God be with ye!
After two weeks of vacation, today we sent off my stepson to Hawaii, back to his station, before his deployment to Afghanistan. It’s a scary feeling for all of us and our strength relies on our faith to God, that He’ll take care of him while he’s away on that unknown country, which we could only picture as a war-torn one basing on the news that we constantly hear. It pains my heart to see him go and know that inside that big man is a scared boy, fearing what life would be like on his first deployment as a US serviceman. Of course, the rest of him is a man, a soldier, full of ideals, dedicated to fight for his country. It also tears me apart just thinking what my husband must be feeling now, as his dad, to let go of him and think of the next 6 to 7 months that he’ll be away. Starting today each end of the month will be counted and looked forward to. “Goodbye” at this time is the most difficult thing to say. “Good luck” sounds even strange. So, as we hugged goodbye the best I could say is “God be with you!” And with faith and hope in our hearts, we’re looking forward to his next visit home. -SLA
October 22, 2011 Saturday