Sunday, February 13, 2011

He's off!

Here we are at Ben's work station.

Eating breakfast in the cafeteria on board the ship.

On January 13, despite rumors of delays or cancellations and CO difficulties, the "Big E" left on deployment taking my sweetheart with it. Families of deploying sailors were invited on board to sample a typical breakfast that our loved one would be trying to choke down for the next 6 months and to say goodbye. The week leading up to this day had been a difficult time for me emotionally. I could barely think of this day and the moment I would have to walk away from Ben without tearing up. It was every bit as difficult as I thought it would be.
Aven, not understanding too well what was going on, was just excited to get to preschool and a play date with a friend that day. The other kids and I spent the day comforting each other, rather than going to school or other responsibilities. We had lunch at a pizza place and went to see a movie. By the time the movie was over, we were feeling a bit better. It got our mind off things for long enough to let us get our emotions under control. Things are definitely better when Ben is here but we have been able to fall into a routine. I definitely feel the strength of the Lord propping me up and comforting me. I wondered in that week leading up to Ben's departure how I was going to be strong for my kids, let alone the sisters in my ward who need me as well. I know now that I won't be strong on my own but that the Lord is aware of my situation and will give me the strength I need to do those things He needs me to do. I am so grateful to be part of the Lord's work and for the blessings that come as I strive to serve Him to the best of my ability. I continue to pray He will keep Ben safe as I look forward to my reunion with my eternal companion in July.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update. It is nice to get an inside look @ Ben's travels. Love the hair. Our thoughts & prayers are with you guys.