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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It’s a Great Day to be a McKay!!

Eleven years ago this month my husband began his Naval Career.

When we got married, he told me he was going to be a Master Chief someday.  🙂

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It has been a rocky road, at times, but after three commands (U.S.S. Cleveland; Chantilly, Va; U.S.S. Stout), and two WESTPAC deployments, I am VERY happy to announce that, today, he was selected for Chief Petty Officer!!!

Words cannot describe how happy I am for him, or how proud I am to be his wife.  I have had the pleasure of watching him grow from an E-3 into a Chief.  It has been quite a journey, and VERY well worth it!

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He is a prime example of “hard work pays off”.  He has worked his heart out to make it to where he is today, and I cannot express the immense admiration I have for him.  It is an honor to be his wife, and for him to be the father on our children.

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I am truly grateful for all that he has done, does, and will do for us.

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***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  I am the luckiest girl on the planet!  Thank You, Lord, for giving me my love, and for everything You have given us!***