Friday, June 6, 2008

Care Package

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.


Dave and Lisa Swinney said...

Jessica my heart breaks for you. You know God has a plan for this....but right now its hard for us to see it. We will continue to pray with you. I love the gifts. Such cute little kiddos!

Anonymous said...

Those gifts are just precious!!! Madeline looks gorgeous in that little outfit!!! And I must say, I'm a little jealous of the! Jason, you did SO good! Continue to be strong Jessica. With God, you can endure anything!
We love you,

Anonymous said...


I love the gifts. I know how great it is to get something to let you know you are special.


Alan,Tasha,Allie,Zach said...

Hey Jess,
I know you were so excited to get the gifts from Jason and knowing the time he put in just made it that much greater! I am so sorry your week has been so hard and you know I wish I could take it all away from you! And though my HUGS are not close to Jason's, I still give you one GREAT BIG ONE! I love you! Give the babies lots of kisses! Tasha

Anonymous said...

Knowing that this trial of faith is precious to God; you are precious to God and to me. Imagine how Jason feels to see his babies in those clothes. Take comfort in knowing they are loved by their father and that love is demonstrated to them; sounds like the Word, doesn't it?
Hugs, Janet

Anonymous said...

What a gift! They both look so precious in their goodies from their Dad. That has to make both you & Jason smile when you see those pictures! I love your blogs & you rest assured that everyone who knows you is praying for you & your husband & families daily.
Lots of Love, Nancy

Carlton and Aimee Weathers said...

I love all the cute things Jason picked out. He's so metro. :)
Maybe he can give Carlton some pointers.

You are so strong. I could never do what you are doing. You amaze me!