He's Home and Menu Monday

Well...we've survived another deployment!!  You might think that each time it would somehow get easier but it definitely doesn't.  Each time brings its own unique challenges but God is good and I'm ever so thankful for His grace!! 

Without getting into all the crazy military lingo, while this wasn't our first deployment, but it was our first time to have the opportunity to be pier side when the ship pulled back in!  It was SUCH a neat experience and I'm so thankful we got to do it!
Here you can see the boat as they were almost pier side!  They had been "manning the rails" or standing around the perimeter like that for quite a long time!!

This is us waiting thru all the stuff that has to be done before they are allowed off the boat.  Hubby was standing directly in front of us!!  We could see him and he could see us!! 

My first hug!!!

the boys running to their daddy!!
This time is definitely different in that hubby is stationed about 6 hours away from us.  So he got to come home for 2 weeks and then had to go back to the ship.  The ship schedule is very demanding and not always flexible at all but we are hopeful that we will get to spend at least a few days a month together while they are in port.  Certainly not easy but we are confident that we are walking the path that God has called our family to and so we are walking in trust.  Trusting that God's plans for our family (while hard to see or understand right now) are good and looking forward excitedly to the day our family can be under the same roof again!!
While home on leave,  John laughed one day and told me that one of his favorite things he'd seen since being home was the menu on the fridge from the end of March!!  Haha!!  Oops!  So I figured it was time to get it together and get back to menu planning!! ;)
Here's what will fuel our summer fun this week....
Crockpot Creamy Chicken & Rice w/ Green Beans
Bisquick Chicken Parm over Pasta w/ Salad
Breakfast for Dinner ~ Biscuits w/ Sausage Gravy & Scrambled Eggs
Make Your Own Pizzas
BBQ Sandwiches & Green Beans
Hope everybody's week is off to a wonderful start!!  Don't forget to click on the linked meals to check out the recipes!!
Happy Monday!
But he said to me, "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me.
~2  Corinthians 12:9~