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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Easter Games

I’ve been busy creating games for the little ones again.  I was actually asked by a member of my group to create something for visual recognition.  I thought Easter would be the perfect time to do this since there’s so many symbols associated with the holiday.  I want to share these new file folder games (ffg) with my readers too!!  So, below you’ll find links to the ffg that I’ve uploaded to my 4Shared account. 

Happy Easter Symbols Sort – This is a ffg for players to sort 3 of each Easter symbol.  The images are a mix of clipart and photos (realistic images) of the symbols.  They will sort chicks, Easter Bunny, baskets, and Easter eggs.

Symbols of Easter Sort –  This is a Christian version of Easter symbols.  This is a ffg for players to sort 4 of each Christian Easter symbol.  The images are a mix of photos (realistic images) and clipart.  They will sort 3 crosses, lambs, Easter lilies and crowns of thorns.

NOTE:  My games and materials are for personal use only.  Please do NOT share my games and materials with anyone.  If you think someone might be interested in them, please send them to my site.  My games and materials may NOT be altered in any manner.  Be sure to get all pages and pieces to any game or other material that you download.

I had so much fun making these.  It’s getting to be a challenge to find FREE clipart, graphics or photos though.  My quest will be ever continuing though!!  The final product is usually worth the search.

 

**The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites, group, or other electronic media.  They also may not be distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008 & 2009. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.**

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Days of Spring

Just yesterday morning, we woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground.  Friday it got incredibly cold with storms that turned to sleet.  Yesterday was just plain cold.  The wind was whipping across the plains and you’d think it was still winter.  The sun came out, but there was a definite chill in the air.

Today was one of the most beautiful spring days you could imagine.  When we went to church, it was cool, but nice.  The sun was shining and it was so bright.  By the time we came out of church, it was glorious.  You didn’t even need a coat.  It’s like the ideal temperature.

Just a day apart and such a contrast.  Is it any wonder that so many people are sick!?!?  So what’s it like where you are??

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Hodge Podge

Today has been a most interesting day.  We woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground.  It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but we sure don’t need this cold weather!!  I had to haul my winter coat back out of the closet.  I thought it was put up for awhile!!

Today’s entry is about a little bit of everything.  Thus the title!! 

I’ve been feeling creative lately, but I haven’t had any good or new ideas for Christian ffg or materials.  I decided that I’d start making more educational games because I know that those are needed almost as much as Christian ones are.  I’ve really had fun with this too!!  Everything new has been uploaded to my 4Shared and the links with brief descriptions are below.

NOTE:  My games and materials are for personal use only.  Please do NOT share my games and materials with anyone.  If you think someone might be interested in them, please send them to my site.  My games and materials may NOT be altered in any manner.  Be sure to get all pages and pieces to any game or other material that you download.

Annie’s Alphabet Match is a clothespin card game where kids match the lower case letter to the upper case letter on the card.  Paperclips or even dry erase markers can be used.  I recommend printing on card stock and laminating with clear contact paper.

Doggy & Kitty Color Match is a clothespin card game where kids match a color circle to the color word printed on the card.  See above for suggestions.

Recycled Blends is an Earth Day themed clothespin card set where kids match the beginning or ending blend sound with the picture on the card.  See above for suggestions.

Babies, Bubbles, Quacks, and Shapes ffg is a file folder game (ffg) where kids match the shape on the bubble babies tub with the shape word on the their rubber ducky.

Baby Bubble Shapes ffg is a file folder game (ffg) where players match a shape to the missing shape space on the game board. 

Little Boy, Little Girl….What Do You See?? mini-book is a mini-book where kids read and paste the object that the school children see in the location that the school children see it.

Let’s Count From 1 to 10 ffg is a file folder game (ffg) where players match the number of pencils and the number word to the number on the student’s desk on the game board.

Our library held their book sale this weekend.  I went when it opened on Friday and bought a few books, but I waited for The Man to get off work and went again with him.  I thought he was going to lose his mind with all those books!!  Paperbacks were 25 cents each, hardbacks were 50 cents each and other “special” books were priced as marked.  I didn’t see anything over $5.00 though.  We walked out with so many books.  On top of that, we went back on Saturday because they were still putting books out Friday evening when we were there.  We bought more books!!  In all, we probably spent $50 for all of us.  Our homeschool was the main beneficiary though!!

