God is amazing and wonderful and my parents are awesome! About 3 weekends ago, when my parents wanted to see the girls and arranged for us all to meet in Orlando for a weekend, they (and Ivy… my little sis ;-) , and grandma) surprised me with gifts for my birthday. And that very same night, they gifted the girls, Dave, and I something we had not had the opportunity to make happen in ALLLLLL the MANY, MANY deployments we’ve been through. Thanks to my parents (who wanted us to be able to be at the pier for Dave, to welcome him home from his LAST deployment, and for Ally to be able to spend her 11th birthday with her dad this year) the girls and I have arrived in Honolulu to get ready for our first ever home coming ceremony! This is the first time we get a chance to be waiting for him at the pier and it’s the first time in his 20 years in the NAVY that he will have anyone waiting for him at the pier.
When we met in 1999, Dave was stationed in Hawaii… I lived at home with my parents in FL. In the summer of 2000, my sisters and I had planned a trip to go to Hawaii, and I was going to visit him, etc. I got an ear infection and was not able to fly with them. And so, he flew to FL and spent a good amount of time with me then before having to go back. Fast forward to 2013 and the trip from FL to Hawaii has become a reality and this time I travel with our two daughters!
Mom and Dad… nos han dado un regalo que no se puede valorar. Gracias por ser siempre tan increíbles. Gracias por el amor, que a su manera, siempre nos han demostrado, y ahora siguen dando con David y las niñas. Gracias por siempre estar atentos de nosotros. (you’ve given us a gift that can’t be valued. Thank you for always being so incredible. Thank you the love you’ve always demonstrated us, in your own ways, and you now continue to show to David and the girls. Thank you for always being so attentive of us.)
Thank you to my sisters, my grandma, my auntie, who have been supportive while we dealt with the long separations, the health issues I’ve had, any needs the girls, Dave, or I have had, etc. You guys are amazing, and we’re blessed to have you.
Thank you to the rest of my family and friends who have prayed for us and have actually reached out to the girls and I while Dave’s been gone. Those who have offered to help out, or have sent me messages of encouragement or have simply taken the time to email or message me to ask how the girls and I are doing while he’s been gone… or have stopped to ask how HE was doing as well. And, our neighbors, who have always been so attentive!
We are starting to wrap up this phase of our lives… it will be an adjustment. Dave and I got married and started our family as a MILITARY FAMILY… it’s something that those who have not lived won’t completely understand. He retires this summer and we will be able to move towards having a more “stable” or “normal” life style…. we ask that you all continue to PLEASE keep our military service men and women… AND THEIR FAMILIES in your hearts and minds…. certainly in your prayers. Please don’t forget the families who are left behind… they too serve and sacrifice for our service members to be out there defending us. CERTAINLY PLEASE DON’T EVER FORGET THE LITTLE KIDS. Most of them are strong, and only break down in front of the spouse left behind. Please acknowledge them and THEIR sacrifice… the many holidays, birthdays, recitals, simple family dinners, etc., etc., etc. they do without their dad/mom. Some of the strongest people out there are Military Brats. I certainly know two of them, and I stand in awe of them and their strength and courage! :)
THANK YOU ALL WHO HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THIS WITH US IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER… THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT… THANK YOU FOR THE PRAYERS… THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE….
I’m overwhelmed. THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!