Monday, May 31, 2010

Could use some prayers...

Joseph left today for his deployment.. It's been a sad sad day in the Ellington house. Please pray he makes it there safe, I probably won't hear from him for a few days. I look forward to the day I get to hug him and squeeze him tight. 6 months is a long long time. :(

Last night when Joseph was packing Kaylee thought she should go too...

Today on the way to drop him off...

We found out when we got there we had to just drop them off and couldn't stay, we were pretty bummed so we had to say our goodbyes quicker than we thought.

Joseph took Kaylee on a little walk in the field to have a Daddy/Daughter talk.
so sweet :)

Joseph saying his goodbyes with Hayden

He wouldn't let go, it was heart-breaking :(

The hard part, seeing him leave :(

I told myself I wouldn't cry, that I'd be strong for the kids. I even put eye-makeup on to deter me a little. It didn't help though, as soon as I got in the car to leave I was blubbering like a baby. I keep telling myself each day will get easier, I know it will. I'm going to keep extra busy so the time will go by quicker. I could use prayers of strength right now.

Love you guys, thanks for being there for me through this tough time.



  1. ooooh :( this is really sad :( i am praying, all the way from germany!

    just hoping he gets back safe, right?

  2. Oh, these pics have me bawling! I love you, Linds!!! It will go by faster than you think! We have crafty skype dates to do!!! ;) And you need to visit me for a week or so. And you'll be visiting your mom. You'll be so busy! Joseph will be back safe & sound before you know it! All of you will be in my prayers! Love you so much!!! Big hugs to you! xoxo

  3. I have both of you in my prayers as always..I know this was a hard day for all of you, esp you and Joseph. You are a strong woman, stronger than you think..(you come from good stock!)..

    I agree keep busy and 6 mons won't seem so long. you need to come home...

    Seeing you as soon as u got home and we skyped brought me to tears, I had to hide them to keep you from crying more.. I wish I was there to give you a momma hug...

    these pictures say a thousand words and feelings..what precious moments...

    luv and hugs...

  4. Oh my. That's absolutely heart breaking. I'm praying Galatians 6:9 over your family and for protection. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for sure.

  5. aww linds, i can't imagine how difficult this is. i'm always here if you need a shoulder or want to talk. 24 hours a day! i miss you. love always, aim

  6. Lindsay -

    Just wanted to tell you how amazing you and your family are. Your pictures made me teary. The first few weeks are the hardest, but like you said, it gets easier, though it's never really easy. It's been five months for us, three to go. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way, and hope your hubby gets where he's going quick, so you can hear from him ASAP.

    - Nicole

  7. i am praying for you sweetie. keep being strong. you are an amazing mama and your kiddos will be there with you to help make it easier.

    i'm always here if you need anything.

  8. Lindsay,
    I can't even begin to imagine how difficult this is for your family. My brother in law just left for work (not military related) for 6 months and seeing my nieces so upset broke my heart. I keep telling my sister that he'll be home before she knows it. We'll be keeping your family in our thoughts and hoping he has a safe 6 months away. Stay positive, and stay strong.
    Much love,

  9. just by lookin' at your pictures i could feel the sadness :(
    i can not imagine how this would feel like, but i just wanted to say it's not always necessary to be strong for your kids! Just let it out and be open to them... they usually feel it anyway! Wishing you lots of positive energy & thoughts! XO. Vera

  10. Oh hang in there I can't imagine having to say good bye like that you and your family are in my thoughts a prayers!

    love you


  11. aw :( i hope time will fly by faster than ever and that joseph will be home and safe in what will feel like no time! all my love to you and your family! xo

  12. I said it all in my email to you, but please know I meant everything I said. I love you and I'm here for you. My heart is breaking for you right now. Everything WILL be ok, Linds! It really will. You are so strong. And you have a mountain of support from your girls! XOXO

  13. oh god, I have tears in my eyes! I will pray for him often during his deployment and pray to help you be strong!
    You will get through this and if you need to talk - let me know. Im far away and I know you have a million other friends that can help you too - but Im here too if you need me!
    You are such a great person and Im glad to have you in my life now. You are great mother and a talented person. Use your energy on positive things as craft and your beautiful children! they are so adorable and cute :)
    Lots of love, thoughts and hugs
    Maria <3

  14. oh no sorry he had to go, but we are here to keep you occupied!


  15. heyy love. I am praying for you and Joe and the kiddies. it will go by so fast, and then he'll be back home, safe and sound.
    if you need anything at all just let me know, even if it's just to talk or rant or you need a good knock-knock joke. ;]
    loveeeeyou!!! <3

  16. What a hard time you must be having now! Good luck getting through it - you are in my thoughts.

  17. I'm so sorry Lindsay! I know from experience how hard it is. You are strong and will make it through this. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


  18. Thinking of you and wish you a very quick 6 months until he is back home and safe with you and your darling kids!
    Love you~

  19. These pics made me cry Linds, just know that I am just a call or text away! I will be praying for Joe, You and the kids! Love you and if you need anything, I will do my best to help you out!

  20. These first six months of the year have gone by super fast, &i'm sure the next six will too! Thinking of you & your family :)
    (I'm a new-ish blog reader, but your pics/post still brought tears to my eyes
    much love
    Cheray x

  21. Sending prayers and hugs your way! : )

  22. my thoughts are with you and yours. you're a brave lady and a a good mom and you should all be proud of yourselves.

