Posts Tagged 'Home for the Holidays'

It’s Finally Arrived, Y’all

It’s the day we’ve anxiously awaited since we dropped him off during that blizzard in January.  Our oldest son is going to be safe at home, after spending 10 months helping to restore and rebuild Iraq.  This time, we’ll be leaving during the day.  There is snow on the ground, but not the terrible conditions that almost made us wreck that cold scary January night.  Hopefully, I will not be puking my guts out like the last trip I made to the Pittsburgh airport.

When we talked to our son on the phone yesterday, he asked what changes happened at home while he was gone.  They like to be prepared.  When he came home from months of basic training, he said it took him a while to get used to being back home.  “It felt different,” he said.  It really wasn’t so much.  We don’t move all that fast around here.  But the other boys have felt the same way after being gone a while.  So we’re going to let him ease back into being home…slowly.

The family support group also supported the notion of a quiet stress-free homecoming.  Sounds good to me.  We want to hog him all to ourselves for a while.  He’ll be surrounded by my family soon enough on Thanksgiving Day.  And we’ve got his phone all charged up and ready to hand to him at the airport in case he feels the need to reconnect with his friends right away.

His only requests–have the Iraqi flag hanging outside when he gets home.  He sent it home with his belongings earlier this month.  It’s silk, full-size and impressive.  I hope no one steals it.  He also mentioned that he likes fish when I asked him if he had a special request for dinner.  I figured as much.  I’ll be making salmon tonight which is one of his favorites.

Back in the USA!!

OMG!  OMG!  OMG!  Guess who I just got off the phone with?  Yes, Soldier Son is back on US soil.

This morning, I was greeted with an e-mail saying he was in Germany.  A couple hours later, I hear his voice on the phone saying he’s landed in North Carolina.  I knew he was coming home soon.  That still did not prepare me to actually hear his voice this afternoon.  I must have screamed a little.  I heard him explaining to someone that “That’s my mom.  Yeah, she’s a little loud.”  Haha.

He’s not sure exactly when he’ll get back home, but it should be within 4 to 5 days.  He should definitely be here for Thanksgiving.

We have a lot to give thanks for.

Good Stuff and Holidays

Big Daddy received a text today from Soldier Son in Iraq.  It said that their replacements were there and it shouldn’t be too long before he’ll be home!!  It sounds like he should definitely be here for Thanksgiving!  Even though we’re still stuck cooking the turkey and spuds here at my house, it will be so much better with our oldest son home.  Which doesn’t mean we won’t be sorely missing Middle Son J.  He’ll still be in Germany.  I have no idea what the poor boy will be doing that day.  He’s going to try to come home on leave in February because one of his friends is supposed to be getting married then.  And get this–his girlfriend is supposed to visit him after Christmas.  If he can get the time off that he requested, they plan to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris!  Kind of makes up for the Thanksgiving thing.

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