Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Extras

I had an entirely different post all typed up and ready to publish, and then I chickened out.  It was an extremely personal posting, and I just didn’t feel up to posting it right now, maybe another time.  However, I will say that just typing it out, made me feel better.  So…moving on...let me tell you about “The Extras.”

I went grocery shopping after church today with the girls.  My list on my phone in hand, we went through the aisles picking up the items, and then some.   I had extra items on my list to add to Trent’s care package for the week.  I knew I threw in a few extras on my own into the cart too, but didn’t realize how much until I was putting them on the conveyer belt at the checkout. 

I have been eating healthier since Trent left, as I have a goal for myself that I intend to meet before his return.  You can call it a diet, or a lifestyle change, or whatever you want to call it.  I’ve been doing really well, but, when I have a rough day or week, I am one to find comfort in food.  I just allow myself to have those days, and I’m okay with that.

I knew that I had a rough last half of the week, but I thought that I was over it.  Judging by “The Extras” I brought home today from the store, I am now fairly certain that I’m not back to normal yet.  Here were my extras (don’t judge!)
  • Nestle Toll-house Cookie Dough
  • Fig Newtons
  • Bakery Cinnamon Rolls

At least the list only has three items, but they’re big items.  All sweets this time, which I find interesting.  I wonder if that means something in particular??  There’s nothing salty in that mix at all.  Normally my comfort foods are chili cheese dogs and onion rings, or as my college roommate would tell you, cheesecake is also a past favorite of mine (at 1:00 in the morning.)

So, when you throw “The Extras” in your grocery cart what would it normally be, and what does it say about you?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Something Fun

This isn't really related to anything other than I just wanted to share.  One of my assignments this week for one of my grad classes was to create a Comic Strip to introduce myself.  We were to use this program called Comic Life.  It was so much fun!  If you are a teacher, or you just like to create neat things like this, you should check it out.  Here is my Comic Strip that I made.  So cool!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I Know Something You Don’t Know

This taunt is something that I have truly struggled with this deployment.  Trent and I have a marriage in which we tell each other everything.  There are no secrets between us, and we literally come home from work and give run downs of our days.  He knows the ends and outs of my days at school, and I know most of the things he does at his work (He works with confidential information in his civilian job, so there are things I can’t know.  But, most of that stuff is probably pretty boring so it doesn’t bother me. Sorry, babe.)

I am an information girl.  The more information I have about anything, I feel better and can put things into perspective and prepare for a realm of possibilities.  I feel like I know absolutely nothing this time around.  It wasn’t like this when Trent was in Iraq, but this deployment, the lack of information I can have is so minimal the only word I can think of to describe it is brutal. 

I know all of the Army Wives rules that you should try to steer clear of civilian news of the area your soldier is in, and I so completely did that the last deployment, no problem at all.  This deployment, however, I find myself caught between a rock and a hard place.   When Trent and I talk on the phone, I know him so well that it doesn’t take much to know something is off.  And then I can’t stop them, the questions come falling out of my mouth, and I know he can’t answer them, but I absolutely cannot stop them.  Ahhhhhh!!!  I just want to know something …. anything! 

Insert my new problem here. 

He can’t tell me a thing   +   I just want an inkling of what is going on in his world   =   The world of Google alerts

Please don’t gasp too loudly fellow military folks.  I know this is generally not an approach recommended for those back on the home front, but as for now, I’m going to make it work for me.  The new information in my head now, about Trent’s world, I have to take in very carefully.  I am not so na├»ve to think that the information that Google is giving me, on my now daily updates, is completely accurate.  Nor do I believe that every little thing that happens in that area affects my soldier’s daily life.  I do feel more a part of his days now, though.  I don’t know any details of his actual hours of the day, but I have more of an understanding of what it’s like for him and his fellow soldiers.

On another note, I will tell you that I am truly saddened by the life that is lead by the people of Afghanistan.  My heart is heavy at the world these children are raised in and the darkness in which they live.  Not that I didn’t know this already, but my how the world needs more Jesus.  Do you ever wonder what He thinks when He looks down at us?  I can’t help but ponder this lately.  How His heart must break at what He sees in this world! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ta-ta to Two Weeks of Bliss

Christmas Break was very welcomed in my house.  I truly enjoyed every second of it.  I’m not going to lie, I am very disappointed to see it go tomorrow.  But, in return, I’m also looking forward to routine again in our life.  Over the past two weeks, I have marked off every item off of my to-do list!  I’ve also read 2 books, spent some great quality time with the girls, and had some time to myself. 

My biggest accomplishment was going to a movie all by myself and eating in a restaurant by myself.  This was a huge step for me.  One of my biggest fears is to be “alone.” These are two things that can make you feel very alone, in my opinion.  I went and saw Les Miserables all by my lonesome last week.  It was an amazing movie, and I enjoyed it so much that it didn’t even seem as though I was alone.  There were a few others in the theatre, all with someone else, but it was ok.  I did it, and I was darn proud of myself!  This week, I tackled the next one.  I went to Panera, alone, to actually sit and eat in the restaurant.  (I will tell you that this one was easier than the movie, because I brought my kindle with me and read.)  Regardless, these were both two things that took great courage for me, but I took them down, one at a time!  Sorry, if this sounds silly to some of you, but it was colossal for me! 

The girls and I are doing very well.  Joanna is learning how to tie her shoes and is catching on rather quickly.  Abigail is still scheming away, being as ornery as ever.  Gotta love that spirit!  The girls went back to their school on Wednesday, they go to a Christian daycare/preschool.  Their teachers were teaching them more about prayers and they made a prayer bulletin board.  Each child drew a picture of their prayer and then told their teacher what their prayer was and the teachers wrote it on their index card.  Here are Joanna and Abigail’s prayers.  Such kind hearts in those little girls.  :)

Trent is doing well.  For those of you not on Facebook, you will be new to this news.  Trent was promoted on January 1st.  He is no longer Staff Sergeant Rhea, but instead is now Sergeant First Class Rhea!  For family and friends that I gave personalized yellow ribbons to, I will be getting you new ones with his new rank soon.  Also, for those sending care packages his way, the address is still the same, of course, but you need to change his rank to SFC, instead of SSG. 

Here are a few pictures of his promotion ceremony in Afghanistan. 

I am so proud of his accomplishment.  He is an amazing leader.  One who leads by example, is respectful of others and their thoughts, who is genuinely concerned about his soldiers, and strives to be better daily.  Pretty proud of that man of mine!