Time Moves On

It’s been a little over a week, and I think I am settling in.  I have slept two nights, now, all the way through.  I had been waking up every night between three and four o’clock.

The boys start school next week, and I start teaching Sunday School (YAY!) this Sunday!  Soccer, Disciple, and Children’s Choir all start the NEXT week!

Busy! Busy! Busy!

Keeps us moving; keeps us sane!

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***McCrazy Daily Lesson:q23***

Weekly Nut Note

One week.

One Letter.

One box.

One card.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.  😉

I can write this here, because I am FAIRLY certain my husband has no way to check my blog while he’s gone.  🙂

I thought I was doing well.  I mean, I am doing well.  However, I realized tonight that I am making it a habit to sit on my couch/bed and eat Little Debbie cakes and drink coke/wine…

 

If I’m not mistaken, these are “sad chick” symptoms??  I have never been one to cry over my ice cream and such…  I’m totally functional during the day, now, but at night…  Wam!  Sad Chick!

Oh well.  This, too, will pass.  🙂

On a brighter note, I drove my husband’s Camaro tonight!!  This is QUITE the accomplishment.  I have never, in my WHOLE 30 years, driven a manual car BY MYSELF!!  YAY ME!!  The car shall live through deployment!!!

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On a McCrazy note, my four-year-old asked God to bless Ironman and Hulk smash during bedtime prayers….  

On a God note, SO happy it’s Sunday, and I got to church this morning.  I always feel better after.  🙂  Cannot WAIT for Disciple to start!!!  

Now, I shall enjoy my box of cakes.  Tomorrow is another day!  

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Watch your self.  You know you best, and YOU will know when something is going askew before anyone else, if you are honest.***

Like I Have Loved You

Happy Sunday! Today I am overwhelmed with the thought that next weekend is my husband and my one year anniversary! My mind is torn between thinking ‘has it really already been a year,’ and ‘we’ve only been married a year? It feels like we’ve been together our whole lives.’ It has been the most blessed year! Having said that, the verse above kind of slapped me in the face earlier this week. Have I really loved my Husband like Jesus loved me?… No. Not even close. But praise the Lord he knew he was marrying a sinner going into our marriage. None the less, I do want to love better this next year.

Who can you show this kind of agape love to?

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Day Nineteen: Write What You Know?

What a good day to start back up!!

Why yes!  That is what I write, and believe me….I will be writing it WAY more, now!  😉

It’s easiest, for me, to write what I know.  Or, at least what I THINK I know.  😉  It, also, helps me get what I think I know straight.  For some reason, it always makes WAY more sense out than in.

Being that my husband deployed yesterday, I have a feeling you are going to be “hearing” a lot more of my thoughts on here, as I will not have anyone, at home, to share them with…lol.

I apologize ahead of time.  😉

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Write what you know!  Whether is be real OR made up in your head!  😉 ***

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The New Normal

“The past two-ish weeks have been a whirlwind; between getting ready for deployment and Derek making chief. I am, [both], proud and happy to announce that we got him off in one piece this morning!! Way to go Team McKay! Let the countdown to Daddy begin!!  ❤ Stay Strong Team Stout! <3″

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That was yesterday’s facebook status update shortly after we watched Daddy sail away.

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It was a different experience this time; we have kids.

I thought it would be fun for the boys to watch the ship.  😉  I, however, did not take into consideration the getting up at 5:30am part.  😉    

The 2 year old cried, because he was so exhausted by the time they left.

The 4 year old BAWLED because Daddy was leaving.  He wanted to go with him and help him.  

It made me feel awful, and for a few minutes, I rethought my decision to take them.  It only took a couple minutes of talking to him to calm him down, though.  I explained we WERE helping Daddy.  Daddy would need things, and we would get them for him.  If we were ALL on the ship, together, there would be no one to send the things we would need.  This seemed to get through to him.

After getting home, napping, and bathing they were much better.  Throw in a birthday party and some “Daddy Books” reading time, and you’ve got brand new boys.

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We will all miss him terribly, but we will all be ok.  🙂Image

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Now comes the tricky part.  Adjusting to “The New Normal” for the next nine-ish months…

The normal where I have to entertain Daddy and Mommy style; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.    EEK!  lol

Lucky for us we have things like email, texts, and skype.  AND regular mail.  I already have Daddy box plans.  🙂  I think the boys will enjoy this part as well.

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Those Daddy Books (as we call them and pictured above) are a real lifesaver.  

Whenever I start feeling down about our situation, I think about all the veterans and families that came before us…  The ones who got a letter every few weeks, or months, and that was all the communication they had.  

We are lucky to have these luxuries.  

While we will miss him EVERY DAY, we could not be more proud of Daddy and what he does for us.  

He is our hero.

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Safe sailing and happy travels, Daddy.  We love you, and we will see you in “just a couple of days”.  😉 

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  No matter the distance, LOVE is bigger.  No matter the storm, LOVE is stronger.***

Some of the toughest times in my life have been during these long deployments.  It doesn’t change a thing; I wouldn’t change a thing.  We are Navy; that is us.  

Fair Winds and Following Seas, my love.

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