Monday, June 20, 2011

Military dads

Sunday was Father's day. (I'm sure you are all aware)

As you all know my husband (and subsequently the father of my children) is currently deployed. On Father's day someone said something that all in one second, upset, angered and saddened me. Even though I know the words were not meant in the way they were received, and there was no malice or intent to offend, they stung none-the-less.

Since then I have been really thinking / dwelling on WHAT is a Military dad, and what is his role?

Granted I do feel like a single parent at times. Times generally when all 4 kids have 4 different activities in 4 different locations, yet all starting at precisely the same time.. :) However I am never alone in my parenting plight.

Whereas his role changes while he is deployed, obviously he can't take Paige to soccer practice, or run Garrett to get stitches, but he is always present. Every moment of my child's life regardless of circumstances, they have always known that their father loves them.

So what is a Military dad?

A Military dad
is still king of his castle (or rack, foxhole, birthing)
is always there (regardless of the miles between)
is a role model who teaches his child to stand up for what's right, defend what they believe in
is a hero in the truest form.

A Military dad
misses holidays
misses birthdays
misses births
misses his children with every fiber of his being

A Military dad
is there for holidays (via email, cards, letters, pictures)
is there for birthdays (even when it's over the phone)
is there for births (even if only in my heart)
is there for his children, provides for his children, and cherishes the moments he has

A Military dad
never becomes complacent (as he knows he could be pulled away in a moment)
never takes for granted the little things (even if that is sitting with a frustrated teenager and a algebra book.) 
never regrets the choices he made to serve and protect, not only his country, but his family.
never forgets what it means to be a military dad.

HAPPY (belated) FATHER'S DAY!!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ripley's got NOTHING on me


 Which of these events have actually happened in the Eagle household. Can you decide which are facts, and which were made up by my completely scattered brain??

Believe it...

All four Eagle children once fell with in 2 minutes of each other, all in different rooms, doing different things, 2 required stitches.

Connor grew 7 inches in one school year.

While swimming in a public pool Paige lost her contact.. about 10 minutes later.. she found it.

I got pulled over while driving through Texas, turns out I knew the guy! (no ticket)

I once sat next to Lenny Baker from ShaNaNa in a airplane and had no clue who he was.

Between my 4 kids, 6 different instruments are played, 2 of which you probably have never heard of.

Garrett learned the Pythagorean theorem in kindergarten.

Since 1994 we have housed over 25 animals. 

I've won tickets to 15 concerts, 4 circuses, 2 monster truck rallies, 3 trips to various amusement parks, and more sporting events then I can count, plus various cd's, movie tickets, dvd's ect.. all on the radio.

Connor and his best friend in first grade (also named Connor) were born on the same day, in the same hospital, and weighed the same amount.

My house almost burnt down and flooded in the same day, both were thwarted by my parents who happened to be visiting that week. 

Smokey has eaten 1 door, 3 cabinets, a chunk of dry wall, 3 pin cushions (with pins in them), carpet in two different houses, a baby gate, socks, flip-flops, underwear, and one very sad "Larry the Cucumber".

I once got my car started by using duct tape and a pony tail holder (take that mcGuiver!)

Garrett's favorite Color is 7.

Tanner is a Math Nerd groupie.. will travel long and far to see Arthur Benjamin. Plans on being  a Math professor at Harvey Mudd when he gets older.

Found out yesterday that I'm the commanding officer of the Navy.

believe it.. or....