Friday, March 18, 2011

More News from the Home Front

In my last post I said I wasn't going to up and run unless I had to. I still don't feel like I'm "running" but we are leaving Japan tomorrow- Mallory and I anyway. After lots of (very sensationalized) news reports, all sorts of speculation, time with wives spreading a bit or truth and a bit of rumor, I finally lost my grip on it all on Thursday. I just had my own little version of a nuclear meltdown.
Brett had flown the night before and we'd had *yet another* quake that I felt (this was the 2nd one in 2 nights at about 10:30 and they are just so freaky to feel, esp when you don't know if it is gonna be another big one). It, combined with all the things I've heard about the nuclear plants, and learning that a few more friends had left town, I had a break down. When Brett got home, I cried to him and voiced my concerns over everything. I KNOW we are safe here right now, but the nuclear plants are still not under control, and things COULD get bad. I totally trust what our military is telling us, but the thing is, no one really knows what will happen. It's a fear of the unknown. So, with having the responsibility of being mommy to an 18 month old, we decided it was time for us to go home for a bit.
Sooo...Mallory and I are on a flight to the USA tomorrow. It will be a LOOOONG day of travel-I have to take a van to the airport with crazy traffic, wait in the crazy airport along with half the rest of the country, and fly a 13 hour flight to New York, have a 5 hour lay over and fly to DFW. Oh, and I get to do all that with a dog and a baby. Yay.
But, we will be safe and that is the most important thing. The hard part of all this- I have to leave my husband here. I know that it is his job to stay and help. It's what he WANTS to do. It's what they long to do as military personal (I don't mean he sits around wishing for natural disasters, but you know what I mean). He flies a cargo plane- they airlift supplies like water and food and blankets and rescue crews into ravaged places. He wants to do that with all his heart. I love him for that. But I hate to leave a place b/c there might be nuclear fallout, knowing my husband could be smack in the middle of it all. But I also know if and when it gets really bad (please pray it never does) they will get the military out before that.
Anyway, I just wanted to tell everyone our plans. Mal and I will hang out in Texas for a while until things cool down here (literally, we hope). Maverick is coming with us, and will be a Texas resident for a while (he'll just stay with my parents until we leave Japan in a year). Wish us well, pray for Japan. We love you all.


  1. Oh, Kim. You guys and everyone else in Japan have been in my thoughts and prayers. I know coming home without Brett will be hard, but you are both doing the best you can. Safe travels.

  2. Kim, I hope you have a safe flight home. I will be praying for you guys and Brett. You have to do what is best for you and Mallory. Better to get out now just in case. Hugs!

  3. After watching the news everyday, I instantly think of you guys and have been wondering if you'd be heading back to the U.S. I'm glad that you and Mallory (and Maverick) will be safe and I'm so thankful that Brett feels called to serve in times like these. I'm praying for you all.

  4. Good luck with your long day(s) of traveling. I'm thinking about you! XOXOXOXO!

  5. Wade asks me everyday if you have posted an update on things. I understand how you feel and think you made a good decision for you and M. Be safe! If you head down to K-town...let me know and we can get together for lunch!

  6. I've been worried about you there and know it's got to be so very difficult to leave your hubby, but I think some time away right now will hopefully make you feel a bit more safe. Sending prayers for a safe trip back here to Texas.