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i cried like a little baby reading this post. thank you so much! i am so thankful for your families sacrifice! i love you all so much for it!

Wow, that's very much deserved. Congratulations to you guys! So cool.

Fantastic! (I'm obviously reading this very late. I haven't visited for a while.) What a great milestone!

Congrats to you both. Love your family.

Found this post through Flickr (SpiffySnaps™ Photography) and just wanted to tell you I was touched by it. My husband (incidentally, his name is James also) is serving his 2nd tour in Afghanistan now so I can sympathize with this on so many levels. My heart is with you and yours - keep up the good work! (On the blog and the beautiful photography. I hope I can be as good someday :) )

I am so proud of him - He Made It! and so did you. I know it's never enough to say how much I appreciate not only what he went through to make it, but you and your girls as well. Thank you, for sharing your husband so I can be safe. g

Congratulations to both of you! Your blogs bring back so many memories of 23+ years with my Marine and his deployments (starting with Viet Nam). I'm thankful that today's technology helps keep families connected when apart and forums such as yours offer a place to find comfort and share.

Oh wow - gave me goose bumps reading this and I have tears in my eyes as I type...and I'm not even sure why :-) Congratulations to you all!!

Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

Congratulations, to you and J. That's good to see.

Congrats to James and your family. I've been reading your blog for a long time, Crystal, and remember when James was coming home and the posts and pictures. I was teary reading your post this morning.

Congratulations! That's awesome! Love the way you write, btw. You gave me chills.


I agree with Heather. I gathered much comfort from your blog way back when.

I'm so happy for you and for J. An accomplishment for sure (and you KNOW, because I'm super cheesy that I wanted to insert "major" before accomplishment - ha!)!

Really, really happy!

oh man, this made me tear up from the beginning. Such great story-telling about your relationship and how you think of your husband. I love it.

I'm very glad for all the times "he made it" back to you and y'alls girls. :o)

Amazing story! Congratulations to James! WTG for both of you for enduring the long, hard nights alone away from each other. You both made it!! :)

Congratulations, James!!!

Congratulations. I started reading while he was still deployed, and I say emphatically that you, as a family, made it. Again, congratulations. both of you! You both made it to this point. This military life is such an interesting one, isn't it? We (as wives) want everyone to notice the hard work and sacrifice that our husbands put into this job, this life. But, my husband is the same as yours. It's his job and he doesn't expect or want the pomp and circumstance. He's just proud to serve. I've thought so much about you and your blog as my sweet J. gets ready to deploy again, this time to Afghanistan. The first time was so, so hard and I read your blog through tears almost all in one sitting. I'm not sure if I've ever thanked you for that but really, if there were a bronze star, I'd gladly give it to you because I'm positive that I'm not the only one who has sought comfort from your archives during deployments. Thank you.

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