Now that my knitting swap projects are done, I've been focusing on a few other projects. Miss Dainty is still up and down with emotions dealing with the deployment, which is expected, of course. I've been at a loss as to what to do to help her feel better about the situation. "Normal" deployment activities that I've heard of just won't work for us, such as a deployment count down. I know her (and myself.) It would not help us to see that we still have ### days left before Daddy comes home. I think that would be even more depressing.
So far, we've been dealing by just staying in the present. We talk about him every day, as if he would be coming home at normal time after dinner, not that we're expecting him to, and Miss Dainty does understand that it's going to be a long time, but we're just not dwelling on just how long it's going to be. And of course, we're staying busy. The weeks are flying by, and suddenly it's Sunday again, when it was just Sunday yesterday, it seems. This is definitely not a bad thing.
Anyhow, after talking to a friend of mine, whose husband is also deployed, I decided to try making a few things for the girls. The first is going to be a little pillow with a picture of them with Daddy. I found some iron on transfer paper in my craft stash and was happy to finally use it... (it's a few years old, at least, which is probably why it yellowed a little bit, but they won't care.) I'm going to let them pick what fabric they want to go on the back. The sheet was a freebie from a friend who just moved today. She gave me a ton of stuff, and I can't wait to put it to use. =) We're also going to make a scrapbook soon or a picture board. I haven't decided which, just yet. I will also be making some note cards to send to Mr Hubs that are ready to be written in and sent back.