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Sent Scott off to the Middle East this morning! :(

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: Sent Scott off to the Middle East this morning! :(
By Mrsheidi on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 10:29 pm:

We were so happy to have Scott come here for 4 days! He got to see Connor is Montessori school and they played A LOT! We did practically nothing, which was great. Family time was incredible. But both boys got a serious 24 hour bug so traveling to NC on the following Monday wasn't exactly the most fun. Thank God everyone was healthy in a few days though.

We had an AWESOME week with Scott in North Carolina... Scott and Connor had fun playing at a local park, getting ice cream, playing peek-a-boo and chase, swimming, and fun with the grandparents as well. Scott and I even had a 3 hour date (gasp!) and had long chats over some good margaritas Sunday afternoon/evening while his mom watched Connor.

This morning was our ending goodbye at Scott's barracks. We got a GREAT video of Connor and Scott right before we left. No one can throw that toddler in the air like dadda!! Then.... Lots of hugs, tears, and small jokes to ease the pain. It's going to be difficult on all of us, but our families and friends are what holds us together. It's TRULY a statement that we make with flooding gratitude. This goes for you ladies too!!! :)

We finally made it back to Maryland safely...after 8.5 hours of travel time and D.C. traffic (why does ANYONE live or work there?) and a little scenic route looking for gas. Connor was VERY good in the car, happy with his DVD of teletubbies for the umpteenth time.

Scott did call from Maine at around 8:45pm. They were refeuling and were getting ready to go to Shannon, Ireland. I hope they get a few good beers in before they refuel there. Then, it's Turkmenistan for 2 weeks of more training and then I think Bagram air base...then, Qalat. (Did you know that the nearest hotel is in Pakistan, over 484 miles away? LOL) Think Mud huts and sewage running down by the roads. Why don't they put a Hilton nearby? LOL

Here is a map of Afganistan and you can zoom in to see where his city is. He's close to Kandahar. (148 miles away)
Map

You can also see the local weather there. (Not sure of the accuracy...if anyone can find a better site, let me know. It's 9:45pm and I need some food and zzzzzz....)

Thanks for your support everyone...it's been, and will be, a long road.
Love and God Bless our troops,
Heidi
PS- He will get a 2 week R&R after 6 months, so we are hoping for October to come very soon. :-)

By Sandysmom on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 10:41 pm:

Heidi, I can't imagine being in your position. It sounds like you have a good support system. I really don't know what to say, but if you ever want to vent, were here. God Bless you all.
(((((Heidi & family)))))

By Melanie on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 10:53 pm:

Huge (((Hugs)))). Glad you had such good quality time with him before he left. I will pray for a safe return. ((HUG))

By Annie2 on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:11 pm:

Glad you had a nice visit with DH before he left :)

We're here for you. (((HUGS)))

By Andi on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:21 pm:

I will keep you all in my prayers, I know Scott will make it home safe and sound! (((Heidi)))

By Ginny~moderator on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 06:47 am:

I will be praying for all of you.

By Trina~moderator on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 07:36 am:

(((((Heidi and Connor)))))

Many hugs and prayers.

By Brandy on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 07:38 am:

Thank him for doing this for our country and i just want to say A BIG THANK YOU TOO YOU TOO BECAUSE BEING THE WIFE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER IS JUST AS HARD OR HARDER...i had to get that out there because although my husband wasn't in danger it was hard to do without him at home..for two years for him being an enabler
= ( i can't wait until october for you...Thank you again....Brandy

By Bea on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 07:40 am:

As part of the Sisterhood, please know that you are in the heart, mind and prayers of every military spouse the world over. We all understand. Hang in there. Your part is so important to your country. God bless you.

By Karen~moderator on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 07:42 am:

Many {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Heidi! So glad to hear of your wonderful time together. Hang in there, we are here for you.

By Brandy on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 07:50 am:

I just wanted to post these for you i hope that's okay everyone and i hope he's in the army too lol or this will look silly but anyways = )

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By Vicki on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 08:26 am:

I am glad that you had such a wonderful time before he left and that you have such a wonderful support system. Don't be afraid to call on them!! ((HUGS))

By Tripletmom on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 08:42 am:

I'm glad you had some really great family time.You are a soldier yourself.((((HUGS))))

By Bobbie~moderatr on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:11 am:

(((((Heidi & family))))) In my thoughts..

By Tink on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 12:00 pm:

I've had your family in my thoughts and prayers. You'll stay there until he comes home again. {{{Heidi and family}}}

By Nicki on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 12:11 pm:

Ditto Tink! SO glad you had time together before he left again.
Hugs to you and Connor.
Love, Nicki

By Sunny on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 01:22 pm:

(((hugs)))

By Jtsmom on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 01:42 pm:

Hugs to you!! I am so glad that you guys got to have some real fun before he left. Maybe time will zoom by for you, looking back, it has for me.

By Tunnia on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 02:29 pm:

I am really glad you had some nice quality time as a family and couple before your dh left. You will all be in my prayers.

By Debbie on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 03:33 pm:

I am so glad you were able to have some enjoyable family time before he left. I will definitley keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

By Conni on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 09:28 pm:

Brandy, you crack me up!!

Heidi, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as well!! I have no words of wisdom or btdt advice to offer. If you ever need an ear email me anytime!!

By Reds9298 on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 09:30 pm:

You don't know how much your family has been on my mind. We will be thinking of you and praying for a safe return!

By Heaventree on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 09:52 pm:

Heidi, Welcome back to Moms View, I've been missing you!

I'm glad you and Connor had a good trip and happy times with Scott. I'm sure you've got your webcams all set up and ready to go.

We here for you Girl. Hope to see some photos of your trip.

By Mrsheidi on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 10:11 pm:

THANKS SO MUCH!!!
It's been hard today...I'm used to at least talking with him on the cell phone and I run like crazy to get to the phone now! Connor yelled "dadda?" and tried to find him again. :( But, we got some good videos to look at tonight.

Thanks so much you guys... it's so hard not knowing...just plain not knowing how he's doing. It stinks to the nth degree!! :(

By Amyl on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 07:55 am:

Hi there,

I just wanted to let you know that I am with you, although my DH is not over there right now, there is a chance that he could go. We as military spouses must stick together and be shoulders to lean on for each other. I cried reading your post, as I know the feelings you are going through, the torment of those last few moments together seem horrible, as you don't want to say goodbye and you are trying to be strong since you know you must say goodbye. I will keep your family in my prayers, and know that you can always count on us military wives and the family that you have created here for support.

By Dawnk777 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 05:32 pm:

Good luck to all of you, Heidi. I know it's not easy.

I have a co-worker, who's DH is in Kuwait. He was just home in March for his 2-week R&R. He is supposed to come home in August.


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