When He’s Gone

When He's Gone

Sam left at 2:30 this morning, waking me up with a kiss and a hug. He’s off to the field for 5-6 weeks, and one weekend he’ll be able to come home.

It’s not so much the timespan anymore of him being gone. 6 weeks is long but it’s not 18 months. He’s not in harm’s way. We’ll actually get to talk this time, unlike the last two trips when he’s had no internet/cell service at all.

What I miss the most is his presence. Right now, I kind of cling to anything that makes me happy. Which is probably why I can’t lose weight but that’s another story… I love having our evenings together, to set the table before he comes home and have dinner ready. I look forward to our weekends with each other. He’s such a good daddy, it makes our life so lovely to know he wants to be with us as much as we do him.

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Themed Lunches for Kids at Home with Fruit Shoot

As a homeschooling family, Bella and I don’t have the chance to pack a lunch too often. Maybe for the zoo or museum, but often those are just grab and go in the rush of the morning. I remember school lunches fondly when I was little – napkin notes, special sandwiches – so once in a while it’s fun to recreate that at home for her.

Since she is completely obsessed with all things dinosaur, I thought I’d make her a dino lunch with a new berry Fruit Shoot:

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It was a hit.

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These are fun moments we get to have, sometimes in the middle of long days. I want her to look back on our days together fondly, and some of my best childhood memories are small, short little moments that someone went out of their way to create for me.

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I don’t do this every day, but it didn’t take too long. The baby dinos played on cheese, the sandwiches were cut with her dino shapes, the egg is hardboiled and on a bed of green onions (which no, she in no way wanted to eat). Triceratops took a look into yogurt that looked like mud with cinnamon and wheat germ.

Fruit Shoot was a treat for her. Fruit Shoot also features an innovative no-spill cap (no more juice stains in the car!) making it easy for kids to be independent and on the go. These vibrant fun colored bottles come in tasty flavors of Orange, Apple, Berry Burst, and Strawberry/Raspberry.

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The cookie is a peanut butter/banana/oat recie from SkinnyTaste. We turned them into little volcanoes.

If you have a bit of extra time one day, (distract the kids with the new free Angry Birds game that comes on each Fruit Shoot) make a meal a little different once in a while. It’s so fun to watch their faces as they see something besides the same old boring lunch (guilty here of that).

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Find more ideas for lunches at home and on the go on Fruit Shoot’s Facebook page, and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Kennedy Space Center!

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With purchase of Fruitshoot, there is the option for a free download of an Angry Birds game, perfect for parents to play with their kids. Download the Angry Birds game and enter the code on the back of your Fruitshoot bottle to play!

Fruit Shoot sponsored this post, but the ideas and opinions are my own. 

Upcoming

This next month promises to be one that’s interesting.

Sam will leave tomorrow for 5 weeks, coming home once for a weekend. It’s part of training that most soldiers have to do each year, he’s missed the majority of them because each time it happens we’ve been in the middle of a crisis. I miss him terribly but after a couple of days Bella and I settle into our own routine. We keep busy that days go quickly.

I have some fun stuff coming up on the blog. I try to be careful how much I “promote” vs write on here, but days go by without me wanting to write a word. So I don’t. I try not to force myself into writing just because I should or I don’t want to do back to back giveaways.

Babble’s internal site has been down for 2 weeks so it’s been an unexpected break –  but also left me with writer’s block. I find that the more I write, the easier it is to. The less I do, the more stuck I seem to become.

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Embracing Anger: My Influence Class Giveaway

Embracing Anger

Thursday evening  April 17th from 9 – 10pm EST I’ll be speaking online for Influence about anger and our faith.

I chose this topic because it’s so near to my heart. I don’t have all the answers, I’ve made some pretty huge mistakes in anger the past two years, and I still struggle with it daily. But what I’ve learned through alcoholism, marriage, military, and loss is that anger is part of life. It’s part of who we are – our human nature.

We can pretend our way through life as one big happy road, or we can be realistic and learn to embrace times when anger is the forefront of our emotions – even drawing us nearer to Christ.

Yes, there are times anger isn’t righteous. But there are times it is. And I think as Christians, we tend to get our feathers ruffled over any type of visible anger in someone. This isn’t biblical and it certainly isn’t helpful. I can’t understand why we are told to suppress this powerful emotion so often instead of  learning how to deal with it in a honest way.

So I’m going to talk on what I’ve learned from 2 years of therapy, the boys, and my own experiences in all of this. I hope you’ll join me, if you can’t make it you can still sign up and have the recording emailed to you after.

I’m giving away one slot to the class to one of you. Simply leave a comment below to enter. 

Winner will be chosen tomorrow morning and emailed the link to join us.

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Embracing Anger as Part of our Faith 

 

The Price of Love

It’s 11:30am here. We’re all on the couch, Jynx curled up on Bella’s lap as she plays with her animals. Sam is playing SkyRim. On Saturdays I usually get up before him to tidy up the house, so now it’s rather clean and I’m pleased.

We had a very, very hard therapy session yesterday. Sam goes with me each Friday and we have art therapy together. At first I thought it was going to be pretty dumb – would I be drawing pictures of sad faces and having them interpret colors? But the more we get into this, the more challenging it is. It’s not about the process so much as it makes us use an entirely different part of our brain. I usually end up crying about things that I thought I was pretty much over, or remembering parts of the past two years I haven’t thought of in forever.

It’s not magic or anything. In fact it’s pretty incredible how our brains are designed. I’m even more awed by our perfect creation through this.

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