Kevin leaves Iraq at the end of next week for his leave time!! He should arrive in Dallas anywhere from 2-4 days after that. I have butterflies! WOOHOO!!!
He has been gone for 7 months...in that time we have both changed and our relationship has grown, if you can believe it. All the extraneous things seem to fall away at a time like this and the core of our devotion to one another has just solidified even more, if that was possible. We have been reminded why we fell in love in the first place, and appreciate each other so much. What a happy reunion this will be.
I am so excited about our plans. The kids are going to stay with our good friends the Maxwells, and I'm going to pick him up at the airport in Dallas. They always have a big crowd of patriotic Americans to cheer the soldiers when they come out of the airport...I know that will be emotional. At least I will be able to find someone to take pictures of our reunion! Then for a couple days Kevin and I are having a retreat alone, while the kids have fun with the Maxwells.
Next we'll go get the kids and enjoy their reunion with Daddy, and head down to visit Kevin's family for a couple days and relax with them...wish it were crawfish season and we could have a crawfish boil! Oh well, a barbeque will be just as good.
After that, we're going to Galveston. Lie around on the beach, check out Moody Gardens, enjoy the fabulous hotel Kevin found that gave us a HUGE military discount!
Next we'll go up to San Antonio to visit one of Kevin's soldiers at BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center) who was wounded in action. While there I'm sure we will eat at Mi Tierra, yum yum.
Then home. HOME. It will be Kevin's first look at our new home (provided the closing goes as planned this Monday). We will just enjoy one another and relax for the rest of the time until we have to bring him back to Dallas for a very very difficult good-bye.
Then we will have another 4 months of praying and waiting and this deployment should be over. It's all downhill from here.
And in the meantime, these butterflies just won't go away! Whee!