That required that we rearrange all the bookcases and we realized that we needed another one.  Oh that turned into such a disaster.  We got one at Wal-Mart because I’d bought 3 there previously and they were really good bookcases.  This one was a piece of trash!!  We were so mad that we went back out to Lowe’s, Home Depot and K-Mart and not a single one of them sold bookcases.  We were stuck with the POS!!  We made the best of it and gave it to Miss K because she’s got the least amount of books and also uses it for small toy storage.  All the Schoolhouse books are in the hall and it looks so awesome.  We have materials for years for any topic needed!!  I’m thrilled!!

The final event was for “Earth Hour”.  It meant so much to kiddo to turn our lights off, so we did.  We turned them off at 8:30 and kept them off the full hour.  She made sure of that!!  The Man and I weren’t thrilled about it, but it meant so much to her.  In the end, we were really glad that we did.  It turned out to be a nice family moment for us.  We just sat and talked and enjoyed absolutely ZERO interruptions!!

So that’s the end of our day.  How was your week??  What did you do Saturday??

 

**The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites, group, or other electronic media.  They also may not be distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008 & 2009. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.**

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Weather

The weather is making the news again!!  There’s flooding up in North Dakota and we’re expecting freezing weather this weekend.  I thought this was spring!?!?

The wind is whipping and it’s just plain cold here.  Earlier today, we had a thunderstorm blow through.  Then later, we had sleet coming down.  Did I mention that it’s cold??  They’re out sanding the roads because they’re calling for 30 tonight and colder tomorrow night.  Now we have all the precipitation on the ground, so they’re taking precautions early.  Even my final certification class scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled!!

Earlier this week, we all headed for cover because we had one heck of storm blow through.  The sky was so dark and eery.  We were watching sky cam and we could see this wall cloud coming right for us.  The local weather kept saying there’s no tornado watch or warning, but they sure thought it looked like it might drop one.  We had a massive power surge, high high winds and pea size hail.  It was crazy!!  They saw flashes on the other side of town and at the time, thought a funnel just might have dropped.

Did I mention that it’s cold??  And yes, we have a chance of snow!!  SHEESH

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In the Crockpot: Chicken Cacciatore

It’s Wednesday and back to religion class after Spring Break.  To put it mildly, Wednesday’s are very busy in our house.  Normally, we eat out either before or after class.  We do it mainly because that’s what time allows.   However, I was ready for change and we all need something more healthy.  Not to mention, it’s cheaper to eat at home than out!!

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I got an awesome crockpot recipe cookbook.  However, I never follow a recipe!!  For me, the book is just about ideas.  Last night while deciding what to make in the crockpot to have today, I found a recipe for Chicken Cacciatore sounded absolutely delicious to me and that was my decision for today’s meal.

The only thing I can tell you is that it was delicious!!  The chicken was so flavorful and tender.  The sauce had just the right amount of flavor.  I’m hungry again just thinking about it!!  The recipe called for serving it with spaghetti, but we decided to use rice instead.  It was the perfect choice!!  Here’s my recipe for Chicken Cacciatore….

4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)      1 can diced tomatoes      2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/4 large onion, diced      1/2 to whole green or red pepper, diced

1 small can mushroom pieces      1/2 can chicken broth    1 teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste      6 – 10 splashes lemon or lime juice

Put chicken in crockpot with all the seasoning, diced onions and peppers.  Add 1/2 can of chicken broth and all of the diced tomatoes with juice.  Drain the mushrooms and add.  Splash in lemon or lime juice.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over cooked pasta or rice.

If you want it with more juice, use all of the chicken broth.  If you want a thicker sauce, mix 2 tablespoons corn starch with 2 tablespoons of water.  Remove chicken pieces and mix in corn starch mixture until it thickens.

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So that’s my recipe for crockpot Chicken Catchatori and I swear it’s just delicious!!  Let me know if you try it and what you think!!

