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WOW! What an amazing 48 hours or so. Leading up to Matt's departure- I had moments of even wondering if I had a tear to cry. The morning of, we couldn't even look at each other as we busied ourselves around the house and with the kids just so we wouldn't lose it if we caught each others' eye.

He dropped off his bags at 9am and came back for some goodbye time. After sitting around trying to make the most of every second, we finally agreed he needed to go ahead and go because we couldn't stand it anymore. The boys did great. Aidan was cheering us up (not fully understanding the time line), Jack was, well...Jack. Aidan seemed to process it throughout the day and drops a comment every now and then that lets me know that he is still working it out. Jack asks about Daddy and where did he go. Not easy- but possible. I had applied for Military Week at Trail West Young Life Camp a couple of months ago after hearing it was amazing. It is a whole week, all inclusive camp, free to those who are accepted. I had been denied for the three weeks I applied for and actually felt relieved considering I am a person that can "hole-up". Last week, though, I got a call that there was a cancellation and we could come. I was really nervous, but was willing to take the chance. Another friend of mine (another chaplain's spouse with 4 children) was coming this week too and it was our plan all along to help each other out somehow. Its almost a three hour drive into the mountains, but beautiful. I am amazed that already one day into this deployment, God is gifting me, caring for me in ways I thought only my husband would. Its weird, I feel him looking out for the small things that make me happy and making sure I see that he is asking me to take notice of his knowing what I need days before hand. We arrived to the gate with cowboys greeting us on their horses- the boys loved that of course. They even had the horse sticking his nose in our car window. Aidan at that point officially called it "Cowboy camp" and is so excited- I needed to see him like that. We drove down the road and were again greeted by about 20 people dancing a ho-down, singing, wagons, all in western wear- and helped us all out of the car, invited us to dance and take pictures while someone drove our car away ad took our luggage to our rooms. We took a ride in the back of a truck to the Lodge, had about 30 high school kids screaming us into the lodge like we were rock stars, given a quick instruction and by the time we got to our room- everything was there- including a pack n play- even though I hadn't asked for one! This is awesome- not only is my view magnificent, but my room is one of the newly remodeled and at the end of the hall, right next to the playrooms. They specifically told me to let Aidan play and it was safe for him to be in there while I unpacked. I was given a sweet woman who checked in on me I don't know how many times today and let me know that she was one of my personal helpers with the kids and would be available for anything I needed. I about cried then. There have been skits, great food, a great reminder of who Jesus is, and they even returned our registration fee to us. They took the kids this evening for Kids Club and when the kids came back in, they had them bring us parents ice cream sundaes. The kids were exhausted- but had so much fun. And we still have fishing to do, pony rides, the swimming pool, a Jeep tour, a trail ride and ropes course for me (with babysitting provided), and all the fun they will do in Kids Club too. What a gift. More to come...

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