Gary and I were successful in finding him an apartment (yay!) although it took up the majority of our time while we were there. His new place is right by the base where he'll be working and I made sure there was a WalMart nearby (hey, WalMart is important, people!) Not to mention, his nephew lives just a mile or two away and he'll be able to visit them often. The apartment will come furnished with everything he'll need. All he'll have to bring is clothes and food, so that is a big relief. He won't have to mess with moving any furniture or buying any linens or dishes or things like that. They're going to put bunk beds in the extra bedroom so the kids will have a cool place to sleep when we go to visit this spring and summer. And there's a pool and playground at the complex to keep them entertained. We both think he'll be happy there, and it's a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders.
When we weren't apartment hunting, Gary and I truly enjoyed being together. I think that so often when you are married with young kids, you forget how to be husband and wife and can only identify as "mommy" or "daddy". We haven't spent 4 whole days together by ourselves since before we had McKenna. Almost seven years ago! It was good for us to re-connect and remember why we're here in the first place. We had a two hour dinner one night at a restaurant. That never happens. Another day we just got in the car and took off driving down the beach, listening to music WE WANTED to listen to and not "Toy Story 3" on the kids' dvd player in the back seat. We stopped to put our feet in the sand and take pictures. He also took me to meet the guys he'll be working with and see the buiding he'll be renovating. I feel better knowing them and being able to picture now where he is when I'm talking to him. There's a "comfort" in familiarity and it eases my mind a little bit.
Most importantly, we laughed. We had fun. We let go of most the stress that's been hovering over us for the past month or two. We put it aside and took the time to just "be". We trust in God that He will get us to where we need to be, even if this isn't what we had necessarily planned. This morning, I said goodbye to him, and hugged him tight and felt happy for the first time in a long time.
|Half in Florida, Half in Alabama. There were about 300 people at the church service.|
|Watched the sunset in downtown P'cola|
|He searched for just the right shells to take home to Mac. Such a good daddy.|
|The beach at Perdido Key|
|At Quietwater Beach|
|Look close on the right, there were tons of fish surfing each wave, very neat!|
|See you soon Pensacola. Take care of him for me : )|