One of the most difficult things about being a military father (or mother) is maximizing the time with your family when you know you’re about to say goodbye to them. There are a thousand things that need to be done to make sure everything will go smoothly after you leave. Home repairs need to be made, cars need to be inspected, and emergency contacts need to be established. Of course, all of these things conflict with what you really want to do, which is sit on the couch with the family and try to enjoy the last few days together for awhile. To be honest, the biggest job becomes prioritizing what really needs to be done and what can wait for another time. It’s a stressful process, but it’s much less tense than trying to fit 6 months worth of work into a 2 week period.
If you’ve been following my travels the last couple months, you know that I was gone for a few weeks, but I’m now home for the holidays. The true trials are about to begin, however, since I will be leaving for about 6 and a half months starting next month. I’m fortunate that (this time) my destination is a school, so I will still be able to call and Skype with the family most nights, but it’s still no fun.
Therefore, it once again becomes necessary to start load shedding things that aren’t essential to either ensuring my family’s safety while I’m away or enjoying my remaining time with them. Unfortunately (because I really do enjoy it), this blog will be one of the sacrifices. There isn’t enough time to write during the day, and there isn’t enough energy left after the kids go to bed.
With all that in mind, I sincerely apologize for the silence that will be emanating from this site over the next couple weeks, but I hope you understand. My family and I wish you nothing but the best over the upcoming season. We hope that whatever holiday your family celebrates, it’s safe, fun, and heart-warming.
Thank you and please check back in mid-January for some new content.