Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guest Blogger

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!

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Anonymous said...

This totally made me smile!! While I don't know Joia personally, I am always amazed at her creativity, energy, and loving nature that she displays on this blog! True rock star and amazing military wife!

Anonymous said...

very well said philip! you guys are both amazing people! and you guys have a great little family who will be very proud of there parents when they grow up! Joia you do amazing at everything you do! Love you guys!
Kristin

Brittny said...

Love this!!!

Joia said...

Wow. Do I have the most amazing husband or what? Thanks, babe! What a sweet surprise on a busy morning here at home! I love you so much! =)

Anonymous said...

Well put Philip! She is an amazing woman! Now does this mean you're going to be brave and take Moriah with you? ;)

Jessica said...

OK, crying! That was so sweet. She is doing an incredible job. Can't wait til you come home, Phil!

denise said...

Philip you are blessed to have an amazing wife! Also, you have a knack for making the waterworks come. Love you Philip! And Joia I love that you make my cousin so happy :)

Hannah said...

Aww how touching!! This truly brought tears to my eyes. Joia you truly are amazing being a military wife and always putting a smile on your face even when times are rough for you. Can't wait to hear of your arrival Philip! Thinking and praying for you guys:)

Mom W. said...

Way to go Philip!!! Encouraging indeed!!! You still sound pretty normal so I guess your time away hasn't been too hard on you...;/ Joia has certainly had her rough and trying days and handled them well, but then you both do when your kids are small (we did). It is amazing how much we don't remember later. Hang in there both of you... soon it will all be history and a good one!! So glad you will soon be home Philip!!

Flakymn said...

So sweet ... you go Philip! (Oh and Joia too.)

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