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The Heartbreak Of Deployment – And The Love Of Jesus

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Today was one of those days that military wives/mothers call “heartbreaking.” Today, my youngest child, Little Caveman cried and cried not wanting to be consoled simply because he “misses daddy.” Little Caveman, at the tender age of two is in the midst of his second long deployment – again separated from his daddy for a long, long time. He woke up from his nap wailing and crying, “I want my daddy! I want my daddy!” 

That is the heartbreaking part. 

But let me tell you about the LOVE of Jesus!

The LOVE of Jesus is real, it is alive at work in the hearts and minds of those who call him Lord. Even in the midst of the pain and tears of missing daddy today, Little Caveman would experience the LOVE of God in a major way. 

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 

Below you will see one way that Jesus LOVED on our precious children today, and as always, His LOVE is ON TIME!

  Little Caveman today with his new pillow!
When he saw this, the tears went away:)
Prince Charming with his new pillow :)

Princess with her new pillow :)
The LOVE of Jesus manifested through our children!
About Carlie Kercheval

Carlie Kercheval is a happily married work-at-home homeschooling mom. She and her college sweetheart have been blessed with 3 precious children to raise while traveling the world as a military family. Carlie is the founder of Today's Frugal Mom™ and Managing Your Blessings. She is also the co-author of the Learning to Speak Life™ family Bible studies and co-founder of Fulfilling Your Vows. When she is not busy enjoying her family and the great outdoors, you can typically find her cozied up somewhere under a blanket with a good book. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.


  1. Beautiful, Carlie!

  2. Hugs to all of you. Those days are the toughest! It's one thing for YOU to miss Him, but when it really hits the kids and there's nothing you can say or do, sometimes only a God thing like the pillows help! A few years back my daughter was having one of those moments(she was about 3 and a half–she's 9 now)and the same thing saved us too! I was in bed literally praying…asking God to give me SOMETHING to help her. And we got our "daddy pillow" that night out of one of the pillows he normally used and one of his Tees. I tell you that pillow has traveled with us, been to restaurants and gotten its own seat, gone to theme parks with us, etc., etc. It's so worn out now, its not even funny, but she won't go anywhere without it. Thank God for helping us find ways to help the little ones through!

  3. That is awesome!

  4. Carlie, my heart goes out to you and your children. We have been there and I completely understand.

    I just love, love, love the pillows! Before my husband left on his last deployment, he had made a build a bear with each child with his voice recorded inside saying a goodnight message. That had a disadvantage, though. They played them so much that the batteries went dead pretty quickly! :-)

    I will keep you all in my prayers!

    Many blessings,

  5. @ Everyone – thanks for the kind comments :)

    @ Lisa – Yes, my husband always makes build-a-bears for each (I have a video posted when they received the most recent :), DVD video recordings for each child (where he prays and reads the bible and their fave books, gives life advice, etc). This always helps the kiddos make it through all this time away from daddy :)

  6. These are adorable. We did pillow cases with pictures one year! So fun! And, I am sure Daddy will love those smiles when he sees that last picture.

  7. I remember those days all to well. It takes everything inside of you to stay strong for them as they cry out for daddy. I never had picture-pillows of them with their daddy, but what I did weeks before the deployment was take a shirt and make a special pillow case for each of the children and Patrick's smell would stay on the pillow!!
    My youngest would always go find his pillow and snuggle next to me.
    Those smiles that come after we talk with them and let them know that Daddy is OK and will be home soon! I know that they feel close to him because you have done a wonderful job of keeping him close to their hearts. God Bless!