Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Where do I begin.. This week has been the most challenging, exhausting, and emotional week I have had since I first found out my mother was sick. For all of my avid followers, you know that my mama is very sick. When we were still in Georgia, Justin submitted a compassion reassignment, in order to be closer to my mother, so we could help care for her. Due to Justin's unit being so back and forth, we made the decision to pull the packet and submit it once we arrived at Justin's new duty station. Well.. apparently the packet was never pulled, and in fact sent off to brigade. Due to those possible pending orders, we were never suppose to leave Justin's duty station in Georgia. They weren't supposed to let him leave... yet here we are settling in Texas. We just found out early this evening that the compassion reassignment was approved! As exciting as it was to find that out, we have a lot of calls to make here in the next 24 hours. I am praying everything works out and that we will soon be on our way to Washington. I will update everyone once we know what we are dealing with completely.

The second shock and rather sad news of the day is that my mama is not coming to Georgia. I can't believe it. Her healthcare provides are strongly suggesting against it because of new health conditions my mom is facing. She called me bawling, and I held it together for her. I miss her so much, and I know she misses me and Ava. I told her about the compassion reassignment news, and she seems elated and relieved. Hopefully it won't be too much longer for us to reunite. I truly believe that God has a master plan for us Howlands. I am fully prepared to let go and let god in this situation.

The third set of news we got today were about Justin's grandfather. I know I didn't post about it, but for those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you may have seen my post. Arthur had extremely poisonous bed sores. He's a stubborn man and hadn't had them looked at when they first came about. The doctors gave him two options, get the surgery or slowly die from the poison in his blood stream. He chose the surgery and I am relieved to say that he made it through his surgery. They have him in recovery now, but we won't know more about the status of his health until tomorrow.  

On a slightly less serious note, Ava bug had her first go round with butternut squash this evening. With all the things going on right now, this was just what Justin and I needed to mellow out. Watching our girl taste something new is always comical. I'm not sure how she feels about them yet, but we made them homemade and they smell delicious. I can't believe in just six days, I'll have a seven month old baby. She truly has been such a blessing, and she is the best distraction when stressful days are among us.

I just wanted to update everyone on my life right now. I'm still enrolled into three different courses, so it looks like I am off to get some reading done. Again, thanks to everyone that has been praying for our family. I truly believe your prayers do wonders and make the biggest difference in our lives. Happy Wednesday all!

♥- Leilani

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