I am a worrier by nature, anyone that knows me can tell you that. But I already had been worrying about if the man I am about "stand beside" for a year without seeing him, will be the same man that comes home. I have seen first hand some pretty impressive changes in personalities, and its hard because its something I can't prepare for. It is also something I don't know what the end result will be. I know that I love my husband and that when we said our "I Do's", we meant forever. What if he comes home and I can't be there for him the way he wants/needs me to be? I won't be able to understand or relate to what he has been through...I have no idea what he is in store for. What if he "outgrows" me? All I have is a plan to send a care package every week he is gone from home...which seems weak at the moment.
Okay, I got that off my chest...from here on out positive thinking and happy countdowns until we are reunited. (Reunited...he isn't even gone yet...yeesh)
For the boys and some care package plans, I am going to order a Flat Daddy (like a fat head, but of the Hubby). For holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations "the Hubby" can be in the pictures. Also as it sounds like Skype will be limited, it will help the boys see daddy everyday. We are also going to record him reading favorite books and stories, and do a few recordable books and a recordable photo album (which I am most excited about) Daddy's voice will tell them about each picture
So far I am thinking of including:
Mommy & Daddy's wedding day
First time Daddy holding the Toddler
First time Daddy holding the Big D
5 Generation Pictures
Driving tractor with Daddy
Hanging out with Grandpa
Any of the Hubby's favorite pictures/memories he wants to share with the boys
Anywho - that's the plan to keep daddy's image and voice in their everyday lives while he is gone.