Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Christmas Without Him
Chris came home with Christmas gifts for our boys about a week before he left. I must admit...it tore me up inside. The joy on his face was so memorable. (So much that it makes me teary now.) He was happy that he was able to get a few things that I could wrap up, specifically from daddy.
A few days before Chris was to deploy, he went into the garage and found all of our Christmas decor and the tree. He was determined to get it all set up for us so we could get some cheer in the house. It was sort of bittersweet. A part of me wanted to tie him to a chair so he wouldn't leave and the other was greatful that he would do all this for us. He wants us to have a very normal Christmas, and I do finally agree.
The night before Chris left, he and I took the picture above and then we decided to head to the mall in hopes we would find Santa. We wanted a moment the kids could remember where daddy and Santa were both present. Afterwards, we all went out to eat. It was nothing but joyous even knowing what was to come.
Even though my mood has been a little up and down these past couple weeks, I have decided, dinner at my house would be beneficial. We need more cheer and I know Chris would want us to.
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