Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Hero and the Birthday Girl

Brandon left today for Iraq. We got to go to the airfield to see him off. It sucks he left today, but at least he got to see the baby for a few hours on her first birthday (literally a couple of hours, we left the airfield after he took off at around 3 am.). She slept through a lot of it, but woke up and we gave her cake and sang happy birthday to her. It was so hard to see him go. But, someone has to do it and I am so proud of him for the sacrifice he is making for us and his country. We are both very patriotic and I am proud to call my husband a soldier and a hero. The hardest part is knowing that he has to go for so long without seeing his daughter. I get anxious if I am away from Keara for too many hours, much less the months he will spend without her. Keara is a mamma's girl, but she loves her daddy. But, if I am around he tends to be ignored. Right before they left they formed up in lines to get on the plane. Brandon was in the front row so it was easy to see him. So Keara and I could wave to him and blow kisses. She kept putting out her arms because she wanted her daddy to hold her. It was so sweet that even though I was holding her she wanted her dad. She had no clue that he was leaving to want those last minute hugs and kisses. It made me feel good that Brandon's last moments with us were of her wanting him. Talk about making you cry though. That about did me in. We did manage to sneak in a few more hugs and kisses as the line moved forward.

We had Keara's birthday party on Sunday (pictures in the next post). Brandon was there for most of it, but he missed singing Happy Birthday and the cake, so I brought some left over cake with us to give her on her actual birthday.

6 comments:

corinnea said...

Oh Blah! I am crying for you guys too! Remember we can MPS stuff to him so tell us if he needs anything! Look forward to the birthday pics. Where did the time go???

Gma Jilli said...

Love to you on this day of bravery...

Kelly's Korner said...

Oh Margaret!!!! That was such a bittersweet post! I'm so glad he got to at least be there on the birthday. Be sure and show Keara pictures of her daddy while he's gone!

aunt ashley said...

Lots of love to the birthday girl.

Jenny P. said...

be strong and carry on:) he he he..

I'm feeling for you, really. This will be so hard but you'll get through it. Visit family and have them visit you. I laminated 8x10's and 5x7 pictures of EMily with JOn for her to have while he was gone for 3 months. She loved them.

sasha said...

What a strong woman you are, I couldn't do it. You rock, mama! I love the pictures you posted, and your header pic is great! You look so pretty! Our thoughts are with you, and we miss you so much! Wishing you all the best. Loves to that little cutie pie one year old, too! Man, time flies.