The day after Josh returned we left for Lake Bemidji, which is about 2 hours away in Minnesota. My lovely co-worker, Jackie, and her husband own a cabin there and graciously let us go there for some R&R. I'm thankful we did. Although I was nervous that we would over extend ourselves by packing up … Continue reading Hibernation


As many of you know, originally I thought Josh would be coming home in January. Josh told me he didn't have a homecoming date until about November he finally told me January 2 - which is about what I expected. But the more we talked and made plans, some details weren't adding up and I … Continue reading Homecoming

Giving Thanks + Oregon + 5 Months Down

Since I went to school on the east coast, I always stayed out in NY and had Thanksgiving with Josh's family. Of course, I loved being able to stay with Josh and get to know his family, but staying was always a little bitter sweet because I missed my family 3,000 miles away. Last year, … Continue reading Giving Thanks + Oregon + 5 Months Down

4 Months Down

September was hard, but thankfully October went by with surprising quickness. I'm sure my trip to Orlando helped, as did Josh's two weekend morale trips to nearby by cities. Josh also ran a half marathon, which is exciting!So what does the 4 month mark bring? One thing that I finally feel I have a handle … Continue reading 4 Months Down

3 Months Down

3 months down.Deployment is certainly a big adventure. One that is unpredictable, difficult to navigate...but I'm certainly glad to be in this with Josh. We're good for each other. That's not to say that the last 3 months have gone perfectly well. We have had our share of crosses and stress, but still we are … Continue reading 3 Months Down

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes….

Alright. So. Although deployment has been a whirlwind of emotions and various struggles, the Lord has blessed me with some awesome opportunities. **DISCLAIMER - - - Friends from Oregon, please do not shun me for what I am about to tell you!** My family was in Sunriver for a little family vay-cay, and guess who … Continue reading A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes….

Deployment Month 2: Deployments are like Fasting

Deployment is like fasting. Think of the beginning of Lent. The first couple of weeks I often have an energy, a vigor, a strong will for fasting, but as the days wear on, it becomes more difficult. The grace and energy that filled those first few weeks slowly dissipates, resolve weakens. Hunger sets in. Sheer … Continue reading Deployment Month 2: Deployments are like Fasting