his birthday. I'm sure he was a little sad but completely understood the situation. It turns out my mom had a crazy allergic reaction, and after a few shots and some medication, we were on our way back to her house. I stayed the night and laughed and chatted all night on her bed!

The only difference now is that my parents live four hours away, so I can't just drop everything and run off to their place for dinner or a sleepover during Daniel's deployment, but I'm still going to figure out a way to make my way over to their place as much as possible!

Pre-deployment: We've got this! There are only three more things to complete on our checklist!