Maryann - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
My husband left for IA training back in May (this is a special duty for Navy to work as support for the Army). He recently came home for about 12 days of leave and left again last night to finish training on the Mainland (we're in Hawaii). He will be headed to Iraq in Sept. some time. This will be our fifth deployment (first one for my youngest daughter and second for my two oldest daughters). All deployments before this one have been a sea tour. His job is normally on a ship. I am fine with this year long deployment vices a six month. It's something that he's wanted to do, but it comes at an unexpected time and my girls are taking it a little hard (mainly the two younger ones).
First, please pray for safety for my husband and for travel mercies throughout this process. Pray that he remains strong and grows in his faith... and that he can be an example to the mostly single sailors he is working with.
Second, pray for my daughters (1 1/2, 4 1/2 and 6 1/2) who will all be dealing with this differently. Mainly for my middle daughter who has been very disobedient, disrespectful, and very emotional.
Third, please pray for me. I battle with major depression and have been all right, but this is a long deployment and I have many melt downs regardless of therapy and medications. I have a pretty good support system, but sometimes I just like to shut myself in. I just need endurance and a lot of patience dealing with my children and in-laws (please pray for them as well in relation to the lack of relationship they have with me and my girls).
Fourth, and last, please pray for a hedge of protection around all of us... individually and as a family.
Thank you all so much for "listening" and praying. It's much appreciated!