Thursday, January 26, 2012

One Day Down...

I dropped Frank off at Ft. Carson at 10:00 last night. They were set to have their goodbye ceremony at 1:00am. Frank and I decided that it would be crazy to keep the kids out that late. They were already emotional and get more emotional when they're tired. So, we put them to bed at their normal bedtime and Frank said goodbye to each of them. Around 9:30, my friend Tiffani came over to sit with the kids, who I thought would sleep the whole time.

Kass got up right before Frank and I walked out the door. She said she had a bad dream and needed water... and maybe an extra hug from daddy. ;) Then we headed out to Carson. I helped Frank get his stuff inside and hung out for a few minutes and then we said our goodbyes. He didn't want me out until 1 or 2 in the morning and I have been to LOTS of goodbye ceremonies, so we agreed it would be best to just say our goodbyes privately and go on... it's probably a whole lot less emotional that way, too.

When I got home, Keeghan was awake, and not happy. He was crying and saying that his ear hurt. Tiffani said he had been awake most of the time I was gone. poor little guy. He climbed into bed with me and he slept horribly. Even the Motrin I gave him didn't seem to help. This morning when we woke up I asked him how he was doing and he said he was fine and wanted to go to school. Whew!

When I picked Keeghan up from school, he said his ear was hurting again so I called their pediatrician and they were able to get him right in. His ears looked fine, so he said it could be some congestion draining into his ears or something. He seems to be doing ok tonight. They also reminded me that he needs his shots for Kindergarten. Keeghan was NOT happy about this news at all! We'll get them done eventually... but don't tell Keeghan!

After the trip to the pediatrician, we came home and rested for about an hour, and then Kennedy had dance class... Keeghan asked last week if he could try dance too, so he joined her tonight. He really seemed to like it! I guess we will enroll him and see how it goes. Kameron has been missing Tae Kwon Do because he got a part in his school play and they've been practicing after school twice a week. Thankfully one of his friend's mothers offered to take Kameron back to her house after practice so he could do homework with her boys until I got back from dance. When I went to pick him up, they were having a great time making an Angry Birds play. (They said I can even have a part in it! haha)

We came home and grabbed a quick dinner and now everyone is showered and bathed and we're getting ready for bed. Ahh! I'm praying that Keeghan will sleep well tonight and wake up refreshed in the morning. Tomorrow will be a little less hectic, which is a good thing!

As for Frank, we've talked a few times today. They went to San Diego this morning to pick up some Marines and then headed off to Alaska. Here's a picture he took while he was there... it's -3 degrees! Brrr!

I just talked to him a little while ago and he was getting ready to fly again to somewhere else. He said he's been fed well, the plane is only 1/2 full so he can stretch out, and hopefully he'll be able to sleep on the next leg of his flight. 

Thank you to everyone who has sent prayers and words of encouragement over this past week. I'm feeling much better about things even though I lost a "friend", and I'm going to keep blogging... maybe not every day, but when I have something to say (which may be every day! HA!). Thank you to those of you who love our family... I appreciate you more than you know!

12 comments :

mom2natnkatncj said...

You sound like you need a hug. So ((Renee))! I'm glad you're keeping up with the blog. I wish Frank didn't have to keep deploying :(.

ourjoyfulljourney said...

One day down! ;) Praying for the rest of the days to go smoothly as well! :)I know God will bless your days and give you strenght to get through each one!

Holly Aytes said...

Praying Keeghan sleeps well tonight. Glad Frank's journey is going well...I definitely don't want to go to Alaska with it being -3 (I complain when it is below 40 here! Glad you decided to keep blogging...I love hearing what you guys are up too!

Suzetta said...

Sometimes when my husband leaves the kids get random "aches and pains". I think it's somehow related to the pain that they are feeling about thier dad. All I know is that extra hugs, attention, and time seems to be the only thing that makes it go away. :( I hope your kids are ok....and you too.

Designs by DD said...

{Hugs} to you, Renee. Glad you're still going to blog some. God bless and keep you while you are apart.

Lynn said...

Christ went through all this for us, that we might have hope! You know I'm always praying so very hard for your whole family!!!
Isaiah 53:7-10: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
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Jennifer said...

Hi,

Longtime lurker here! My name is Jenny and I'm from the UK. I was wanting let you know about Operation Purple. I'm sure you know what it is but if not it is summer camps that are run for kids whose parent is/has been/will be deployed overseas. I spent last summer working at the OP camp in Nebraska. It was an amazing experience and really opened my eyes to what being a military kid is like! I wonder if your older two kids might benefit from meeting other kids in a similar situation to themselves and also enjoy a fantastic (and free!) camp experience. OP is run by Easter Seals Nebraska and is one of the few OP camps to accept kids with disabilities so Kennedy would be able to join her siblings if she wanted to! The staff spent the whole summer working with kids and adults with disabilities as part of the Easter Seals program so they are very well experienced and extremely caring. Here is the link: http://site.campeastersealsne.com/Operation_Purple.html. Wish I was going back this summer but sadly it will be a chilly English summer for me!

Best Wishes

Jenny

Vivielle said...

That is a very cool picture Frank took in AK! Still praying for you all.

Elle said...

You and your family are simply amazing. I do not know how you do it. God bless military families! Thank you Frank for fighting for our country..and thank you all for letting him go fight. Lots of prayers for you, Frank and the kids on this very long deployment.

4a263c92-493a-11e1-b4b1-000f20980440 said...

Renee, we're just about 3 months ahead of you guys into a deployment. We also didn't take the kids to the final goodbye and I just dropped him off myself. I wanted them to sleep. Hopefully this year goes smoothly for the both of us. {{{}}}'s -markswife1995/aka Becky

Tracy said...

Hate to hear that Frank is deployed again. I will be praying for strength and comfort (an healthy kids! :) ) for all of you while he is away. I am sure it is never easy, but hopefully as the kids have gotten older it has gotten a little easier. Hang in there. Hugs from Florida!

Kim said...

Prayers to all of you, I know saying goodbye for deployments are so hard. One day down - take it day by day. We appreciate all Frank does for our country and appreciate what you do as a military wife so that he can do this for us!

Kim in VA