Getting Ready…

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Truck WashToday is our BIG day!  Daddy is coming home for some R&R!  I don’t think that I can put into words everything that I am feeling.

I’ve been doing a lot of work this week to get everything ready for him to be home.  Most of which he may not even noticed… most of which was just to keep myself busy.  Today, I have butterflies.  I feel like I could throw up at any moment, but I know I won’t.

I’m trying to keep an open mind about today and the few days that will follow.  I don’t know about other military spouses, but I fight with my imagination over these moments.  You spend months daydreaming about the reunion and just being together, but reality is… well, real.  Everything will not go exactly as planned while he’s here.  I’m sure that my boys will not turn into little angels for ten days.  And I’m sure that something will go wrong at some point.  I’ve tried not to build up a fantasy in my mind, but it’s hard.

I have visions of running (in slow motion, of course) to him in the airport while my hair in perfectly cascading in the breeze.  Ha!  Reality is that I’ll probably be fighting my way through people to get to him!  Either way is ok I guess because ultimately my prize is being in his arms!

A lot of great friends have helped make this day possible.  Some are even doing some awesome things for us today.  We are so blessed that we’ve made it this far… one year.  We have one more year to go, but we are going to do our best to enjoy these ten days first!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalms 34:8

Orange Park Furniture…

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Table

He told me that the manufacturer had the table in stock and would ship it the week after Thanksgiving.  He also said that he would match the price of the other store, deliver and set-up for free, AND if the table did not arrive in time he would give me a loaner table to use while my husband was home!  I couldn’t believe it!

When I went to pay for the table, the gentleman at this family owned store explained that when he told his grandfather of my story he said “we are going to get her a table.”  The employees that I spoke with thanked my husband (and I) for our service.  I know that they probably lost money on the sale, but I am so thankful!  I am so thankful to have a dining room that looks really nice, but more thankful that there are people and businesses out there that truly appreciate our military and their families.  You don’t see a lot of businesses going out of their way to help service members anymore.

If you live in the Jacksonville area I encourage you to visit their store.  If they don’t have something, they can probably order it.  They are nice, Godly people who truly care about their customers.  Their gesture meant the world to me!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

 

Changes…

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This picture was taken almost a year ago.  This year has been a whirlwind, yet the longest year of my life.  While overseas, my husband has been using his spare time to work out.  Me?  Well, I don’t have any spare time. HA!

Yesterday, he emailed me a picture of himself.  When it finally opened, I was in shock for a while.  I mean imagine what we would all look like if we worked out for two hours everyday for a year.  I can say for a fact that I wouldn’t have my underarm fans!  The more I looked at that picture, the more nervous I got.  I mean, I’ve put on a few pounds, gotten a few more gray hairs, and have a few more lines on my face.  What if he’s not so excited to see what he gets when he comes home?

I’ve reassured myself that everything will be just fine.  But, this is just another fact of military life.  People change over time.  Usually, you are with each other so you don’t notice as much.  For instance, I stopped drinking coffee and I started drinking milk, something I never did before.  Likes or dislikes that we once knew about each other may no longer be true.  We will have to re-discover each other.  It’s almost like going on a first date again.  Very exciting, but truly scary.

On the flip side, I see my boys in that picture.  My youngest was missing his front teeth and my oldest was about six inches shorter.  What will my husband think when he sees them after a year?  I’ve watched them grow, but he remembers them as they were.  We’ve had this train of three going for a while, I wonder if my husband worries about fitting back in, even if it’s just for a few days.

What binds us together is our love for each other and our love for Christ.  That will surpass all worries and doubt.  No matter what we look like or how much we’ve grown, we are still family.  God loves us just the same.  We keep our eyes on Him, because thankfully He never changes.

We are so excited that we will be together soon, even if only a short while.  I am thankful for the sacrifice my husband makes for us everyday.  I can’t wait to have those arms around me!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8