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Darn DSL

No, I haven’t fallen off the Earth.  I was without DSL for 3 days.  I do have some posts typed up and I’ll get them all posted for their appropriate days as soon as possible.  It’ll probably be within the next couple of days because tomorrow is homeschool as usual and my religion class.  That usually keeps me busy!!

I didn’t figure anyone would miss me because I haven’t received comments in ages.  I know somebody is reading because that’s what my stats tell me, but I don’t know who or what.  I noticed Kathy stopped by and left a couple comments and for that I am grateful.  At least I know one that’s reading!!

Anyway, I was without DSL for 3 days.  It was sort of an adventure to get it fixed.  I was told that they’d be out to repair it yesterday, but by the end of the day, nobody had been here yet.  So, I got back on the phone with tech support and they gave me a ticket number this time and assured me that it wasn’t on my end and they’d be out to repair it today.  Sure enough, they were came.  Surprise surprise, it wasn’t on their end….it was on mine.  It seems my DSL modem went out.  I was pissed!!  That modem is no more than a year old.  I had my other one forever and I was sad when it went out.  Then the only place I can get another is from an AT&T store or online.  I couldn’t use the router that I had with it, so I had to get a new one.  Now here we are a year later and low and behold, it’s the darn modem that I HAD to have because it’s AT&T.  The tech informs me that they’ve had a few “issues” with these modems and that’s why they looked at that first.  Go figure!!

I have internet now and I’m ssoooo happy!!  Oh, I left one thing out.  I think it was the hand of God watching over me last night because we had a horrible storm come through.  Nothing new for spring in Oklahoma.  The odd thing was, we had a huge jolt….or power surge….last night.  You could feel the electricity in the house when it hit.  Oddly enough, my DSL came back on when that happened.  I quickly paid a couple bills and sent off a couple e-mails and it was gone again.  I feel like it was the hand of God because, well, he is in charge of the weather and WHATEVER that surge was that caused my DSL to come on for an hour.  I was able to pay a couple VERY important bills due to that!!  Thank you GOD!!

Alright, so I’m off for tonight.  Next time you stop by, drop me a line so that I know you’ve been here!!  Out….

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Affiliates

As some of you may have noticed, I have a new addition to my sidebar.  There’s a new title called “Making a Few $$”.  These are a couple sites that I’m an affiliate of.  That means, if you click that button and buy something, I get a very small percentage of your purchase price.  I’m never going to get rich doing this by any means, but it’s going to help me in many ways. 

As most of you know, I love to create file folder games (ffg).  These games require clipart, images, graphics or illustrations.  It’s so hard finding clipart on the internet.  Sure, the internet is full of it, but to find out about copyrights is crazy.  Not to mention that all good clipart costs!!  So by being an affiliate of these companies, I get just a tad bit of money that I can use to buy the clipart that I need for the ffg. 

If you’re ever in need of clipart, I recommend these sites.  They have a large selection and their terms of use are reasonable.  There’s also a couple great graphics sites listed in my “Clickable” section too.  And, if you’re in need of these graphics and don’t mind helping me out a bit, you can click on their button right here on my blog.  We’ll both benefit that way!!  You get great graphics and….well, so do I!!

Oh, and just so you know, they’re not all clipart.  I’m also an affiliate for 4Shared, VistaPrint and CurrClick.  If you need some storage space because your hard drive is too full or you just need to back all your files up, you can get all that at 4SharedVistaPrint sells address labels, cards, stamps and more, so check them out if you’re in the need of any of that.  Finally, CurrClick sells educational materials at a great price.  They have everything you can imagine from lapbooks and notebooking materials to workbook in both Christian and non-Christian.

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In the Crockpot: Pulled Pork

Today we had a field trip to a dairy farm, so the last thing I wanted to do was to be worried about what was for dinner. I asked the man to get my crock pot down and a pork roast out of the freezer before he left for work.

I wanted to make pulled pork for dinner. It just sounds so good. My blogging buddy Kathy, posted a recipe awhile back and then I got a new crockpot cookbook with a recipe in it. I never follow recipes, but I use them for background. I came up with my own formulation and this is how it turned out….

