Husband's last camping trip

Husband's last camping trip

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Final Countdown

So far, this last weekend for my Jack at home has been good.

Pat & Christine took him hiking yesterday morning.  He called later and said P & C wanted to take us all out to dinner.  (A rare treat for us!)  Oh, it was so much fun.  We went to Fudruckers,  We had never been there.

Jack & Patrick got a full pound hamburger.  Wow.  It was so big.  Each of them ate the whole thing.  Made me a little sick to my stomach watching them eat it.

I ordered for husband.  He ate pretty good.  Christine was concerned that I had ordered him too small of a burger, but, I explained he doesn't eat much anymore.  She looked a little sad when he had finished his small meal and announced he was very full.

While eating, Patrick said they wanted to come over and bring some movies.  What a wonderful idea.

During the movie, husband talked through the whole thing.  He cannot understand anymore what is going on, so, he started asking Patrick how work was going, talk, talk, talk.  I tuned him out and concentrated on the movie.

We watched one more movie, my pick.  The Hunger Games.  I had wanted to see it for such a long time.  Of course, Pat & Christine had the movie.  By then, husband was tired, so he went to bed.

Today, we will not be going to church.  I want to spend every minute with my son.  We will be going to father in law's house, mid morning.  Father in law does not want to go to the airport on Tuesday.  He said he wants to say his goodbye's in private.

This afternoon, Pat & Christine will be bringing food to BBQ.  Jack's choice:  Steak & Bratz.

Jack told me that he got his final 3 pics for overseas.  He will either go to England, Germany or Japan.  He is hoping for Japan.  That is, if he is chosen to go overseas.  He thinks he probably will.

I had a few moments this weekend where sadness overtook me.  It comes in waves.  The finality of it all.  The sheer excitement for this boy of mine.

My emotions are all over the map.  I look at Jack and am so proud of him.  I look at husband and feel so sad that he truly doesn't understand anything anymore.

The countdown begins.  Tonight is Jack's final night at home.  And then?  He's off to conquer to world!!



  1. So exciting for Jack. It will be so hard on you though. I know dropping my kids off at college and my son being in the military. Tears your heart apart and at the same time so proud you can't stand it. I will be thinking of you and saying prayers. ((((((HUGS))))

  2. I can only imagine the myriad of thoughts & emotions you have with all these changes going on. May the Lord bless you & strengthen you as you try to stand firm through all of it. I admire your strength. My heart breaks often for you over the realities you face. I'm so glad this world is not our eternal home. A day is coming where there will be no more pain or sadness. I can't even comprehend it. But how great is our hope!