Jerry came back from NTC late last night! We can mark that off the pre-deployment list lol!
The last 30 days was eventful (for both of us) to say the least. I managed to replace our roof, file and receive our income tax, nurse our son back to health from a bad sprained ankle, celebrate his 13th birthday, pay off our debt, buy a shed for the backyard, diagnose and fix the Check Engine Light on the SUV, and redecorate our bedroom.
I did all of this while also working, being a mom, and running my own business. My biggest accomplishment was not going insane!
It’s funny because usually my husband likes to go to bed pretty early (around 2100), yet last night we stayed up until about 2300 talking and telling each other about the last month. The two weeks we went without talking, we both agreed sucked majorly!
Now that NTC is out of the way, the real pre-deployment list starts. Most people think that the actual deployment itself is the most stressful. For us it’s the pre-deployment part that is stressful. There is so much to do and I don’t think anyone that has never been through this will ever fully understand what it is like to prepare for their spouse to be gone for 9+ months and also for the possibility that he/she may never return.
How does one truly prepare for that? Even though I am what you call a “seasoned” wife, I will never be able to fully prepare for a deployment or for the whole “what if he doesn’t come back” scenario.
What things do you do to help yourself prepare? Leave them in the comments below!