Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Deployment Layout

These are some of my most favorite pictures, they were taken the day my husband left on his deployment in 2001.  We were so young, and really didn't think anything bad would happen while he was deployed, after all it was peace-time {little did we know 9-11 was going to happen in a few months}.  In these photos I just see happy faces, putting on a brave face, smiling, documenting this day of our life.  After I watched the boat pull away, and raced down the road to meet the boat where it entered the sea and wave my final good bye {like all good wives do} I have to admit, I went home had a strawberry margarita and cried.  The kids had know idea I was upset, I had a babysitter watch them for a few hours so I could think and re-group.  
One of the hardest parts about being a military wife is dealing with being lonely, having this absent part in your heart and daily life missing, putting on a brave face for your children, reassuring them everything is ok, telling them Daddy will be home soon.  If any of you know someone who's spouse is in the military, or more importantly deployed, take time to say "hello" and ask how their day is going, because most likely they have not had an adult conversation in a while.  You never know, that "hello" may be the highlight of their day.
I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday, can you believe its Friday tomorrow?!?  Holy Heck was this a fast week!
"Saying Goodbye"

materials used:
bazzil white card stock
Cosmo Cricket Snorkel paper
Martha Stewart punch
MM stickers
Tim Holtz distress tool, Tim Holtz distressing ink

9 comments:

Sandy from Ukiah said...

What a great lo and your story was so sad....

Anonymous said...

The brave smiles of a 4 year old, the symboLism of picTures framed from torn fabric, the warmth of a spouse's smile and the stoic smile of an officer committed to duty, with the almost gritty backgounds all give this page a real emotional impact words could never convey. I have a whole new appreciation for the military families serving and sacrificing so much for their fellow countrymen.

Amy said...

This is a wonderful page. Such bittersweet memories--happiness before 9/11. This is how we think of the world now--pre 9/11 and post 9/11. Probably how our parents thought of Pearl Harbor.

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Thanks, Latisha, for sharing this part of yourself and your life. I know this speaks for countless spouses and families who are separated by military obligations. Thank God for our military!! Thanks for sharing and I do love your layout.

Chris said...

look how young & cute jacob was!!! those days b4 9-11 were so different...when you could still be on the pier...thanks for sharing!!

Alex said...

This is fabulous!! I love it! Has a lot of meaning!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Tammy said...

What a beautiful layout and the story behind it so touching. Thank you for sharing such a bittersweet memory with everyone. Your a beautiful family!

I'm so happy I found your blog, you have truly beautiful work:) I will be coming back for sure!

Tammy

Jen said...

Wonderful layout! And everything you said about spouses is so very true! A glass of wine, a good cry and then move on! HOOAH!

Robbie ... said...

What would we do without our faithful military! Those wives with children must struggle so much. Personally, I APPRECIATE you just as much for pulling your 'stint' here at home. Thank you for the reminder of kindness. Not only do all women need this, but especially women as yourself! God bless you and thank YOU for all you do behind the scenes!!

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