who called me as soon as he read my blog on Thursday
because he knew that I would be trying to make plans to get to my mom,
sounded so discouraged because he felt powerless
to be supportive during this time.
He discussed the situation with some of the guys he works with
and they advised him to route a leave chit
and request to fly home.
He thought it was a long shot, but on Friday he was approved for the flight home!
As I type this, he is in Guam awaiting a flight to Tokyo
and then another home.
He will arrive in Seattle at 9:30 am on Monday
and I will depart at 11:30 am on Monday.
We are praying that he can get through customs quickly enough
for us to grab 5 or 10 minutes together before my flight.
He will be home when the kids get home from school!!
Oh, I just can't imagine what a reunion that will be!!!
I've instructed Madison to take pictures of Bren getting off the bus
and seeing Daddy for the first time in 4 months!
David will be thrown right into our crazy schedule
with no buffer time.
He'll do wonderfully, I'm sure.
I wish I could see the look on his face
when he sees how much the kids have grown!
So many things are running through my mind....
Will Bren warm up to him immediately?
How will the relationship between him and the older kids be
after such a long separation?
Will he think I did a good job organizing everything from bills,
to the kids schedule, to the little changes I've made around the house?
Will he find his way around the area ok?
my main thoughts are of complete gratitude
that I am able to go be with my mom
without worrying about how my kids will be cared for at home.
Today is his birthday!
I'm so happy that the kids will be able to celebrate it
with him tomorrow in person!!
I'm picking up a cake and balloons today!
That was the last port visit the Lincoln made
before starting on the journey back home to Everett.
I want to thank all of you
who have left such heart felt comments here
and have sent such touching e-mails.
I appreciate so much that there are people out there
with big hearts and giving spirits
that are thinking and praying about us.
Some of you I have never even met before, but I feel so supported by you.
Never underestimate the power of a kind word
or the lasting effects of one caring soul reaching out to another.