I Love My Soldier: Face to Face

Jason was activated 01/31/2005
His deployment ended
and he returned home 05/13/2006
(a very long 15 1/2 months)


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Face to Face

I communicate with my husband ocassionally through emails, sometimes on the phone, but mainly we talk via our web cams. I see his face in this little box and hear his voice through my speakers (and vise versa). Sometimes we get bad connections and the camera locks up and we have to log out and back in. I wear a headset to hear him because if I dont he gets feed back in his speakers of his voice out of my speakers through the microphone (if that made any sense to you - but it sounds horrible so one of us must wear a headset and it is usually me 99% of the time - which is ok). Sometimes there is a small delay (but usually not too bad) and we can't have too much background noise either (which could mean a TV, radio - or people talking in the background) because if one of us does then sometimes you see a mouth move and NO sound. It's complicated, it's aggrivating, but it's the only option we have and I am so grateful that we have it!!!!! Oh we can also play games (tic tac toe, checkers, scrabble, pool, etc) and we can draw/doodle together too. We are doing everything we can to have fun and enjoy the time we get to spend together.

Here are a few screenshots to give you an idea of what I see when I talk to my Sweetie!

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Yes, this is the only time I see my husband's face, that I see his smile, this is it. I miss him so much and can't wait until the day that I can look at him face to face in person!


At 9:44 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

You guys look so good. Please tell me how you get the pictures. Do you take a picture with your camera, or is it something on the web cams. I would love to put pictures like that up. Thanks for sharing.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger ~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

Hey Stacy... taking a "screen shot" is easy.

Just click the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard. THEN go into a program like "Paint" (In windows go to Start - All Programs - Accessories - Paint. Once you are in "Paint" Select "Edit" then "Paste". Of course you will want to use the paintbrush feature (to black out your screen names or anything you want to black out). Then slect "File" "Save As" name your file (I change mine to JPEG instead of BMP). Then you have your pic! I upload my pics into Photobucket.com and use that program to post pics on my web site. I hope that helps. :-)

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous becky said...

Oh my gosh, I love that you can do this. I haven't seen my husband since he left in June. I am so happy that there are military wives out there that get to do this. You're in my thoughts!

PS. Is this at the Internet Cafe, or his personal laptop?

At 11:08 PM, Blogger ~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

It is his personal laptop. Yes we are very fortunate to have this available for him to use so the kids and I can see and talk to him.

I have visted your blog as well. You have a beautiful family! You, your husband, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as well.


At 3:34 PM, Blogger Peaceful Selah said...

Hi Deanne, I admire your strength and courage for taking a stand and finding work you can do in your home, so you have the benefit of being able to say with your kids while the most important person in your life is away! That demonstrates you have lots of commitment and dedication to your family!

I am a recent graduate of High School, and have been looking into options of "work and career" (what young person isn't?). And I noticed you did medical transcriptions - which you can do out of your home (as you do). This draws my attention, because while I do desire to be a wife (and mother, eventually) first and foremost, I would like to have something I could fall back on if the need was ever there. I was just wondering about the the job, overall, and if there were any prelimary requirements or if it had more of the on-the-job type training, and so on.

Again, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family! May His abundand blessings be yours!

At 7:44 PM, Blogger ~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

Maegan (Peaceful Saleh),

Thank you for your sweet comments. I have read your blog(s) and you are such an articulate and blessed young woman. It is obvious that God is going to do great and mighty works through you!

As far as the Medical Transcription... I previously worked at the University/Medical Center here for almost 9 years and got a lot of my experience on the job. When my oldest daughter (who is 11 now) was in kindergarden I realized I was running myself crazy trying to be mom, wife, and make a living outside of the home. I really prayed about finding a way to work from home and the Lord answered my prayers by showing me the world of being a Medical Transcriptionsit from home. Now I am able to be a WAHM (Work at Home Mom). I am currently subcontracted through a transcription service (They provide me with the work, I pay my own taxes, etc). The companies (and doctors) expect you to have some type of school training and/or experience before hiring you. It is not an easy job at all. Your knowledge of medical terminology, medicine, lab tests, human anatomy, etc must be pretty extensive. Of course with anything profession the longer you do it the more you know. You also get to know your doctors dictation habits and sometimes know what they will say before they ever say it (and how that particular doctor likes things done - each doctor is different). I have been working from home for the past 5 1/2 years and love it. However, since my son was born three years ago my work has slowed down. I am about to put him in three-year-old kindergarten three days a week half days (which will be good for him - and will help me to get more work done). I hope that answered your questions..

Take care and have a blessed day!

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Peaceful Selah said...

Thanks for the info, Deanne! That gives me an excellent overview of the job. I do enjoy the medical field (because you can help others), but science isn't my strongest point...which is not good for entering into that field. That definitely gives me another door I hadn't realized was there!

Your site is so sweet! The more I look at it, the more I realize how much you must miss Jason. But, you seem to be making the best of it and that makes a world of difference!

Is it alright if I add a link for your blog on my website? I honestly think that others can be encouraged by your blog!

How long has Jason been away? And how much longer (I know this is a guess, because I have a few friends overseas and a cousin in the military) is he expected to be gone?


At 10:04 PM, Blogger ~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

Maegan (Peaceful Saleh),

That would be great.. I will add you to my site as well.

If you look at the VERY bottom of my blog you will see the "Tickers" that show how long he has been gone, when he is coming home for R&R, and an (estimated) return date home.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger BayouMaMa2 said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. I think it is the sweetest thing I've ever seen. Oh my gosh! You must just want to reach out and touch him...and vice versa. Your site always stirs up so much emotion in me...where's my box of tissue???

At 9:32 AM, Blogger ~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

Bayoumama2...yes I do!! (Actually I have been known to reach over and give the monitor a little peck - I know that's silly.. I just miss him so much!).

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Isn't modern technology wonderful! The web cam is what I thank for keeping me sane while my husband was away. It's one thing to hear their voice on the phone, but to actually see their face is a whole other experience. I felt it was the next best thing to actually having him in the room.


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