Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Reality of farewell

Sunday our churches celebrated my husband's Call to them by hosting a farewell dinner.  The beautiful  flowers, tons of food and tears streaming down faces was a sight to behold!  We thank Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church for the years of hospitality in the U.P of Michigan!  Later that day we hosted a farewell cook-out/graduation party for my 17 year old daughter at the parsonage... huge success!  120+ people celebrated with us and we even had three seminary friends (and families) travel to be a part of the festivities.

Then reality hits.  Quiet.  We are leaving. 

My heart is breaking.  Three months away from my sweet husband.  I just want to touch him.  Remember every detail of his face.  Three months.  Reality.  


  1. I know that on this side of the separation it seems like forever, but it will pass. You will make it.
    Do try and go to the spouse's seminar at the end, you will LOVE it!! You will learn so much that will prepare you for the future.
    Praying for you, my friend!

  2. Hi CH and Mrs Wright,

    Thanks so much for posting this blog. I am about 2 months behind CH Wright in the process of becoming a Chaplain. I just got my call that the May board selected me for Active Duty. Now, I'm waiting on the call about my assignment. It's nice to have an account of someone who has already gone through the process so I have an idea of what/when to expect calls and orders. I will be joining CH Wright at CH-BOLC for July and August as I have already completed the first 2 phases. I'll look forward to meeting you there CH Wright.

    Mrs. Wright, I don't know if you are able to leave the kids, but when I was at CH-BOLC for CIMT and Phase I, my wife came and stayed a weekend with me. It was really nice to see her right in the middle of training. You'll have to wait until you have a training schedule to see what weekends he will have free, but I'm sure he'd enjoy a visit.

    I look forward to reading your updates in the future.
    God Bless,
    Chris Groenendal

  3. I was just thinking about last summer for us while Matt was at ch-bolc. It was tough for me as it will be for you and is for everyone. But I was realizing that for me one of the reasons it was difficult is that I did not feel a part of the army yet. Matt had started his army career, but I was not a part of it yet. As we look ahead to his year long deployment starting in Nov. I think one thing that will be better (even though it's longer) is that I have much more of a sense of belonging in the army now. And I'll have lots of friends going through the same thing - instead of being surrounded by people, who even though they are great and loving, just can't relate. It's late and I'm rambling, but maybe these are some helpful thoughts for you. God bless,