This entire deployment there have only been a handful of times when I am painfully aware of Kim's absence. Tonight is one of them. Yonah is full of questions now about what lies under the hood of a car. These are questions I do not know how to answer. But Kim could answer at least the basics. They could go out together to look at and tinker with ours. I can't put into words how important that special connection between a father and his child is; I don't think I have to, though.
Sometimes, the tragedy of a fatherless child is overwhelming to my heart. I can almost feel God's heartache. This is not how it was meant to be. Thank goodness that for these precious children of mine this is only temporary.