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I can only say it was delicious!! And that’s putting it mildly. I decided that since I’m going t be using my crockpot a little bit more often, that I’d share my recipes with you. Below, you’ll find the recipes for this entire meal!! I hope you enjoy and let me know if you try any of it out!!

Pulled Pork in the Crockpot

pork roast, approx, 3 lbs.      3/4 bottle of honey or smoked bbq sauce      squirt of mustard

2 Tablespoons brown sugar      10-12 splashes of worsteshire sauce      pinch of red pepper seeds

salt and pepper to taste      1/2 large onion, diced

Put pork roast in the crockpot.  Add all ingredients on and around the pork roast.  Set on “low” to cook 6-8 hours or “high” to cook 4 hours.  With an hour remaining prior to serving, pull pork roast apart and mix with all juices in the crockpot.  Let cook for remaining hour on “low”.  Serve on large buns, with or without sesame seeds.

Quick Baked Beans

1 large can pork & beans      1/4 large onion, diced      2 Tablespoons brown sugar   

1/4 bottle honey or smoked bbq sauce      salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in a large pan over low heat.  Simmer with lid on for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Let finish cooking, approximately 10 minutes with lid off over medium heat.  Serve.

Cole Slaw

1 packed pre-shredded cabbage or slaw mix      squirt of mustard

salt and pepper to taste      1 cup of mayo or salad dressing

Mix all ingredients together.  Mixture should be creamy, but not “wet”.  Serve immediately, although tastes best if you let sit in the refrigerator over night.

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Gone Too Soon

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Last night my mom called to tell me that Natasha Richardson had died.  I was shocked, to say the least.  The last I’d heard, she was in critical condition, but doing alright after arriving in New York.  She comes from a family of actors.  She comes from the Redgrave family with her mom being Vanessa Redgrave and her aunt is Lynn Redgrave.  She not only comes from acting royalty, but has been married to Liam Neeson since 1994 and they have 2 sons. 

I can’t imagine how bad her injuries were.  Natasha walked away with only a few scratches, only to die soon after.  The helmet issue has resurfaced since this incident.  It was a big topic when Sonny Bono died years ago of an injury on the slopes.  I’m not quite sure where I stand with this issue.  I’m not a skiier, but I can’t imagine wearing a helmet while skiing either. 

I just know that the acting world lost a very stellar actress with the death of Natasha Richardson.  I never saw a picture where she wasn’t smiling.  She was classy and she didn’t make news in the tabloids.  It was clear to see, at least in pictures, that her and Liam Neeson were in love and happy.  She may not have been seen on the screen alot, but she does have a valued career between the big screen and the stage.

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She’s in God’s care now.  I wish all the best to her family and friends as they go through this tragedy together.  Peace Natasha!!

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Marriage and an Irish Blessing

I’ve seen this meme/questionaire floating around the blogoshere lately. I decided that since today is our anniversary, I might as well put my own take on it!! I hope you enjoy sharing our special day with us.

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When was your wedding day?  17 March 1989

What day of the week was it?  Friday

Did you get married in a church?  Nope, we got married by a JP in a courthouse!!

How many in your wedding party?  1….a Best Man

Where was your reception?  Some seafood restaurant in Aberdeen, MD.

How many guests were invited to your wedding?  We didn’t invite many because it was out-of-town, even for us.  My parents were there, along with his mom and 5 guys that were in AIT with The Man.  His dad chose not to be there.

How long did you wait to tie the knot after your proposal?  I think it was a matter of months after the proposal, but 3 years after we started dating.

Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer?  Anyone who was there with a camera!!

Did you have a DJ or a band?  Just the jukebox or radio that was playing in the background.

Did your father walk you down the aisle?  HAHA  I wanted him to, but he opened the door and said “get in there” and I walked in laughing.

What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests/ties?  I had blue in my bouquet and his boutonniere.  My mom and his mom also wore blue.  However, all the military guys were in Army green….Class A’s!!

Who was your Maid Of Honor/Best Man?  There was no Maid of Honor, but the Best Man was James Dawson.

Did you have a bridal shower?  Nope!!

