I've been waiting to write this post for over a year now - since 13 October, 2005, to be exact. He arrived yesterday afternoon. It's been a year of hand-wringing. Worrying. False alarms (those darn doorbells and 3 a.m. phone calls). Taps. Lonely parenting. It's been difficult. No, this year did not "fly by." But we made it.
We're enjoying this time together as a family. E. is thrilled and giddy. So am I.
...and, no, I'm not going to quit blogging. I'm sure there's still lots to share. And there are more dimensions to me than this deployment (*eta: although it did define this blog - and now J. wants to know what I'm going to name it - "the Longest Year and a Half? haha" Funny, J.). So, what's next? Well, the venting and sharing (J.'s stories started today at lunch. They're pretty scary). And we will be working on getting out of the Army. That, in itself, should be an adventure!
A special "shout out" to my self-described lurkers/stalkers who have recently left comments. I LOVE that you finally came out of hiding! And I know there are more of you out there... ;)