  23. I'm so sad for you :(. I hope this time just flies by and that your hubby makes it there and back safely! Keep your head up girlie!

  24. I'm sorry, I know it is hard. It will get easier, but right now it is ok to cry! If you need me you have my number and you know where to find me! I will let you tell me when you are ready, I don't want to intrude. **Sonja**

  25. You are amazing and strong and wonderful and AWESOME and is hard as it seems, you will get through it :) Time is going to fly by ! I love you boo!!
    janelly belly :)

  26. He'll be back in no time. You'll see.

  27. Oh Lindsay I am actually sitting here with tears in my eyes, I can't imagine how hard this is on you!!! Everyone is right though, the time will fly by and Joseph will be home safe and sound before you know it!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Debbie :)

  28. this is my second time reading your post. Last night I started reading and then looked at the picture of Kayley and Joseph. I had to log off. The tears started flowing and I couldn't stop. this time I skipped the pictures.

    I wish you the best in these months ahead. I know you will be strong and amazing!
    Love ya and I am here for you. gina

  29. awww. im so sorry! i cant even imagine how you must be feeling. im glad you have the kidos to kinda keep your mind off of it a little bit.
    just remember, you do have all of us to help you too. please email me anytime! love you girl, and i know it will get easier! keep telling yourself that.
    and by the way, those photos are just great!!! i love them! so sweet. :)

  30. hey Lindsay. I hope you're feeling better now. Just did a quick prayer for your family. Trust in the Lord and know that Joseph's gonna be fine, and that your family's gonna get on fine too! Start counting down to the day he's gonna be back! It will be soon! :)

  31. Heartbreakingly beautiful!
    I know 6 months is a really long time. (right now my sisters spends 4 months away from home) And it's hard. I miss my sister a lot. I can only imagine how hard it must be to see you husband go away.
    But on the other hand. If you keep busy... it's over before you know it. And I also know that everybody says that, and that it doesn't make it any easier.
    But you'll be okay. And If you feel sad and alone. Just give your daughter a very very big hug. 'cause that's really the only thing that helps: hug.
    Hang in there :-)


  32. Oh my goodness! I had chills and tears in my eyes while reading this and looking at your pictures. You and your family are definitely in my prayers!!

  33. a long time ago n a galaxy far away when i worked at the CDC on the base w/ women from all over the world & their children. i witnessed this sad situation all the time. i realize it's gonna sound trite, but this test will prove how strong and independent u R & can B.truly!

  34. Aw I will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers! I'm so sorry that you are going through this right now! I know that the times my older brother was deployed, I cried my eyes out when he was leaving. I can only imagine how much harder it was for you to see your husband off! I'm sending you lots of warm fuzzies right now!! I hope that you hear from him very soon!!

  35. It'll go by sooner than you think. Thinking of you xx

  36. I hope he comes back safely. Here in the UK the feelings are always the same when families have to say goodbye to their loved ones. xxx

  37. oh my darling.... I can't even imagine what you're going through right now but your girls are here for you..

    I'm only a text away and if you ever need it, I will call you the second you give me a smoke signal! iloveyou so much!

  38. The pics of your daughter & hubby are so cute. It's great that you have some pics to remember the day. I'll be thinking of you. I'll be sending you a letter soon.

  39. Awe Lindsay, I'm so sorry he left :( Your post made me teary eyed. He'll be back before you know it. I know that doesn't make it any easier. We all thank him for defending our great country!

    Hugs girl!

  40. Good luck sweet pea. I hope the six months zips by.

  41. many prayers going out to your family.
    My heart broke looking at the photos.
    Thank you to your husband and your family for your sacrifices for us. ((HUGS))

  42. I am so sorry. Those pictures are adorable and heartbreaking at the same time. I have only the best thoughts for you and your family. Everything will be okay :)

  43. Aw, seeing this post and all these comments made me teary :( I cant imagine how much you will miss him, and your little ones must miss their daddy too. This year has went in to quick and I hope the rest of the year does too, and you will have your man back to you soon :) he is doing a great job for the country, I bet you are so proud! xx

  44. Lindsay, I found your blog while on my daughter, Amber's blog. I would like to say how proud I am of your husband for his service to our country. Please give him thanks from a total stranger. People do not fully realize the sacrafices a military family makes and I want to thank you as well for being a huge part in his service. God bless you and your beautiful family. Rick

  45. beautiful pictures of the kid saying breaks my heart. I know we will be doing this soon enough. My husband deploys in January (we are Air Force too)

  46. Beautiful...I weld up as I read your post. God bless your family.

  47. Now that I have wiped away all of my tears..... I will be praying for you and your family. I remember when my brother had to leave for 6 months when his first born was only 1 month old. It was so hard for them.

    I would love to keep you busy during this long 6 months. You have inspired me to try some of the pretty tape. Maybe you can help me run a contest. Project Pretty Tape. Let me know if you want to participate or help host.

    In my prayers! Much love and hugs your way~ Tara @ Trendy Treehouse

  48. I am a new follower.. and although I haven't read much yet, I teared up just reading and seeing these pictures.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    I am looking forward to getting to know you more, and I hope we can all be a huge support to you and yours while your husband is deployed!

    :))) HUGS!

  49. found your blog on Trendy Treehouse, reading and crying while at work. Those pictures and your story are so touching! I agree with the above post, I haven't read much but I am a new follower after seeing this one post!
    Keep your chin up


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