What type of limo did you get?  HAHA  My rental car and my parent’s car!!

Where did you go for your bachelorette/bachelor party?  Three of the guys took us out to see sights in Baltimore. 

What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear?  I had a beautiful gown that was perfect for me and it short sleeves and a shear lace neck/bodice.  The Man was in Army green!!

How was the weather?  It was a glorious, sunny and beautiful spring day!!  You couldn’t ask for anything more perfect.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?  We were supposed to drive to Delaware, but after dropping the guys off and having a couple drinks, we ended up staying at the Holiday Inn in Aberdeen!!  HAHA

What was your favorite part of your wedding?  The whole thing!!  The people I cared the most about were there and it was a beautiful day.  I had finally married the man I loved and we were about to start an amazing journey and find out just what “Army life” really was.

How long have you been married?  20 years TODAY!!

What would you change about the day?  I don’t think I’d change anything about it.  Sure I was prepared for a church wedding and the Army saw to it that didn’t happen, but I had a great day full of wonderful memories.  If I had to change anything, it’d probably be that his dad wouldn’t have  basically boycotted the wedding.  His mom made it clear they didn’t want him to marry me and we know that’s why he wasn’t there, but that’s ok, because here we are 20 years later and even more in love than we were then!!

What advice have you gotten and would you give to newlyweds?  There’s no problem that can’t be talked through.  Stick it out and don’t give up.  Divorce is just the easy way out and there’s nothing about life that’s easy.  Love each other, respect each other and above all, be honest with each other.

We didn’t get married intentionally on St. Patrick’s Day.  It just sort of happened that way.  I had the dress, the invites were ordered and I had the flowers picked out.  It was never going to be a big wedding, but then the Army stepped in.  They told Lean Green that he wasn’t coming home after school, but going straight to Germany instead.  That would have been a 2 year tour, so he called and asked if I wanted to get married sooner.  He had already officially proposed, so I was all for it.  He got permission from his instructor and I waited until I had vacation time, flew up to Maryland on a Monday and got the marriage license.  We waited our allotted amount of time and were married on Friday.  My parents weren’t about to miss it and brought his mom with them.  His buddies in AIT rounded out the party and we had a blast!!  I have the most amazing memories and so many pictures or our day.  I think I was more nervous than him, but I knew he was the only one.  We’d been together since our senior year and it was going to stay that way!!  It all ended by a couple guys that couldn’t be at the ceremony having a $1 dance with me in the parking lot to the radio in the car and his instructor laughing at us.  He said “ya’ll are so young, but he’s all yours now!!” and he has been ever since!!

So, that’s our story.  Do you have a story??  If so, use the meme above to share it and let me know so that I can read it.  I’m going to end with one of my favorite Irish Blessings.  There’s so many of them, but I think this is my favorite….

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Luck O’ the Irish….

and a….

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to you and yours!!

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Army Life: Reflections of a Career, Part 2

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First off today, I’m going to start by answering some questions (from Debbie) that were asked on my original post on this topic.

1.  Did you chronicle things from everyday life so that you could share it with hubby in a letter or when he was home?  I never really chronicled things.  I learned early on that I had to have the same routine whether he was home or not.  That meant that if he was gone, he should pretty much know what I was doing at any time.  Certain events rated special letters or discussion during a phone call. 

2.  Are there things you’ve forgotten to tell him about?  Yes!!  HAHA  When you get a chance to talk to each other, there’s often more important things to talk about.  You take notes to remind yourself, then they just seem not to matter any more.  However, once we had Miss K, many things did become important as opposed to when it was just me.  I remember one  time I told him something that had happened like 2 years prior!!  HAHA 

3.  Are there things you’ve told him recently that he never knew about?  (No need to be specific.)  Oh, I think we’ve had a couple discussions about things that have happened while he was gone.  We’ve always been really open and honest with each other.  Good….or bad, we talked about it and that’s part of how we “succeeded”.  I know that I would hold some of the bad back, just so he wouldn’t worry and he’d find out later and he just kinda gives me this look and I smile. 

