Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Farewells

I don't write a lot about us being an Army family here. It's part of who we are, and I'm so exceptionally proud of my husbands service as well as our family as a whole, but yet I rarely find myself writing about it. One of the hardest things of this life is saying goodbye to friends. My kids have had to say goodbye so much over their young lives, and they're once again about to say goodbye to friends. Two brothers will be moving. When we moved from the stairwell to our house last year, these boys were the first kids they met in the new neighborhood and it didn't matter that their dad is an officer and ours is enlisted.....to me that's a sign of great parenting in the military (when the kids simply don't care....trust me they've had "friends" who have tried to pull the rank junk, so this momma has had to lay down the law quickly that kids don't have rank). It's hard on this momma's heart to see my kids hurting as they have to say goodbye. It doesn't feel fair and honestly it just stinks, especially when those friends are leaving a year earlier than expected. They're entering a season where goodbyes will be plentiful though. They have many friends who'll remain, but there are so many who will be leaving. So although for many military the busy moving time is coming to a close, our post seems to be still in high gear. Please keep my military kids in your prayers as well as all the others, whether they're the ones being left behind or the ones moving (having to meet new friends at a new place, etc). I try to protect my children from as much as I can, but I can't protect them from sad hearts from saying goodbye to friends. It is part of life, most definitely part of the military life, but it doesn't make it easier.





5 comments:

Lisa said...

It definitely is hard to see our kids hurting and sad. You're right, we can't protect them from all of that, but I understand your momma's heart that hurts for your kids.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great post..I would the friend situation would be so hard

Barb said...

I am always surprised at the sweetness of your heart. You have had to say too many goodbyes too, and had to experience things other wives don't have too. Just wanted you to know how proud of you I am, and how grateful to your husband for what he does.I will always keep him, and you and the kids in my prayers. Nite and God bless.

Teena in Toronto said...

We moved a lot when I was a kid. It does suck :(

Happy blogoversary :)

The Mom said...

We too had to day godbye to friends a couple of days ago. It is the worst part of being a military family for sure! Prayers for you kids, and the ones hwo moved.