Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Game Time

The first 5 weeks of John's deployment were a lot of fun for them.  They visited three European ports which meant good food, shopping, and sight seeing.  But as I said in one of my previous posts, the fun is over and the serious business starts now.

Having your husband fly in combat isn't easy.  While it is true that Iraq and Afghanistan have very little in the anti-aircraft department, there are many countries in that area that do.  And those countries always have their eye on us.  Plus, landing on an aircraft carrier isn't exactly the safest thing in the world.  So this is when I need to start keeping my nerves in check and letting the days wash over me. 

I don't ask John to write me when he lands or tell me when he's flying because I would worry more.  I don't want to be sitting at my computer hitting the refresh button at 2AM because I knew he was out and didn't write.  So we both go on about our daily business, writing when we can and talking mostly about things going on at home with me.  With the last two deployments it wasn't until he got home that I heard "exciting" stories.  I like it better that way. 

Please keep the Bush and Air Wing 8 in your prayers.

"Our job is to deter aggression and ensure freedom of the seas. It's game time now. This is our duty. This is our mission. This is our service." 
~ Capt. Brian Luther, Commanding Officer USS George HW Bush 

3 comments: said...

Thinking of you guys!

Clay and I are the same way - I don't like to hear the gritty stories until after he is home safe and sound. I do, though, like it when he tells me when he goes outside the wire/on a mission. Only because that usually means that I won't hear from him for a couple of weeks. I know no news is good news but it still can be unnerving to go from receiving an email every couple of days to not receiving anything for a month or two.

Keeping nerves in check is a delicate dance. I hope you find your rhythm soon!


sanctimomious said...

Chris and I made the same decision, I didnt want to know when he was outside the wire, just when he came back. Thinking of you lots Jill, and I will definitely keep John and the rest of the guys in my thoughts and prayers.

xx You're doing awesome.

Melissa said...

Hugs to you and the munchkins! I know you know this, but you are always welcome to get away for a weekend up here with us. Jeff and I are looking at some dates for us or just me to come down and hang out with you :)

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Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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