4.  (Here’s an easier way to word my garble above…) How did you communicate with each other when he was gone?  Communication while they’re gone is always interesting.  You don’t know from one TDY to the next deployment what things will be like.  He’s gotten on a plane and I didn’t hear from him for weeks.  I’m not much of a letter writer and neither is he.  Mail also isn’t dependable, depending on where they are.  The Man went to Korea twice and the phone bills almost were the end of us.  The first time was a bad phase of our marriage and the second time, Miss K was a little thing.  Deployments are the worse though.  I’m not trying to disrespect anyone, but I hear all these wives now complaining that they didn’t get their “daily phone call”.  PLEASE!!  There was a time we were lucky to have a monthly and really lucky if we had a weekly call.  He wasn’t even Special Forces and sometimes I wasn’t sure where he was or what conditions were.  I’m sure that doesn’t really answer the question, but I’m trying!! 

Since I’m on the flow of communication, I think I’ll stay there.  I don’t know if I’ve shared this story or not, so bear with me.  On his last deployment to Iraq, Miss K was bit (attacked) on the face by a dog.  The person’s dog who bit her belonged to one of his solder’s and his wife.  This woman didn’t want me to report it because she was afraid they’d take the dog away.  (DUH!!)  She’s begging me at the hospital not to tell them and I look at her, about ready to slap her, and simply say “it’s either the dog or my baby gets giant needles in the belly or whatever those horrible rabies shots are”.  Her mouth dropped open and she said “oh yeah”.  To make a long story short, she ended up telling her husband before I told mine.  Her hubby worked with/for mine, so he decided to tell Lean Green “to break it to him”.  AH, wrong!!  This sent him into a panic and he gets into a truck and drives to the next base to call me.  I assure him that she’s fine and will heal nicely.  When he would call to check on her, I didn’t tell him that I was awake for almost 4 days strait because the medicine they gave her caused her to have nightmares about the whole incident.  No way to sleep during the day, I had Miss K to take care of.  All that kind of information waited until he got home so that he wasn’t worried about us.  He needed to focus on his job and the situation there.  Just worrying about us could be life or death for him. 

When you’re deployed especially, you hear news from everyone else and the rear detachment.  It’s usually a story.  Many times it’s a lie.  It’s almost always exaggerated!!  If you don’t love each other and most importantly, respect and trust each other, there’s just no way you’re going to make it.  Actually, it’s often best just to not even discuss the things that you hear.  If you stay centralized on each other and your life, whatever else is being said doesn’t matter.  Sometimes what you hear is good though.  Lean Green doesn’t like to talk about himself.  He doesn’t feel like he has to talk about what he does.  But on his last deployment, the other wives told me that their hubby’s were bragging him up and down.  Now to talk to my man, none of that happened.  To them, he was doing his own job and basically the job of his “boss”.  When it came time for awards, they all said that my hubby didn’t get any higher award because his “boss” got the same thing and it wouldn’t look good if someone lower in rank did a better job. 

Ah the politics!!  I don’t miss it!!  You get to a certain rank and you can’t associate one on one with lower ranks.  If you have a party, you have to invite everyone, not just a certain person.  The officers that think they rule the roost.  The wives with the noses that wipe each others butts!!  OOPS!!  Off on a tangent there.

Anyway, communication is so important.  Neither of us are letter writers, but we always said enough at the right times that we knew it was all good.  Journals are a good thing, but I haven’t had a diary since I was a teen.  Each couple/family has to do what works for them.  I did like to send cards.  They often said what I wanted to.  Lots of photos.  When we had Miss K, I’d send her art work.  He’d get presents for special days and holidays.  Boxes of goodies are amazing for the spirits when you’re separated.  Sometimes, he’d just go to a school and be gone a couple months, but even that’s hard.  He’d really have to focus to pass the class, so we couldn’t have late night conversations.  We also couldn’t afford all the long distance calls.  We always just made the best of what we had.

I can only reiterate that so much of the communication and making seperations, no matter how long or short, is trust.  If you can’t trust each other, you don’t havemuch.  Give each other the love and respect that each deserves.  Goodness knows that we did so much wrong, but we also did so much right.  Without communication, the good or bad can’t flow to keep the marriage going. 

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