In the back of my mind there is always a sense of worry and concern that I think naturally goes along with being a Military wife and honestly most of the time I keep it to myself and go about my daily routine. I think overall it is better emotionally for the girls when they see me strong and supportive. Although keeping up strong and supportive for ten months is quite a challenge at times. I am not going to lie there are days that staying in bed sounds a whole lot more fun then trying to make single parenthood work one more day.
We have gotten in the routine of doing the blog together and they know exactly how much time until we see dad again. I get a kick out of the little fights over who will be on the blog for the day so dad can see what they are doing. It’s a very big event in our house most days. Today marks almost exactly the half way point and with that comes a little sense of “finally we are headed into the home stretch”!
We are so very proud to have a husband and dad who decided not to sit and to stand up for what he believes in. And although we hardly talk at all because of Chris’ circumstances we wanted to let him know that we are still counting the days and know almost exactly when you will be home to walk besides us again.
This Mama has called in for a huge favor in the form of a whole 48 hours with no little people around at the end of the month. I will be taking a glorious two days and traveling back to the thriving metropolis of Lincoln, NE to see what is sure to be the concert of the year.
I probably would have given away a Kidney to have to whole weekend to myself but luckily I didn’t have to do that and only had to take in these three crazy extra girls for a night or two….piece of cake!
Heading a new direction, both personally and professionally over the past few months has been quite the test! Overall, the family is doing well and I think that we’re maintaining a passing grade: Chris and I continue to operate as a unit, even from afar, and the girls have settled relatively well into our ‘new normal’. From a personal perspective it’s required a great deal of determination, friends, treats of various definitions – and the occasional chainsaw. Add in the patience I’ve had to summon from the professional perspective, and it must qualify me for some kind of sainthood!
Although I am excited about changing my focus to fine art photography, working on my new website has required more time and effort then I ever imagined! People in the know tell me that this is not unusual but the optimist in me thought I would have it up and running long before now. Fortunately I have not been traveling alone on this long, and very winding road: Chris, for his part, continues to be my biggest supporter and I most certainly could not have done this if it weren’t for his willingness to support me heading this direction in the first place, his incredible faith in me, and well, his persistent questioning as to when I would have it up and running! (Motivation comes in all forms!).
I’ve also had a tremendous amount of help from my good friend and personal marketing guru, Sue Linroth! Sue has been there from the day one, with a calming voice amid the chaos and a business mindset that I had not previously had a chance to appreciate. She was my constant business companion, making sure that we got through the seemingly endless list of to-dos, and that we kept moving forward!
The journey, although long, has been a good one and I’m pleased to announce that Jennifer Mecca Photography officially has a new home! I think that you’ll find that each photo in my collection, not unlike this blog, has a story to tell, when one takes a moment to stop and listen. Stories of people, of places and things, of natural beauty and the beauty of nature. Stories of the unhurried, unscheduled, time spent and days gone by. Stories you will only hear at www.jennifermeccaphotography.com. Please take a moment to look and listen and let me know what you think.
Yesterday I somehow stepped into the role of team photographer. I think when you constantly carry around a pretty decent camera and sort of look like you know what you are doing you get nominated for such things and I would have to admit it’s a pretty good day when I get to combine three of my passions, Olivia, baseball and photography.
With almost two weeks with no word from our number one I finally heard from her yesterday in Panama. I got a quick call around lunch time and then there were some pictures posted on FB. Oksanna is doing great. They have spent the last week and half on an a little island off of the mainland doing ministry and VBS for the kids and meeting all kinds of new people. Today they are back in Panama City and headed off to the jungle to visit some other villages. Per Oksanna, she is having an amazing time and is loving the work she is doing and she wanted to give Dad her dad a shout out too and tell everyone she misses them.
Keeping busy is the name of the game this summer. Keeping busy means time goes a little faster thus meaning less time to worry about dad being gone. I think we ran so much last week that it all finally caught up with little miss thing… (some days even princess’ need a nap)