When Dad Comes Home

by adustyframe ~ February 16th, 2010


“When Dad comes home….” is a popular topic of conversation around here.

I look back at the times when I said, “It will be one more winter, one more spring, one more birthday, and then Daddy should be home.”

I’m thankful that my child isn’t messed up! That’s been one of my huge prayers. “Dear Lord, please don’t let this mess him up.” I still pray that.

While we wait, we sometimes talk about what we’ll do when he comes home.

When Lee was 1st gone it was a cowboy vacation. James loved cowboys and we thought about traveling to some places in the West and doing all the fun cowboy things. James thinks he’s too grown up for that now. We still may do it simply because it was a promise Lee made to a very little James.

We talk about doing all the things that mom is too chicken to do or won’t do.

Last week, James said, “Hey Mom, when Dad comes home, I want to go a lot of places. I want to see Mount Rushmore. I want to go camping. I want to go to Paris. Yeah, let’s go to Paris first.”

I laughed out loud at my big dreamer. Paris huh?

I told him, “I’m pretty sure we can go camping and I’m pretty sure we can go to Mount Rushmore, but I don’t know if we’ll make it to Paris.”

I wonder if he thinks Daddy coming home will be like having all his dreams come true. While all your dreams are coming true, you may as well go to Paris right?


6 Thoughts Shared to When Dad Comes Home

  1. Pam

    That is one precious child!!! I think he would enjoy Mt. Rushmore and all of the surounding area…..we went there often when I was a child. My husband had never been there so we went 6 years ago. It’s a very easy drive…..pretty cheap and lots and lots
    of wildlife to see. He is so bight I know he’d have a ball…..
    As I keep saying….soon and very soon Lord Please…
    God Bless, Pam, South Bend

  2. Christy

    James is precious. Maybe you could be creative and stage a night in Paris at home to celebrate. 🙂 A bistro dinner, white twinkly lights, a piece of newsprint with the Eiffel Tower drawn on it and hung on the wall, learn some French words, etc. 🙂

  3. Christina

    I was thinking along the lines of Christy. Do Paris George Bailey style! I think it is wonderful that after so much time and so many let downs that he still gets excited about the day Dad will be home. That is an awesome testament to how you guys have raised him.

  4. Janet

    James is a wonderful, precious, loving boy. God let him be that way as a comfort and companion for you, I think.You don’t have to be a kid to be a cowboy. I live in Tucson, AZ. You can visit us. We have a whole week of rodeo days. Kids are even out of school. We have rodeo, parade w lots horses and no motors (old fashioned wagons and carts are decorated). The city of Tombstone is great w cowboy action all day long. Even the Old Dutchman mine is fun. Looking for the gold the Old Dutchman hid. You can vacation while working on a ranch. Don’t let the cowboy dreams end.

  5. Prairie Rose

    Okay, you have the perfect trip opportunity. You drive to Mt. Rushmore and along the way there or back you stop at the Little Houses, at a minimum Walnut Grove and De Smet. And while you’re out there you go do cowboy stuff. Like at Deadwood… and Wall Drug… and the other such activities that are plentiful in that part of the state. Then you have his current wish of Mt. Rushmore, the Little House trip you both have been wanting to take, and Lee’s promise of a cowboy trip all tied up in one. Could it be any more perfect? :o)

    Hey! That sounds like a plan!

  6. Jenn

    Your boy is so precious!