Sunday, February 20, 2011

He's Gone

We dropped Philip off at the airport this morning. We will see him again in approximately 7 months. Wow. Hard to wrap my mind around that. He will be at another base in the U.S. for a few weeks of training, and will then head overseas.

Here are some pictures from this morning:

Last family picture for a while - I love this one

Bedtime story last night

Daddy and his brave kids

Daddy and his girl


How handsome are my men??

The new man of the house

I'm so proud

Keenan helping Philip take his bags in

We are soo blessed with great friends. We drove straight from the airport to Josh and Rebekah's house, where we've hung out in the sunshine and let the kids play, and then we're going to go out for brunch with Devin and Melissa, and then more fun stuff for the rest of the day.

Prayers are much appreciated, this is very unchartered territory for us...


The Woodford's said...

My heart hurts for you, Joia. Praying much for all of you.

Love, Steph

Becky said...

I am so sorry Joia, I know this must be such a difficult day for all of you. I am praying for you and sending you lots of love and hugs.

Rabens Family said...

You are all in our prayers. I am so happy that you guys have an amazing support system in place. (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

Your pictures made me cry... I love them- really special memories!
Love you and am praying for you all~

Love Rebekah :)

Samantha said...

Sending lots of love and good thoughts during this time for you..all the way from Southern California

Jessica said...

Praying every single day for all of you. My heart is so heavy, but I know that God is going to give you all the grace you need and the time will fly. We will see you soon! :)Love, Jessica

Rachel and Hans said...

Definitely thinking of you during this time. Hoping it passes as quickly as it came...

Love the photos!

Mom E said...

OK, so I was holding it together and being so strong, but all that melted into a puddle of tears when I saw the pic of Philip hugging Moriah...and then Keenan...and then Keenan helping Philip with his luggage. I've been in almost constant prayer for all of you, and I must say that my mother-heart is aching right now. Can't wait to see you soon. I miss you, Philip.
Love, Mom

Flakymn said...

Joia .. thinking of you. I know you can do it but I know it is not something any of us "want" to do. I pray for unbelievable support, strength, encouragement, and happy times as you start counting down the days until he gets home.

Mom W. said...

The pictures are SO good... but I am with Rebekah, fighting not crying in the library.

We have been wondering how you are doing... hoping our constant prayers are helping.

Love you all... OXOXO

Mom W. said...

Oh yes, and so glad you have good friends... so glad

GretchenP said...

hi joia~i'm linking over from wendi's blog and officially de-lurking myself to yours! i've been dropping by (from wendi's) for awhile because i love your bright and creative photography and our kids are about the same age.. fun to see what activities you are doing to keep them busy! i just wanted to wish you well and hope you are doing ok on a sad day. you have such an amazing family and hope the time passes quickly for you! wishing you well!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Joia,
I, also, had tears in my eyes looking at your pictures. I will pray for strength and comfort for you, and safety for Philip.
With love,
Joan VW

Joy Z said...

Soldiers leaving and returning always brings me to tears and also makes me incredibly proud. Thank you both for your service to our country!

Renee said...

I've been in your shoes! My son was only 1 1/2 at the time. Everyday will get better and with every passing day your husband is one day closer to being home!! I'll be thinking of you! Smile and keep your head held high. You should be proud of your husband!

P.S. Your friend Wendi is a wonderful person! I've been following her blog for awhile and lurk on your page quite a bit!

Anonymous said...

Joia - I am so humbled by the sacrifice made by your family and so very many others for the sake of our country. I have learned that my key to survival when I am worried about my family is to pray God's hand of protection be upon them when they walk out the door and pray "thank you" when they walk in. I have to leave the middle stuff up to our God who is much more powerful than my worries. Please know you'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you all serve our country for the next 7 months! Lynda

denise said...

I am so proud of Philip and our servicemen! I am also in prayer for you and the kids. I can not imagine what it will be like having him gone that long.

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Anonymous said...

Coming over from Wendi's blog to let you know you and your family are in my thoughts. Thank you for your family and your husband in particular for your sacrifice to keep us all safe here in our country. I am so proud of all our military families for proving that honor is still alive in well in the world.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the sacrifice that your husband, you and your children make for the rest of us. I can't imagine how difficult it was for you to send him off for 7 mo. Praying for you and your family during this time.

(friend of Wendi's and occasional lurker on your blog)

Anonymous said...

Joia and Family, My heart goes out to you all. May you have the strength to get through this. Thinking of you.
Your cuz, Diana

Emily said...

Praying for your hearts during this time of separation. Thank you so much to you and your family for your sacrifice!

(Follower of Wendi's Blog, so I feel like I know you! :))

Jenny said...


Praying for you, and your sweet family. Thank you for this huge sacrifice. Praying for strength for you, and safety for Phillip!

(Wendi's FLCS friend)

Anonymous said...

The tears are flowing as I look at the pictures of your beautiful family Joia. Always heartbreaking to see families separated for any length of time and I know from my sons deployments( and my daughterinlaw home alone with the kids)that it can be very tough at times!I will be praying every day for you Joia, that the Lord will grant you and your sweet kids peace and strength over the next seven months!Love, Nancy( Kelly Stegemollers Mom)

Anonymous said...

AND( how could I forget!) Many prayers for your sweet hubby as he sometimes will have it even harder, missing his whole family, and working hard at the same time, so we may all live in the greatest country in the world! GOD BLESS our service men and women! Nancy

Trevor & Liz Griffin said...

Dear me Joia, I'm crying here. Can NOT imagine what you're going through. Keep smiling! :)