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Dear boys,

To my three wonderful sons,

As you know, Daddy comes home later today.  The last three and a half weeks  almost four weeks have had their ups and downs, but, we have had a lot of fun.  We went on many adventures.  We went to the Renaissance Festival and the Fire prevention Day at the local fire station.  We visited Grandma and Grandpa in Buffalo. We handled Dad's delayed arrival with grace, well, at least with some grace. We even made it through Hurricane Sandy.  Overall, I think we held it together pretty well.  But . . .

But, there are some areas where I slacked . . .

I let you watch more TV and we had more movies nights in the last four weeks than we normally do/have in  a year.

I bought crackers and cereal again. And let you eat them for dinner.

We did so little school that it is a good thing we started a month early.

I let you have a dessert after dinner. Even if you did not eat your dinner.

I gave into your whims. A lot.  I bought you Ring Pops at the Cub Scout meeting because I just DID NOT WANT TO FIGHT.  And, after all, it is a fundraiser for your Pack ;)

I let you stay in pajamas all day. (Just once)

I put you to bed without baths. Because I just needed more quiet time.

And I let you sleep in for the same reason.

But, with only a few more hours of single parenthood left, I feel my resolve, strength and perseverance coming back.  After today we will be going back to our normal routine before Daddy left.  I know it may be hard to get back into it all, and there may be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  But, I am prepared and I am ready for it.

All because your Daddy will be home!

Your Mom


  1. This isn't normal policy? I better get crack-a-lackin'!


  2. Katie-
    You are my hero. I have been praying for you muchly these past few weeks, I can't imagine jumping into the life of a single mom for a few weeks. You rock!

  3. You're amazing. Glad you get your whole family back together!!

  4. Katie - I have thought of you SO MANY TIMES over these past few weeks! You are an amazing mom, and BTW I think most of those things you wrote about above are "normal" mode for most of us! I know you are ecstatic that Pete will be home soon. Those boys are so lucky to have you!! Have a wonderful reunion!! :)

  5. Katie - You have been super-momma these past few weeks! Cut yourself a little slack, girl, your "exceptions" are most people's "normal!" I hope your reunion with Pete is a sweet one. Those boys are so lucky to have you!! :)

  6. Lol! I could have written this same letter so many times over the 19 years of deployments while single parenting our kids! It got so bad, the kids looked forward to Chris being gone--NOT a good thing! Enjoy having Pete back and getting back to normal!

    1. Maurisa-

      I wrote about military familes in my 7 Quick Takes for tomorrow. You are AMAZING!! I cannot imagine going through deployment, this was hard enough.

  7. That's awesome:) LOL!!! Congrats on getting your hubby back, Katie! I can only imagine the "happy tears" that will be shed today!!!

  8. You were awesome Katie and did a good job. I can't imagine having Santiago gone for that long (the most he's been is 1 wk). Don't worry about the slacking....I don't consider that all that bad considering that mommies need their time (and sanity) too.


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