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Memorial Day 2010

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”- Thucydides

I had bigger plans for this blog post, but after a long day of fun in the sun (and heat) with my 4- and 1-year-old, my body is exhausted. I am five months pregnant and on most days, almost don’t notice! It’s the honeymoon phase…I adore the second trimester. Today, however, being a single, preggers mama has caught up with me and I will likely turn off this computer, grab a tall glass of water and collapse into my bed in just a few moments.

My husband, Mike, deployed a little over a week ago on the USS Truman. He’ll be gone for seven months and my boys already miss him with heavy hearts. We are blessed in so many ways though; not the least of which is that this is his first deployment since we had children. There is more on our day-to-day to come, along with family photos we took before he left — images I wanted, no *needed*, to capture for my children so that they have a daily reminder of their daddy and how much he loves them.

For tonight, I will share a few snapshots I took in the hour before he left. They are not works of art, but more like works of heart. Holding a camera in that final hour was the last thing I wanted to be doing when really, I just wanted to hold my husband and my babies and never let go. But the moments were too important not to record somehow. We all needed something that showed we said goodbye and that now we wait: for my husband, who I admire more than any man on earth, for our daddy, who we love so much that it overflows from all of us, and our very own personal hero, who knows what is ahead, but has gone to meet it with a prayerful and servant’s heart.

  • heather starr - oh stephanie (hugs) i wish there was something i could do to help you. not that you necessarily need it, but just that i respect your sacrifice so greatly that i wish there was some way i could return a favor, a blessing, a thank you, a something. i cannot imagine being in your place and the strength it must require. i pray the months will fly by and that he will return safe and sound. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Sara Beth Roberts - I could not finish reading because of my tears…love you all. Love the pic of Mike and Liam–love you.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Beautifully written as normal. I was reading through tears. Great pics and the boys will love them!ReplyCancel

  • maddie - i’m with sb, the tears started flowing before finishing. beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • P.K. Gerrol - Hey Sweetie…..We have met. I am Sara Beth Robert’s mom. I command through the blood of Jesus that you, your hubby, and your children be surrounded by a hedge of protection. Free from all harm, all evil, and all sickness and disease through the blood of Jesus and the LOVE OF GOD !!! Please call me if you want to pray together. 1-540-597-5329 God Bless YOU ALL !!!ReplyCancel

  • Corey Sewell - These are so precious. I pray his time away passes quickly and that he returns safely to you and your babies!ReplyCancel

  • Susie - These are 100% important- I loved seeing a glimpse of your life and will pray for your husband’s safety and your sanity, too 🙂

  • Marica Goldschmidt - Hey Stephanie,

    We met back in Newport and I check on your blog every now and then. I love this post for the pictures and can totally relate to your situation. We were in that very situation last year with Brian leaving in May for a 7-month deployment, pregnant with baby #4, and all the emotions that go with it. I know that God will be watching over you and the boys, as well as over your husband, during the deployment. Take care of yourself and I wish your husband a successful deployment and safe return.ReplyCancel

  • sarah wheeler - what wonderful photos stephanie, thank you for sharing. your post got me all teary eyed. thank you to your husband for serving our country, and i wish you guys all the best while your husband is away! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Carole Gladish - Hi Stephie: We have always been so proud of you, loved you, and admired you! Both you and Mike are surely an inspiration to all who have the prvilege of knowing you. We cherish our memories and reminisce about some of our escapades when you were young. Never will forget when we took you to that jewelery show and bought you the ring, you liked,…. stopping by the Kapok Tree for dinner and you, accidently, flushing it down the sink drain….searching for a maintance man to disconnect the drain. I never will forget that little happy face when he found it! Your Mom keeps me posted on how and what you are doing too. Love all of the pictures. You never cease to amaze me! Your post touched my heart and made the tears flow. I couldn’t hold them back. I was glad Jack was not here. I will be anxious to see how he reacts when he sees it. A big thankyou, to you and the boys for giving up Mike, for 7 months, to serve our country. He is a gem! What a sacrifice! Will put him on the “prayer list” at our church. Love you P.S. the boys are so handsome and growing up fast. Another boy?ReplyCancel

  • Darcy - After reading Liam’s letters to daddy and then this post on his deployment I couldn’t stop the tears as well. You can really feel the love within your family. My heart is just overflowing with gratitude and sadness both for your family. These images are gorgeous and perfectly capture the moment. You are such an inspirational woman and mother. Thank you for sharing this with us all.ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth pellette - These shots are seriously cool. Thank you and your husband for his service.. and I hope he is home safely soon.ReplyCancel

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