It’s amazing the difference one short year can make. Today marks the one year anniversary since Chris returned home from Afghanistan. It also marks the FIRST time we have EVER spent one year together.
You read right … in the 5+ years we have been together this is the first time we have met a coveted one year anniverary. This is how it has broken down:
Feb. 2007 – May 2007 : Dating … together (3 months)
May 2007 – Aug. 2007: Broken Up
Aug. 2007 – March 2008: Dating … together (7 months)
March 2008 – June 2009: Engaged … apart (15 months – I was in AZ, Chris was in GA, MO, and TX)
June 2009 – April 2010: married, together (10 months)
April 2010 – April 2011: married, Chris is deployed (12 months)
April 2011 – April 2012: married, together (12 months)
Time Together: 32 months
Time Apart: 30 months
Kind of crazy right? I joke that it’s the secret to our longevity … spending time apart 😉 What’s ironic to me is that today is also the first day of the next chapter in our lives. We are on the road to Georgia and will arrive at our new home by nightfall. Needless to say April 19 is kind of a special day.
Since I wasn’t really blogging then I thought I would share a couple of pictures from Chris’ homecoming from Afghanistan last year. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a military homecoming I highly recommend it. The feeling in that room is unlike anything I have ever experience in my life. When your spouse is coming home you’re as nervous as a when you went on your first date. Is he still going to love me? Are we still going to work? Does my hair look ok? Oh my God I’m going to be sick … are all thoughts that go through your head. When Chris came home I was 15 weeks pregnant (Chris had been home on R&R in January) and sick as a dog. The Soldiers walked into the gym at 11:00PM so I was also exhausted. But it was by far one of the best days of my life. After sending the person you care most about in the world off to WAR, having them come home in one piece is the biggest sigh of relief you can imagine. It was like 1,000 tons were lifted off my shoulders. I cannot adequately express in words the emotions I felt the moment they were released from formation and I was back in his arms. It is a feeling that is going to stick with me for the rest of my life.
I thank God every day that Chris came home to me safely. Deployment didn’t break us … nothing can. We are stronger than ever and a beautiful baby girl came out of it. My mantra during the deployment?
Distance between two hearts is not an obstacle; rather a beautiful reminder just how strong true love is.