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Who Said It?

"I know God won't give me anything I can't handle...
but sometimes I wish He didn't trust me so much."

Yes, some of you guessed right!

Mother Theresa is the originator of the above quote.
I have to come to love it!

Especially with what's going on in my life right now.
The Colonel reports to Ft. Benning, GA on December 12th. 

Not sure when he leaves for Afghanistan.  

I know you're all thinking the same thing as me...

Can't they wait for him till after Christmas?

But the Army works on a different schedule than we do.  
And I understand.

What's difficult for me is dealing with the reality that he'll be gone for a year.

You see I've already lost an important man in my life, my father, 
and his absence has created a hole in my heart.  
And now Phil is leaving.  

And the hole in my heart is slowly growing.  


  1. Oh my stars! My heart is heavy for you. Will he be in GA or does he have to leave the states? I will be praying for you and the children. I am learning the ups and downs of Military Life ~through my daughter. I am so sorry it has to be right before Christmas.

  2. Dear Lois, I wish he was able to leave after the holidays ~ this just seems to make it all harder. I imagine this Thanksgiving Day will be all the more special for all of you. Thoughts and prayers, dear friend!
    Love, ldh

  3. Mother Theresa... a wise, rare gem of a woman:) I know a year does seem like a very long time, but I think you'll be surprised at how quickly it will go by! I am dreading living life and Holidays around the Army's schedule if my son gets in!

  4. Oh Lois, my heart goes out to you. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. {{Hugs from the corn}}

  5. I am quickly learning...the military certainly has a brain of its own. My son is an airman and we've had several conversations that went something like, ME: "but I don't understand???" and HIM: "thats the Air Force, Mom??"

    We think he will be headed to Afghanistan in February - and I totally understand that empty hole in your heart. And I promise to be praying for you, your Col and your family. We can pray for one another.

    Sure know that you will be making the most the next week's holiday!! There is still MUCH to be thankful for....

    Have a beautiful weekend!!

  6. Bearing this will be tough. But, you know you are tough, so it'll be okay and he'll be back before you know it. And, we'll all keep you in our prayers.

  7. I wish I had something wise and profound to say to you Lois to make things easier for what you are going thru right now but I don't know what. I do know what you already know and that is that God will get you thru this. Just put your fears and worries in his hands and he will take care of the rest. I'll be praying for you and your family.
    Warm Hugs,

  8. Oh Lois,

    We will be in prayer for you. I don't know that kind of uncertainty nor that kind of trust...but GOD.

    These scriptures come to mind:
    Psalm 18:30-50

    And, Proverbs 18:10
    The Name of the LORD is a strong tower!

    How proud I am to know military families that keep us safe! May our Faithful Heavenly Father pour out unexpected blessings as you serve Him.

  9. Lois,
    I am praying for you and your family. We all give you hugs.


  10. Oh my heart hears you...I will definitely keep you all in prayer. Have a wonderful week-end. Blessings to you, Debbie

  11. Hi Lois,

    I am finally back in blogland and I feel sad for would have been so much easier if they had waited till after Christmas. It's easy to empathize with you since my late hubby got sent to VietNam twice, the last one when our middle child was only 5 weeks old!

    Mario, my beloved hubby in heaven, also spent most of his military career at Ft. Benning and three of our children were born there at Martin Army Hospital.

    We 'celebrated' Christmas in late October one of those tours!

    I will keep you in special prayer as well as praqying for your hubby's safety.

    blessings, hugs and comforting prayers,


  12. Lois, I want you to know that you will be in my prayers.
    I know that it is hard for a family to have someone missing over the holiday. Our son was gone for 2 yrs and we missed a lot of holidays.
    You keep the faith and GOD will get you through this.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  13. Hi Lois,
    I wish Phil could be home for the Christmas holidays but I know you will have a special Thanksgivig with him and the children.
    I have also lost a father and it's been just a year and a few days since Tom had open heart surgery. That was a scary time to go through.
    Thankfully we have a God that can see us through the greatest trials.
    You and the kids are in my prayers.
    How are they handling all of it?

  14. Aw...My heart really feels for you, God keeps putting you on my heart prayers are with you, your hubby, and your kids. I really pray for Gods all sufficient grace for you all during these hard times.
    Hugs Hugs and more hugs!!

  15. Hi Lois,
    We pray for you and your family every morning. I can't imagine how difficult this will be for you. I pray that the year slips by quickly for you and the children, and that you will have an extra special Christmas next year!

  16. I will certainly keep you in my prayers.

  17. Praying for you dear, Lois. God does indeed place a special kind of trust in military wives.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  18. My heart just hurts for you, I can only imagine how hard that would be. Praying for you, your hubby and children!

  19. Hi Sunshine, When Randy was deployed to Saudi Arabia it was the week before Thanksgiving. It was difficult, but would have been difficult no matter when it was.

    You know I am here praying for you, as are so many, and that God will sustain you all through this time of the Colonel's absence. May God bless you with special times of joy and togetherness before he leaves. I'm here any time you need to talk, sweetie.

    Love to you,

  20. Your head tells you one thing and you understand the circumstances, but your heart feels differently. I know how much you'll miss him; you and the children. I pray the time passes quickly until he's back home with you again.


  21. I tried to leave a comment on your post about Veteran's Day, but for some reason, it didn't work. Thank you to your dear husband for serving our country, and so sorry he has to leave.

  22. I LOVE that quote!!!!!!!
    Praying for you & your family, and hoping they can wait till after Christmas.

  23. God give you grace, peace and GodSpeed for it to go by quick!! I will keep you in my prayers :-)

  24. Morning Sunshine,
    I want you to know I pray for you all the time hon, cause I can't even imagine what it would feel like to know my husband had to be gone for a year! I do know what it was like for a month and that was hard for me, and what helped me was not looking at it from a whole month mentality but thinking that maybe it wouldn't be that long, and then just taking it one day at a time.
    A friend of mines son was suppose to be in Iraq for a year, and he was home in less than 6 months, so maybe Phil will be home before too. We can sure pray that! I have found that if I can break things down in bitesize pcs rather than looking at the whole, it helps to ease my troubles, and brings me more peace.
    Know we love you and care about you hon, and your blogging community of friends will be praying for you, and the children and for Phil's safety, as I am sure your church family and friends will be too.
    My heart hurts for you Sweetie, and
    I pray you have the most Blessed
    Thanksgiving together. Just remember it may not be a year, with God all things are possible.
    Love and blessings, Nellie

  25. The military is an excellent way to keep the stupid members of society off the streets.

    He will be gone for a year, but if he is injured or killed he will be home sooner.

  26. I'm sorry to hear that your husband will be gone for so long. I will keep you and your family in prayer. {hugs}

  27. Hi Lois
    I can't imagine the concern of having your husband go off for a year and put himself in danger. I will be praying for him and for you too! The same God who enabled Mother Teresa to say that is the same God that will be watching over Phil. Psalm 91 has always been a comfort to me when we have been going through scary time. I think it will bless you too.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  28. Ahp! Ahp! Ahp! Pull up! Pull up!
    Don't start missing him till he's really gone!
    Have a fantastic next-few-weeks- Live it up!
    Take lots of pictures so you can send secret snapshots to lift his spirits!
    Are you having Christmas before he leaves? Break out the Eggnog, Baby!

    I'll come back to pray with you on the 13th ;o)

  29. I imagine this Thanksgiving Day will be all the more special for all of you

    Work from home India

  30. How hard that would be. 'Gap Standers' [those who stand in the gap in the wall} are people of substance but so are the families who keep the candle burning for them at home.


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