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Deployment Through a Child’s Eyes

I’m not the only one having adjustment issues with my husband being gone.  Our son is trying to wrap his little mind around this deployment too.

About a week after Dear Hubby left, our son kept going in our guest room (my husband’s getaway).


This was unusual because our son hardly ever goes in there, especially since the door is always closed.


Dear Son opened the door, looked around, and then climbed up on the bed.  I quickly ushered him out of there.


Not even five minutes later, he went back in the guest room.  I started to get a little irritated until I heard him say, “Dada? Dada?”


At that moment, I realized that he was looking for my husband.  “Dada’s gone on a trip baby.”  I gave him a big hug and he started crying.


About five minutes after that incident, the doorbell rang.


“Dada?  Dada?”  Our son raced to the door.  Bless his little heart.


A friend of mine stopped by to see me with her family. She has two children that are close to our son’s age, so he was easily distracted by the visit of his friends.


On another occasion, I was on Skype with my husband and our son came up to me.  I picked him up and put him in my lap so that my husband could see him really good up close.



Our son reached out and tried to touch his Dada on the screen.  He looked at me confused, then peeked behind the computer screen.  He couldn’t figure out how Dada got into the computer!


Our son is too young to understand why his Dada isn’t here, but I make sure that we pray for Dada every night.  I talk to him about his Dada regularly and show him pictures.


Prayerfully, the reunion between father and son will go well when Dear Hubby returns.  Besides, my wonderful husband has promised me 120 days of DDC (Daddy Day Care) once he returns!

Wonder if he’s going to remember that promise…

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  • Christian Mommy Writer October 8, 2009, 10:59 PM

    Thanks everyone for your support and prayers!

  • MOMSWEB October 8, 2009, 1:41 PM

    Just dropping by to check on you and I'm glad I did; this post was so heart warming and what a beautiful picture of you and your son.

  • Diane October 8, 2009, 11:20 AM

    When my husband had just week long trips my kids would not know what was happening. I pray God gives you grace and wisdom to know how to help your son through this time. Thank you and your husband and family for the sacrifice your husband is making for this country. God bless. :O)

  • KK October 7, 2009, 10:03 PM

    Wow, that is hard. THank you for your sacrifice.

  • Stina Rose October 7, 2009, 7:13 AM

    My brother is in Iraq right now, and I know that my sister-in-law and their little ones are going through many of the same things. It's hard on the ones who are left behind, keeping things going on the home front. Praying for you and your little guy as you make this adjustment.

  • Proverbs 27:19 October 7, 2009, 5:48 AM

    Girl you are pulling at the heart strings with this post. But I imagine it's not as much as yours are being pulled.


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