The past few days have been a whirlwind to say the least! We enjoyed having my husband home more than words. Being able to hold him, smell him, and hear his heartbeat after so long were gifts that my soul craved.
The past few days were a series of gifts. Gifts for which we will never be able to fully express our gratitude. The gift of most of the cost of his plane ticket being given to us by our church family. The gift of a limo ride to and from the airport. The gift of Ann May Photography taking pictures for us at the airport. The gift of friends waiting at the entrance of our neighborhood to give my husband a true hero’s welcome. All that was just the first few hours!
We were able to spend time with family and most of our friends on New Year’s Eve. I’ve written a blog about “Showing Up.” Sometimes, that’s all you need to do to show someone you care. We are very loved and I know my husband felt that from the time he stepped off the plane and into our arms.
We managed to work in some fun activities while he was home. We saw a few movies, went to St Augustine, Florida, and the three boys took a helicopter ride with Old City Helicopters. My husband was able to see my youngest son’s basketball practice and his first game of the season. We witnessed the marriage of two great people. We even shared a few meals with some great friends.
The most important gift was my husband and I got to accompany our youngest son as he professed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior and witness him being baptized.
We also got a surprise gift of an added day to share together. My fried brain thought that he was supposed to leave on Wednesday. We went all the way to the airport and tried to check in to get his boarding pass before we realized he wasn’t supposed to leave until Thursday. While waking up at 3:30am was a huge pain for us and for our friend that came over at 4:30am to sit with our boys, it was so nice to leave that airport holding his hand.
I titled this “The Gift” because I truly feel that every moment of these past few days was a gift from God. Our time together and the love that was shown to us was the best present I’ve ever gotten. It was like all the good that we’ve ever done came back to us in a flood. It was a wonderful experience filled with memories that will last forever. Thank you to everyone that spent even a moment with us, making it happen, or simply praying for us. (Pictures below)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17