I am hoping to keep you updated on what is going on with Corey while he is away and how the kids and I are coping with him being deployed for such a long time. I would love all of you to email him and or send him letters of encouragement while he is in Iraq. I will let you know how to do that very soon.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Corey and I are devastated over this upcoming deployment but we know and believe that God is in complete control of our lives and that He will make this situation into something good. We have had some time to process the news and now are just wanting to get it over with. No more waiting! Corey is in New Jersey right now for the month of January doing some training. The first two weeks has mostly been some intense language classes. He calls everyday with some new words he has learned 🙂 We miss him terribly and are anxious to spend 2 weeks with him before he leaves for Iraq. We even have a surprise trip for the kids! Great Wolf Lodge! SHHHHH…..
The kids and I will be moving to Ohio for the year. We are torn, wanting to stay here but needing the extra support at home, always having a second (and third) pair of hands and eyes will be helpful! We are looking to the positive and finding the good things that will come about by being in Ohio. Being nearer to family is at the top of the list. We hope to be able to visit with some family that we do not get to see often. I am also looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends! We are planning on doing lots of field trips and hope this year goes by extremely fast so we can see our Daddy again!
The Lord does have a plan, one we may not understand, but one we can trust! There is no other way I could make it through this year without the knowledge of Him who has called us according to His purposes….of Him who gives us hope that His ways are not my ways and that He causes all things to work out for His glory and our good! God’s will is the only place we want to be and if it is His will for Corey to be in Iraq for one year, we must trust Him. Thank you to all who are praying. Please continue to pray for his safety.
Jan 22 Corey is actually having a good time in NJ. He is preparing to go to a war.. I guess when it is just practice, it is fun! Language training, Defensive driving courses being chased by bad guys and shot at with paint guns, medical training where he will be giving an iv to an actual person!!ahhhhh… don’t people have months of training for this kind of stuff 🙂 and of course, weapons training! Sounds like an all out guys weekend! In all of this, we realize that the time is coming fast. I feel like I have run out of time. We had a few months to go when we found out and now we have only a few weeks. God has a plan… and we will trust Him…
I came across a blog tonight of a “former christian” now totally against the Bible and God. I have never seen or read anything like it. It made me so sad, angry, but sad, wondering… what happened to this person….. I am so thankful that WE HAVE A HOPE… We could not even begin to tell you how He is the only reason we are held together right now! HOPE. Jesus is real, God is real, Heaven is real, Hell is real. Corey is in His Hands and that is the safest place to be!!!
January 27 We have only 2 days until we see Corey! We are so excited to get him home even if for a short time. He has finished up his classes with medical training and much target practice! Gen 31:49 May the Lord watch between you and me while we are absent one from another. And we are confident that is just what HE is doing and what HE will continue to do as we dive into this new season of our lives.
February 18 The day has finally arrived. Time flies but I think we are ready. We have had many days to prepare ourselves and we have been diligent in usinig our family time wisely. We are definitely all sad around here but know that the Lord is watching out for my sweet husband and our family. Corey will be traveling for the next 24 hours. Pray for his safety and rest. He will be flying to Germany, Italy, and then Kuwait. It will be a LONG day for him. It still feels so unreal “Corey will be in Iraq today”…. Crazy! I miss him desperately! We are going to count down 6 months. Sounds better than a year right! We get to see him in 6 months for 15 days! We are making BIG plans 🙂 If anyone is interested in mailing him a care package or sending encouraging emails let me know and I will give your his personal information! Anything to make his time go faster as it must be harder on him than us. Psalm 36:5.6 Your Love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.
March 13 2009. We are missing Corey so much every day but we are very thankful that the communication has been terrific! Technology is amazing. We get to speak on the telephone daily and it sounds as if he were next door. We also get to video chat every afternoon with him! The kids each take turns talking to Daddy! It is wonderful that we all can see each other on a daily basis! Corey has settled in to his new home for a year as have we! We are so proud of Him and are counting the days until his return. We will get to spend two weeks with him in September or October so we are anxiously awaiting his return. Care packages and letters are most welcomed. You can email me for his address! Continue to pray for his safety. We appreciate each and every one of you who have encouraged us by praying and thinking of our family.
March 23 Corey will be traveling to a base in Bagdad this week. Pray for safety!
May 3 Besides being in IRAQ and missing his family desperately… Corey is doing well. The days do not go by fast enough but we are very thankful to continue to have the technology of today. We do not miss a day in talking with him, somtimes by video, sometimes by phone and sometimes just chatting….