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God Bless all of you and your families of our men who serve in the military. What wonderful brave men to serve and protect our country putting their lives on the line for Americans whom they have never even met. Loving and providing for their families back home. And , what wonderful strong women who wait for their safe returns. God Bless You All , You Are All America's Angels.

I stumbled into your blog today when I found your swaddling cloth pattern, then something caught my eye... I didn't know you where a Army wife until I seen, My longest year: Tonight I cried and I knew in my heart you, like me are a Military wife. This post touched my heart as I remembered my longest year - the tears, reaching out in the darkness and touching the side of the bed left empty, not knowing where he was the list is endless.. Yes this is an older post on your blog, but I just wanted to say Bless you and yours...

God bless you Crystal. This is my first time at your blog. Thank you for sharing your heart, family, faith, and creations.

You have made my day and I am inspired.


I stumbled on this site looking for a crochet beanie pattern for my granddaughters (you had the perfect one by the way). I have watched one of my daughter's best friends deal with her husband being deployed and also one of my best friends dealing with a son being deployed. As part of the nation your loved ones protect, please allow me to say how grateful I am that I live in a country with men like your husband. And how grateful I am to the families like yourself who put themselves through hell so my grandchildren can be save. You are in my prayers. Nothing can begin to repay the sacrifice our armed forces make for us, nothing.

My husband is in the military too. Although we don't live together now (he's in Nevada and I'm in Utah) I know it's going to be even harder during his deployment next year.

Me and my 3 month old son are about to say goodbye to my husband. He leaves for Afghanistan in the next few weeks. I dont know how I am going to explain to my son on his first birthday why his daddy isnt here. I hate that his first swim in the pool will be with his grandpa or uncle instead of his father. I dont want to take him to the "mommy and me" day at the zoo. And I hate that I am scrapbooking an album of just the two of them, so I can show him how much his daddy loves him in the chance that his daddy never comes back.

God bless you & your family. We live next to Ft Sill, Ok. We see a lot of this & it never gets easy. You are in my prayers & thank you for what you both do.

You made me cry too. Checking the date, I see I'm crying three years later. You're so brave all of you. And you are very kind to tell, it's a thing I never think about, because I don't know anyone who have experienced it (except my great grandmother whos husband didn't come back in the 1940's). I'm so glad for stopping by. All my love to you. God bless you!

I just found your blog and you have made me cry. I am an Air Force wife trying to make it through his first deployment "over there" as I have been calling it. He has been gone almost two weeks and I thought it would get a little easier as the days go by, but it hasn't. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. May God bless you and I will keep you all in my prayers always.

I just stumbled onto your blog and I loved it immediately. I am an Air Force wife and have been through a couple delpoyments as well. We have no kids yet so that makes it easier but nothing ever makes it easy. I love meeting women who understand what each other go through and what you do with your sewing nights is AWESOME! We are currently stationed in Korea and I had to come because I knew I couldn't go without him one more time if I could help it. Keep up the good work, your crafts a great and your spirit is beautiful!

I cannot tell you how much I can relate to your longest year. My husband deployed to Iraq in March 2003, one week before our son's first birthday and 6 months before our daughter was born.

The way my son missed his daddy, still can bring me to tears. My daughter was so eager for the attention from ANY man at 4 months old it was almost (if not so sad) comical.

Now, it is crazy as we are on another deployment to Iraq. Now my children are 5 and 3. I am not sure what was harder. I suspect this separation harder on him.

I too sat and cried while my husband put our son to bed. We held each other and I cried that evening. At 4 am he got up to leave us, as he left I cried so hard I thought I was going to vomit. I can imagine how hard I would have cried if he died.

The hardest thing I have ever done in my life was watch my husband walk away to go serve in Iraq. Knowing that he may not be able to walk back. Controlling myself from running and grabbing his legs like and child, begging him not to go. Knowing he has to go and I have to allow him the strength of seeing me let him, but his knowing I do not want too.

Face it, this is quite nearly the worst part of being in the military. Moving all over and not seeing family is easy compared to this!

Thanks for reminding me that I am not alone!


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