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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
breaking news ...
... of change headed this way
... of unexpected "good-byes" coming
... of a new job ... in a faraway land
After the breakup of Gregg's engagement in February, he's been restless ... struggling to know where he should be, and what he should now "do" with his life. He's had a part-time job for 4 months, but some weeks he'll work only 10 hours, and other weeks 30+. He's applied for MANY other jobs, but nothing has come through ... until today.
As we are preparing for Lindsey to be home soon ...
we found out today that Gregg will be leaving.
As Lindsey returns from 6 months overseas ...
Gregg will be leaving for 6 months overseas.
As Lindsey is looking forward to time at home ...
Gregg is ready for a new adventure.
As Jeremiah will be returning from the M.East in May ...
Gregg will be returning to the Middle East next week.
(Shortly after Gregg came home from the Middle East
last June, Jeremiah left for the Middle East in August.)
The revolving door at the Big D house is swinging again.
Usually we have plenty of time to plan for these good-byes.
This time we have 1 week to help him pack his bags.
Usually we are just as excited as the kids are
for the new adventure they are headed out on.
This time, I really don't want Gregg to leave.
(After 4.5 years in the army, we have enjoyed
having him home for the past 9 months.)
Usually I can plan when the next time is
that the family will all be together.
This time I have no idea.
(So much for hopes of a family picture any time soon.
August 2007 was the last time we had all 10 bio. kids
together, and we've added 3 kids since then.)
Oh yea ... where is he going???
Gregg is heading to Qatar, to work with a security firm.
His first contract is for 6 months,
but he hopes to renew the contract and stay longer.
He promised me it will be much safer than the 2.5 years
he spent in Iraq. (This is supposed to keep mama happy.)
He says we can talk on Skype,
just like I do with the other kids.
Gregg is excited.
Mama is excited to see Gregg excited.
Yes, Lord ...
... they are Your children.
... we have always encouraged them to
follow their dreams.
... we have introduced them to Your world,
through books and movies and family discussions.
... we trust You to take care of them while they are gone.