Deployment thoughts, weekly wrap up

Weekly wrap up and goodbyes

I had thought about skipping the weekly wrap again, but I really want to keep writing, too….so I decided to work on my weekly wrap during my lunch break today to at least get something brief out there…last week was a doozy, so bear with me.  So here it is, my weekly wrap up hosted by Holly and Tricia!  Make sure to head over and see what they are up to!



It finally became all too real that I will be without half my heart, my smile, my best friend for an entire year.

Monday: I cried in the shower so my kids wouldn’t see how upset I was. And at some point during my pity party I forgot if I had washed my hair, so I washed it quite possibly twice, just in case…No one likes greasy hair. #losingmymind

Tuesday: I realized in a panic that I forgot to call my nephew the night before to wish him a happy birthday. While yes, I had sent his present and given him his card on Sunday, I still had promised him I’d call him. And I didn’t. #allthesuck #auntiefail

Wednesday: While in the midst of a conversation about the ever so important food network and upcoming shows, My husband loudly said, “You didn’t even hear what I just said, did you?” after seeing the blank stare on my face. Nope. Sorry babe. I didn’t hear a word. I was too busy trying to wrap my brain around being without you for a year, and how on earth I’d hold it together when we say our final goodbyes for the year this upcoming Tuesday (tomorrow).

Thursday: My nanny quit. Via text. Oh, and with NO NOTICE. “DON’T YOU KNOW MY HUSBAND LEAVES ON TUESDAY???” I begged, asking for at least 2 weeks’ notice. Nope. Sorry. That night, while my 16 year old drove us to dinner in my husband’s Honda, we were discussing the infamous Jeep wave. If you drive a Jeep, you wave to all fellow Jeep drivers in passing. Don’t be that guy that doesn’t wave. So while at a stoplight I spotted a Jeep and yelled to my daughter from the backseat, “Make sure to wave!!!” Wait. We’re in a Honda. Ugh.

Friday: The hubby and I escaped to Geneva for the day, eating, shopping, and just having a couple hours of just us. That night we took the kids to see Zootopia and to dinner and it was so nice to just hang out as a family.

Us having lunch
Us having lunch
Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends
He's my smile
He’s my smile
My hero
My hero
Even time for video games, lol
Even time for video games, lol

We spent the rest of the weekend interviewing new nannies (I think we found one, fingers crossed this time she works out), and spending time with each other and some of our closest friends. My husband’s departure ceremony was on Sunday, and I was then reminded for the gazillionth time how darn proud I am of him. If you could see the way the room just is energized when my husband speaks to his soldiers, you would be in awe. It’s just awe inspiring and I get to call him my husband. Man, I am one lucky gal.


Tomorrow, he leaves and we will start the year of firsts. First phone call, first letter, first month done, etc. And I’ll be counting down the days until he returns. Please keep him and his soldiers in your prayers this upcoming year. ❤

Have you ever had a family member deployed?  What’s your favorite thing to do with your family?



46 thoughts on “Weekly wrap up and goodbyes”

  1. As I said to you yesterday, I was thinking about you all weekend. I get teary-eyed thinking about it…I can’t even imagine what you are going through.

    As for your ex-nanny…the only valid excuse she could have for doing this to you now is that she has contracted some horrible infectious disease…but I doubt that’s it, soooo, she is just a horrible person.

    I’m thinking of you Michelle…big hugs…from now until a year from now when we will be celebrating his safe return.


  2. Michele, I saw your photo on IG &you’ve been in my thoughts. How are you doing today? I can’t imagine, I really can’t. If you don’t count my father, who is a WWII vet, no, I don’t know anyone who’s been deployed (and obviously I was not around when my father was in WWII).

    I want to throttle your nanny for you. That’s terrible. It reminds me of when our dog sitter said she no longer felt comfortable taking Chester, despite agreeing to do so, a week before we were supposed to leave on a trip. Except what she did was absolutely worse.

    Well, on the upside, hey, you posted! Awesome.Keeping you & all your family in my thoughts.


  3. Lots of prayers coming your way. I think you are doing a great job of spending as much time as possible together as you prepare for this difficult time. Hugs to you and your family!


  4. Seriously uncool with the nanny! That happened to me once when my daughter was an infant right before I was about to head back to work. It’s like they waited until the most stressful time in your life to spring it on you. I’ve been thinking about you and all that you are going through. You are stronger than you think and you have all of us to support you!


  5. Sending virtual hugs your way tomorrow and for the rest of the week as you adjust to the new “temporary” normal. Hopefully the time will seem to fly until you have the other half of your heart in your arms again.

    About the nanny. Seriously? Via text and with no heads up?

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  6. No I don’t! But I feel your pain and insecurity and concern and fear. I’ve only been married for 7 years and every time my husband travels for work, I feel the loneliness. I miss my buddy. Just small things like waking up next to him, sharing our morning breakfast, discussing the news. Things we don’t get to do, when he is away. As I was reading this post, it became all too real for me. And I feel your pain. He will be back.. And you will make him as proud of you as you are of him!

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  7. You will get through this. There’ll be days that suck and the time might drag but you’ll get through it. One day at a time. Leaning on your friends and family when you need to. And running away the pain in your heart.

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  8. I am really sorry it’s been such a tough week for you! I totally relate to crying in the shower and not remembering if I’d washed my hair or not, so doing it again just in case. I’ve done that myself, too. That totally sucks that your nanny just up and quit like that. GRRRRRR. I hope things work out quickly with the new candidate. I can only imagine how hard it must be during that adjustment period right after the deployment, too. My heart and prayers go out to you. BIG HUGS!!!

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  9. Michelle, your trails touch my heart and remind me to pray for our service members on a daily basis, thank you for your sacrifice as a wife and mom with your husband serving to keep our nation safe. I think it is horrible about the nanny, and I will be praying the right nanny comes into your life. I wish there was something I could do, but the best I can do is pray for you all.

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  10. What a beautiful family you have!

    So proud of your husband, you and your family.

    You all are on my daily prayer list and in my thoughts.

    DON’T let me see your nanny…mmi will kick her a $$ for you. Yup sure will!!!!

    Hugs from MD

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  11. You have such a lovely family, Michelle. I’m sorry you are having nanny problems on top of everything else. Just remember, every day that passes will be one day closer to his return. I hope your girls are doing OK! Big Hug! Thanks for linking with us.


  12. Pass on my thanks to your husband for his service!
    Sorry about the Nanny, that is awful, who quits in a text??? That’s like a teenager trick or something. Hope your search is going well and you can find a better more dependable one soon!!!!


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