Sunday, December 11, 2011

the countdown has begun


peter left for his deployment yesterday. it was kind of a rough day. we're going to miss him.

we had quite a showing of people to send peter and his dental tech off. all of peter's family and about 20 people or so from his clinic up on base came to say good-bye. it was really nice of everyone to get up early on a saturday morning to see these two off.


will and i were able to escort peter all the way up to the gate, which was really nice. it was nice to have a few quiet minutes with just the three of us before he got on the plane. it was also really hard to see him walk down the gateway, and william just kept saying that he wanted to go on the airplane with daddy. but, still, i think it would have been harder to have had to say good-bye downstairs, surrounded by so many people, before he went through security and everything. so i was glad to have those moments. even though they were tear-filled.


and while we were at the gate, william was kind enough to take this picture of peter and me. i don't know, what do you think? a future photographer?


it will be a tough next 5 months or so for me to be without peter and for william to be without his daddy, but luckily with Skype and the internet, we'll be able to be in touch quite often (daily, hopefully).

and when william and i got home from the airport, this is what we found on our house, along with a bunch of treats:

peter's sister, jill and her family, and peter's mom, "heart attacked" our house. peter has an amazingly supportive and loving family that i feel so blessed to be apart of. thanks guys, for making us feel so loved on such a hard day.

but at least the countdown has begun. 2 days down and many, many more to go . . .

*because of the sensitivity of his mission and for his protection, if you know any specifics about peter's whereabouts, please be sure not to mention them on this blog, or in any other blogs, or on Facebook, etc. if you would like his address, feel free to email or call me and i would be happy to give it you (once i get it myself, that is). and btw, all this security doesn't mean he's not safe! don't worry, he is in a very safe area, we just aren't allowed to mention specifics over the internet :)

13 comments:

Aimee said...

oh this post made me so sad. :( I guess I didn't realize that it was happening so soon.

i hope this next 5 months goes in fast forward motion for all of you. you are a tough family!

mom/shauna said...

Oh, Emily...I got teary reading this post. I'm so glad there are pictures of this important day. Peter looks so handsome. Yes, Day #2 is done and each day we can chalk off another day until he returns. We love you and Will so much. Please know you have our complete and total love and support...XOXOXOXO

Steven said...

This post made me teary too. What an emotional day. I have a much greater appreciation for military families now. You and Peter have been so strong and amazing! We love you all so much! -Jill

Dede said...
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Dede said...

Oh Em! Such a hard day! I hope the end of 5 months comes quickly. Love you guys!

Chelsey said...

You are so brave Emily! I can't imagine how hard that must have been, but we are so excited to see you in California soon! Love your cute fam!

Sarah said...

Ahh!! I haven't checked your blog for awhile and I just bawled through the whole thing! It is tough to be away from your hubby that long, especially with a little one (or two). You can do hard things Em! When Cam was gone, I often thought about all those crappy hard times on my mission and just had to count my blessings :)
Love you girl!

Elise said...

very touching post. i'm so proud of peter and of you emily, you are such an amazing example to your little sister. love you lots and am excited for our drive to the sunny state!

Whitney said...

I cried the whole post! You look great though in those pictures - so strong. I haven't checked your blog for a while either...fun family pictures! Can't wait to see you.

Stephen said...

i think will should most definitely be a photographer. amazing picture.

Ben, Hannah, & Baby Jane said...

This post made me so sad! I love you guys so much! You are so strong em! I would love to talk to you soon!

Kaedi said...

Oh man, I'm all teary now. We'll be praying for you guys!

Amy F said...

Yes... thank goodness for the internet. I hope you get to connect with him lots.