Our two child things (5 and 2) are currently in Hawaii, but we are a military family, and we live where the Army tells us. This blog is designed to keep us in touch with our family and the friends we have made along the way, to offer insight into our turbulent military lifestyle, and to share our experiences as we try out "homing school." So glad you stopped by!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Wow, a lot has happened since I last wrote! Most importantly, we made it to Hawaii and have welcomed home our soldier! I have lots and lots of stories and pictures to share (birthdays, graduations, looong plane rides, illnesses, tutus, new house, etc.), but for now I'll just give a little recap of our special homecoming.

The day of the redeployment ceremony, we were all still pretty tired from our travels and from all sharing one air mattress, but we were excited none the less! When it was time, my mom-in-law and I loaded up the kids in the rental car and drove to the air field where we would soon be meeting Scott! Time passed quickly, so before you know it, the soldiers were marching in, the spouses were jumping up and down and waving, we said a prayer and the pledge, they sang a song and then the words, "DISMISSED."

Let me just say that I am soooo glad this year-long deployment is behind us, and it is soooo wonderful to have Scott home again! Despite my jet lag, exhaustion and trip to the ER, I am as happy as can be, and my world feels right again. :)

Can I just say that it was absolutely awesome to hug and kiss my husband for the first time in 6 months? The part that really made me tear up, though, was Child Thing #1's reaction to her Daddy's return. She was abundantly overflowing with pure joy!!

And this, my friends, is probably the very best day an Army wife can have!


Amanda said...

So excited your family is complete again! And especially love the picture of Daddy's little girl. I remember how great the day was Daddy came home & I know she will treasure this day too :)

Erin said...

Excuse me while we all say "awww..." And by "all," I mean me, Jess, and Mom. I'm so happy for you guys that he returned safe & sound!

Steve, Amanda, Kyle & Owen said...

Yay! I am excited for you all! I can't wait to catch up with you, I have been meaning to call. I WILL call this week.

Bag Blog said...

This made me cry. I'm so glad you are all together and all is well.

The cousins I am visiting right now were army brats. I never got to see them welcome their dad home, but I did see them send him off to Vietnam, once. That was an experience I will never forget, and I love my uncle and cousins more for it.