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{polka-dots & a pop of pink}

4 May

I hope you’ve all had a great week!

This week kind of drug on nice & slowly for me…wasn’t much going on at work {athletes have all started with their finals so we can’t train them}, and we got news from Patrick.  He’s now a platoon leader!!  While I try to be happy & excited for him, knowing this is what he’d rather be doing, it’s hard for me to stay calm & not worry. Not to say I didn’t worry before, but I knew he was working on the base, now this means he will be out on missions each day.  Obviously, Patrick is highly trained to be doing this, but sometimes my mind gets the best of me & I start playing movie footage in my head.  I know that’s not realistic, but that’s the only image I have of “deployment”…needless to say, I DO NOT watch any more movies that are military related!

I’m so lucky to have such great support all around me.  My family & friends have all been there to support me in the change, and I couldn’t do it without them.  I got phone calls all week from his family, checking in on me, and I appreciate them so much for that!  I hate that we are so far apart, but even across the country, they do such a great job at keeping tabs on how I’m doing.  {thanks guys!!}

Pray, Pray, Pray!  That’s all we can do here for the troops.  Remember as the summer months hit over there, so does more action.  Please pray for the safety of all our military men & women!

Anyway, in other news…the sun was out a few days this week!!  After the cold front that seemed to have crept in on us, I was happy to see & feel the sunshine!

{forever21 tank, old navy pants, steve madden heels, thrifted jacket, forever21 & thrifted necklace, jcrew & DIY bracelets}

added a pop of blue for some color-blocking fun!



5 Apr

Gosh, do I need to hang this on all my mirrors & remind myself of it daily!

Lately, my days have felt like weeks sometimes.  Communication with Patrick hasn’t been as frequent as I expected.  So, obviously when I don’t hear something for 2-3days…I tend to “wonder” not “worry”????  ok, fine..I worry.  Some would say…it’s 2 days, relax!  Like I said, those 2 days feel like weeks.  I then read a verse like this…and BOOM!  In my face! lol Love how He does that!

I know Pat is fine!  He’s in the hand of the biggest Protector there is.

Talk about a faith tester.  Daily I have to trust & let go.

Please continue to pray for all the troops as we are getting into the months were fighting picks up again.

{Psalm 91}

{countdown begins}

9 Mar

The day is here…deployment day. I’ve spent many days & nights trying to mentally prepare for this moment. There have been moments of sadness & fear to moments of strength & bravery. The two things I fear the most are 1. the danger and unknown of Afghanistan and 2. how badly I will miss Pat! In all of these moments, I’ve been really battling one thing…LETTING GO! I have this huge constant battle in my life, and that’s letting go of having control over everything. (good thing I have solid people around me to call me out!)

In the last few days, the Lord has really done a number on reminding me to JUST HAVE FAITH. Why is that so hard sometimes?! I am so grateful for the convictions & reminders that He is in control. He is the creator, protector, healer, comforter, giver & friend (among many other things). All week small things have happened that have really challenged me to evaluate, “have I let go?”, “am I trying to control this?”, “do I have faith that everything will be ok?”. Although, some of these moments have been very emotional, it’s really challenged me not just to say I’ve given up control, but to really truly do it!

I know the next nine months will be a challenge for Patrick & I, but I am so blessed to have him, and excited what these months will teach us. There will be many moments I know I will struggle with this control issue, but if you could pray with me for myself, but most of all Patrick & the other men! For their strength, safety, focus & encouragement in the moments they spend away from everything they know.

This song played on my run Monday and I just had to laugh…another way God told me to let go::

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

A funny thing Patrick’s sister Rachel reminded me of: Deployment is 9 months, so is pregnancy…bring on the 1st trimester!
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