Photo by Emily from Military Love

Monday, July 18, 2011


Regardless the fact it is Monday, I am feeling pretty good! Right now it feels like time is just flying. I am not complaining that is for sure. The more I learn about others going through similar things as I, the stronger I feel about making it through each day. My days have been so full of things to do, it's no wonder the time is flying. We have been taking advantage of summer and its EXTREME heat by going to the pool a lot with the little ones. Cool off and work on the tan all in one :) what more could you ask for? I also love fishing and recently I got to go with one of my bestie's :) It was super hot out but worth it! I am def ready to be out of 100+ weather. But can't complain too much getting to be around all the people I love and care about most :D
My biggest catch of the day :D
Joseph and I's 3rd anniversary is coming up August 2nd! I am patiently waiting for him to get his new address for me so I can send his anniversary package. But I am still trying to think of creative little things to send him that will be unique and special :). Still no word on whether RNR is going to change since he as moved to a new place. It is January as of now, so we will see what happens. About 6 more months until I see him again! I can't believe it's already been 3 months!

Hope everyone has a great day! Just remember another day down is another day closer to your hubs!

This was my inspiration to last me the whole week!

"I love you so much. I miss you its almost been 3 years its really gone by fast. I still remember when we got married. I miss you and love you." - Joseph Lee my handsome :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

He's Coming Back To ME :)

I am so excited!!! It's amazing how something as simple as looking at pictures or watching video of your spouse can make you fall in love with your husband all over again. Deployments and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate that he has to be away and in dangers way, but I love that it reminds me just who I get to spend the rest of my life with. I love that no matter how long we are together, every time he comes back from a deployment or training or whatever it may be, it's like our first date all over again =D.

I've started another video to send to Joseph again this deployment. If you've never done one before you should think about it! It's fun to do and plus he gets to see my smiling face (his favorite :) ) but he can also see our family and friends and how much they support him. One of my favorite parts is getting my niece and nephew on video. He loves them so much and getting to see some of their milestones, even if just on video, will make him smile, of course he would most likely never admit that! LOL. I can't wait until he gets to see William walk for the first time :). I can only imagine when it's your own child how even more rewarding it can be!

It is crazy to think July is half way gone! It honestly does seem like just yesterday I was getting to Kansas and seeing my family and now we are starting week 13 of this stinky deployment! Here's to another week and hoping it flys by just as fast as the others!

<3 Abby
Fell asleep with "him" beside me one night <3

Monday, July 11, 2011

You know you are in a deployment when...

Week 11 DOWN! <3
Laying here in bed as I often do at night, not able to sleep and my mind just wonders, and wonders and wonders...I think of some of the most random things...but hey it usually helps :)

You know you are a spouse of a deployed military member when:
-you refresh your email account every 2 minutes, even though it does that automaticaly
-check his facebook, even though you know he hardly ever gets on it
-send emails to him all through out the day just so you know you won't forget to tell him something important
-you are counting down the weeks until you see embrace him in your arms again
-you miss having those extra clothes to wash and having the dinner ready for him when he gets home from work

I know there are so much more, just all I am thinking of at the moment.  Not talking to my husband for days gets to me. I think so much more and it makes it harder to keep a positive attitude. But on the other hand it also makes the times we talk that much sweeter and special. Days will come and go and before I know it he will be home with me again, God willing. The best advice I could ever give to someone in my shoes is to keep yourself busy. Write your appointments, schedule, fun activities you have planned, on a calendar, visually seeing how busy your week or month is, makes the time go faster. My weekly chain link has also been a great way to see how much time has went by. I would recommend it to anyone :) Even if you start it in the middle of your current deployment. I got the idea of sending each weeks link to your spouse as you take them down. I started doing that this week. I wrote "sweet nothings" on the torn link and wrote the week number on it and put it in an envelope with a letter I wrote to him. I think it will brighten his day each time he gets another link :) It definitely brightens mine!

Hope this brightens someone's day :) And feel free to add to the list of "you know your a military spouse when..."!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

11 Weeks Today

I have been pondering lately whether I think I am strong enough for this lifestyle. After feeling down and thinking way to much about it I realized I am not one to judge myself on my own strength. Things will always be harder being a military spouse, but it also has rewards that not every civilian marriage encounters. If you have never been separated from your spouse for months with out option, you will truly never know the amazing feeling we get when we see them for the first time. It's that first date, butterfly feeling, no matter how long you've been together. That is what I hold onto during our time apart. I think of how good that feels whenever I am down and I remember why it's all worth it. God put me on this path of life for a reason, and that too makes me believe I am strong enough to cope with it.

11 Weeks down today :) Hope it keeps going by this fast. I have my rough days but most times I think about it it seems to be going by quickly. So for all of you out there going through the same thing...chin up :)