Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Deployment Day

Kerry should be on the plane now. I haven't heard anything to the contrary. He doesn't have his cell phone any more (it's been given to Emily) so if there was a hold up of some sort, I don't know about it.

He had to report in at midnight. We told everyone to take a nap so that they wouldn't be as tired and grouchy since we would be out way past our bedtime.

Katie really took to that idea and slept for three hours.

Emily, who can usually nap every day, was only able to sleep an hour. I tried to nap, but was too keyed up to sleep. Ben flatly refused to try (and yes, he was the grouchiest of us all at 2:00 this morning).

Kerry brushed the girls hair for them since he won't be able to do it for a while.

This was really a job that I pawned off on him because I was busy,
but they all enjoyed it.

As I said, he had to report for formation at midnight. Being the "Type A" personality that he is, we arrived 45 minutes early. No one else was there.


He said, "I was sure other people would be here already."

So, we sat in the car and waited for midnight to roll around. It was raining buckets, so we couldn't get out and walk around.

Midnight finally arrived and he left to go find out what the plan was. The plan turned out to be that they weren't supposed to be there until 1:00 AM.

We went to the shopette and got snacks and then sat in the car some more.

At 1:00, Kerry had to go to formation and then draw weapons. We sat in the car and waited until around 2:00 AM until he got done. Ben and Emily fell asleep, but Katie, being nap-fortified, read a book.
We finally joined Kerry under an overhang. It was chilly and wet.

We took a lot of last photos while we waited.

Finally, we just had to leave.

Katie had the hardest time. She cried all the way home.

When we got to the house, we found our Build-A-Bear animals on our beds. Kerry had hidden them after we made them so we hadn't seen them in a while. He had recorded two voice messages for each bear and had them put inside their paws. When we squeeze their paws we hear Kerry talking to us.

I expected the messages to be sweet, but he outdid himself. He did one sweet message and one funny message for each of us. It was wonderful because we had been crying and there we were all standing in the hallway listening to each others bears and laughing. We really needed that.

The girl's funny messages are the things he won't be able to tell them to do this year, "Hey you! Eat your broccoli! Do your homework! Stop growing!"

My funny message says, "Put some socks on Woman! Your feet are like ice cubes!"

It's almost like having him here........*sigh*


  1. Oh, this post made me cry. Such sweet pictures of him brushing the girls hair. Sorry for all of you.

  2. Kerry always knows just the right thing to say. He did GOOD! I'm proud of him. GG

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you tonight. May God bless you Kerry for the sacrifice you're making for our country. AND, may He also bless you, Amy, for the sacrifice that you are making for our country too. You are a very strong person and you'll be in our thoughts and prayers for the year to come.

  4. I was going to read your post while I blogged on mine but I can't now. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing such an intimate family moment with your online family. Your family will be in our prayers. We love you!

  5. Oh! This is so sad! I don't want to think ahead to June, when we'll be doing the same thing!

    We'll add Kerry to our bedtime prayers (please bless all the military people away from home, especially...), and we'll be praying for you all too.

    And those emails were great!

  6. Amy,
    I'm a grown man and I'm not suppose to get all teary eyed, but I just couldn't help myself. Thank you for sharing this with us all. I think of Kerry (and you) often and pray he is safe and that you and the kids are okay. I used to hate it when my dad was on deployment in the Navy, but the return was always a special day in my memories. Even the one where my Mom told him as soon as he got of the ship that Drew and I needed a whippin'. lol Just a little tip, don't do that to Kerry!

  7. Amy, This is Kimberly and i never thought that Kerry would do that. I miss him already... I pray that he will be okay and that everything will be safe... It figures that Ben would be the grouchiest... "teens what are you going to do?" I miss oyu all... Its nice of him to leave you guys messages... Give everyone a hug for me and tell them Ill see them soon... we can only hope!!! Love you and see you soon... Keep bloggin it...