Friday, June 6, 2008
We received our first "care" package from Jason! Excitement would not even begin to express how I felt when I got home and saw the package. It was like Christmas morning! We have been anticipating the arrival of this package for so long and it came at such the right time (This has been a pretty overwhelming week) As you can see from the pictures we got lots of goodies :) Jackson got his very own army hat with his name monogrammed in English and Arabic. Madeline got a "traditional" outfit that little girls wear. Jason said that the outfits came in every color, but he chose pink for Phi Mu :) Jason sent his parents a wood carved camel. It is so cute. I asked him to send me several because I plan to use them on my patriotic Christmas tree this year. I got a great purse. (Jason knows my weakness for purses) It means so much to me that Jason took the time to find each one of us a gift and that each gift was unique and exactly what we would have chosen had we been there ourselves.
The kids and I have been working on our own care packages this week. We have put together a Father's Day package and are now working on Jason's birthday package. I will post pictures later (after Jason receives the packages so as not to ruin the surprise)
Putting together Father's Day gifts, birthday gifts, and our anniversary has been hard. I miss Jason so much. He is always on my mind and in my heart, but putting these packages together makes it even harder. The loneliness can really be overwhelming at times. I would give just about anything to have a hug. This is so hard and we are not even 1/4 of the way through this deployment yet. I know that as time goes by it will get easier right? The thought of this being "easy" seems so far-fetched right now.
"You therefore must endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ"
2 Timothy 2:3
Even as overwhelming and lonely and hard as things are, I know that God has a plan for us. I continue to pray that God will grow me in this journey and use these hard times to mold me and teach me.