So Much Can Change in a Week…

It doesn’t seem like a week since my kids left to go back to school.  So much has happened in our lives in just this short amount of time.  Monday was normal for all of us.  I had work and the kids had school nothing different there.

Then along comes Tuesday.  I had to attend an offsite training for my work.  I have never done this before and it was a nice change to break up my work week. I talked to my daughter at lunch she had an all day cooking lab and was doing well. Mid-afternoon my cell phone rang.  It was my daughter and she knew I was in training so it must be very important. I went in the hall to take the call.  My daughter had just found out that her husband was no longer being deployed to Africa in June.   She was crying so much I almost didn’t understand the news. I asked her why she was crying and she said she is still in shock and is scared of what their lives will hold next.  They were counting on the money that my son-in-law would make while deployed to help them start a new life together when he returned. I told her not to worry that we will figure something out and to just be happy that he will be with her.

Wednesday and Thursday were very busy days for all of us.  My daughter is now very happy that her husband will be there for her graduation and their one year wedding anniversary. She had her senior luncheon at school and she was given an award for most outstanding student in the Restaurant Management program.  I am very proud of her, she has come a long way. They also got my son-in-law signed up for classes next year so he can get his degree in December.  Now all we have to do is find them an apartment at school that accepts dogs.  My daughter is also checking into possible employment for the fall semester.

I had a checkup at the doctor on Thursday night.  During the checkup, I was told I would need to see a foot specialist for a lump on the bottom of my foot.  I have a foot doctor that I love that has done surgery on me before.  I had an appointment with him today and he told me I will have to have the lump surgically removed. I have scheduled the surgery and now I have to go into work Monday and tell them that I am having surgery and will be out of work for at least a week. They are really going to love me.  At least I will be able to work from home.

This week held many changes for my family. Some good..some not so good.  We have to accept whatever happens and learn to deal with it.  Who knows maybe next week will make this week seem like a piece of cake.  Stay tuned….

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One Comes Home….And Another Leaves

May is going to be a bittersweet month for me.  I have two children a daughter and a son-in-law.  One will be coming home and one will be leaving.

My daughter is in her third and final year of college.  She will be graduating on April 27th with dual Associate degrees. She will have one degree in Culinary Arts and another in Restaurant Management.  She has plans to become a pastry chef.  After her graduation and finals she will be moving back home.  She will be looking for a job and moving back in with me.  My daughter was married last June but has continued to live with me when not at college. She knew when she got married that her husband was going to be deployed in a year.  My daughter and her husband decided it would be best if she were to live with me while he is gone.  They have a dog, which I gave them for a wedding present, that will be very excited when she comes home to stay.

My son-in-law is being deployed to Africa for 9 months June 1st. One day before their one year wedding anniversary.  We have known about his deployment for over a year, but it will not make his leaving any easier.  Currently he is attending college alongside his wife.  He has to leave college to get ready for deployment one day before my daughter is to graduate.  This is causing much heartbreak for all of us. We know his military obligations must come first, but the fact that he has to miss his wife’s graduation and their first anniversary both by one day is a tough pill to swallow.

My daughter and I have been through many difficult times in the past and came out fine.  This will be just another test of our strength and faith in God.  I will be there for my daughter everyday to help her get through the lonely times without her husband.  We have learned to appreciate what we have and to take nothing for granted.  Each day is a gift not a given and has to be treated as such.  No one knows what will happen in the future, but we have to enjoy what we have now for it might soon be taken away.

The joy of my daughter coming home will be somewhat overshadowed by the sadness of my son-in-law’s leaving.  They say where God closes a door he opens a window.  I pray this will hold true.