The title should probably be “uninvited guest blogger” since Joia didn’t ask me to fill in for her. There won’t be a ton of pictures in this post, ok there won’t be any pictures in this post, but that’s not really the point. I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about how amazing my wife is. I’ve been making plans to fly to Michigan for my cousin’s wedding and I guess Moriah found out that Keenan would be coming with me. Well Moriah was fairly upset and wanted to go also but I guess I’m just too much of a wimp and/or too cheap. But look at what Joia has done in my absence! They’ve taken two driving trips down to central Florida (only one stop each way!), two driving trips to Michigan and Canada and a trip to Mexico that included long flights and long drives.
She’s so incredibly creative and really has a gift for making things out of stuff we already have around the house. She reorganized the furniture and created a playroom for the kids. She’s turned our kids into little fish. I can’t believe what a good swimmer Keenan is becoming and Riah seems to love the water as well. She’s also so generous. She planned a baby shower for a good friend and is always giving of her time to help someone when they ask, even a lot of time they don’t have to ask, she just knows and helps. None of this even accounts for all of the tasks she has been handling like vehicle maintenance, getting our air conditioner fixed, registering Keenan for pre-school and keeping the blog updated. I have a whole new understanding of how meaningful the pictures on the blog can be for our family who live far away because I love looking at the updates to see what they have been up to and try to fathom how quickly they are growing and changing.
This is the 168th day that I’ve been out of the country which means that Joia has been on her own for 193 days. While this is a “179” day deployment, that doesn’t mean 179 days away from home. It means 179 days in theater and even that is not a guarantee. We had been hoping that I would be home in time for our anniversary and I was fairly nervous about Joia’s reaction when I had to tell her that we would need to celebrate belatedly. Maybe she was upset afterwards but despite celebrating two birthdays and numerous other holidays on her own, she totally took it in stride and said she’d rather have me back a few days later than we were expecting than not at all.
And oh yeah, by the way, she’s pregnant! For this pregnancy she’s a trimester further along in the heat of the summer than she was with either of our first two. Four years ago when we moved to Florida I came home from work in June and she informed me that she would not be going outside again until September or October. Now it doesn’t slow her down at all. I love you Joia and am so proud of you!