Two Days of Bliss (long but sweet)

  1. DH came home from deployment and was able to come to the house for three days and two nights. We had such a good time and I felt like sharing.

    I skipped class (thanks to understanding teachers) and drove four hours one way to pick him up on Monday. He was ecstatic! He has never seemed so happy besides our wedding day. It was such a blessing to see his wonderful smile and hear him laugh after soooooo many tears and homesick phonecalls. Drove another four hours back to our apt.

    We totally absorbed ourselves in one another. Turned off the cell phones and didn't tell family he was in town. Had the apt (which he has only seen one other time on R&R leave) freshly cleaned and decorated to the hilt with Christmas stuff! He loved our tree especially...I did it in red, white, and blue stars and striped flag ornaments.

    Introduced him to the new baby~our 6 mos old Yorkie PUPPY! He is an animal lover, but not particularly fond of very small dogs. Calls them ankle biters haha. But he LOVES our little one and they took to each other like glue. In fact, they were so cute...I got in the shower and he was asleep on the couch when I got out with the little guy on his chest! Oh, I wish I had taken a pic.

    Tuesday, after class that seemed to last FOREVER, I rushed home and cooked my very first Thanksgiving Dinner (late, but special bc he ate a freeze dried turkey MRE on T Day). Let me just say that I am the anti-betty crocker. I have a hard time boiling water haha. But this dinner turned out FANTASTIC. I made a 3 lbs itty bitty butterball turkey, my grandma's dressing, scalloped potatoes, green beans, gravy, and rolls. Oh it was so good, he loved it! But I did burn my cake. So we enjoyed lots of hugs and kisses for dessert instead. Then we watched War of the Worlds in each other's arms.

    He did a bit of Christmas shopping but couldn't hold back so he gave it to me that night...two sets of cream colored dishes with gold embelishment, a set of glasses, a knife set, a speaker surround sound for my computer, and tons of stuff from Yankee Candle, Co.

    Today, he woke up and cooked me breakfast. We took the puppy and had him groomed. They put a little bow in his hair and he smelled so good that hubby could barely put him down. We did a little shopping for hubby then ate lunch at Red Lobster. Hubby had to leave tonight at midnight so he wanted to take a nap. While he was asleep I got him his fav ice cream cake and lots of balloons and we celebrated his birthday early...it is Dec. 1 (today actually hehe) We had a romantic dinner at a sushi bar and finally had to say another tearful goodbye. He left at midnight to return to Camp Shelby where he had to attend a promotion school for two weeks. He is due back home FOR GOOD December 21st.

    I can not put into words the relief I feel that he is safe and in the united states. He shared many stories, videos, and pictures with me that are horrendous. He never let on that he was in such danger during our phone conversations. He always sounded hopeful, in love, and ready to return home to me. I now know how strong and brave my husband truly is and I have a supreme, unwaveable respect for him. He is very happy to be alive and it is proof that GOD was by his side the entire time.

    Thank you for letting me share and hug somebody you love!:kiss
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  3. by   GPatty
    I am so very happy for you and your hubby!:Melody:
    You two deserve that time, and I think it is wonderful that you were able to have it! (the pup sounds adorable! )
    My sil just left yesterday and told me that he may get to come back for a few days in April..I sure do hope so!
    May God bless you and your family a thousand fold!
  4. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    Ooooh How wonderful! I have prayed for your hubby's safe return. I am so glad that you got that time you needed together.
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    All I can say is wow! You both deserved this and I am so happy for you two. Best wishes and God bless.
  6. by   jnette
    What a heartwarming, touching story to wake up to this morning.

    I, too, have been keeping your dh in my thoughts and prayers.

    I loved reading what you wrote here.. actually eating up every word of it. How awesome for the two of you. What a special, special time. I am soooooooooooooo happy for you.

    And you did the right thing.. turning off all the outside communications.
    This time was for the TWO of you.

    I know you are both counting the days now until Dec. 21st. :heartbeat
    Float along on that cloud as long as you can.. let it hold you over until then. Hang on to the afterglow to carry you through.

    Thanx for sharing, Hon. It made my day.

    And Julie, I will be praying for your new SIL as well. I can't imagine how distraught your Amanda must be feeling right now. Gentle(((HUGS))) to her.
  7. by   Tweety
    Sounds wonderful. I'm happy you had this time together.
  8. by   traumaRUs
    Thanks so very much. I remember (very vividly) when my husband was doing a remote assignment and we hadn't seen each other in 9 months during which my mother and his father died, our oldest son was hospitalized a couple of times and (oh did I mention) both kids had chickenpox when he came home?!! Gee whiz...anyway it was still the best reunion ever. I still love my husband and thank God for him on a daily basis.
  9. by   DDRN4me
    soldierswife, you dont know what sharing your story meant to me..my dd's fiance left this morning, he will be going to Ft. Devens here in Ma till christmas, then t o Camp Pendleton and from there Iraq by March. Knowing your dh came home and you had such special times makes me hopeful..thanks for giving me that gift this morning. Mary
  10. by   live4today
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    dh came home from deployment and was able to come to the house for three days and two nights. we had such a good time and i felt like sharing.

    i skipped class (thanks to understanding teachers) and drove four hours one way to pick him up on monday. he was ecstatic! he has never seemed so happy besides our wedding day. it was such a blessing to see his wonderful smile and hear him laugh after soooooo many tears and homesick phonecalls. drove another four hours back to our apt.

    we totally absorbed ourselves in one another. turned off the cell phones and didn't tell family he was in town. had the apt (which he has only seen one other time on r&r leave) freshly cleaned and decorated to the hilt with christmas stuff! he loved our tree especially...i did it in red, white, and blue stars and striped flag ornaments.

    introduced him to the new baby~our 6 mos old yorkie puppy! he is an animal lover, but not particularly fond of very small dogs. calls them ankle biters haha. but he loves our little one and they took to each other like glue. in fact, they were so cute...i got in the shower and he was asleep on the couch when i got out with the little guy on his chest! oh, i wish i had taken a pic.

    tuesday, after class that seemed to last forever, i rushed home and cooked my very first thanksgiving dinner (late, but special bc he ate a freeze dried turkey mre on t day). let me just say that i am the anti-betty crocker. i have a hard time boiling water haha. but this dinner turned out fantastic. i made a 3 lbs itty bitty butterball turkey, my grandma's dressing, scalloped potatoes, green beans, gravy, and rolls. oh it was so good, he loved it! but i did burn my cake. so we enjoyed lots of hugs and kisses for dessert instead. then we watched war of the worlds in each other's arms.

    he did a bit of christmas shopping but couldn't hold back so he gave it to me that night...two sets of cream colored dishes with gold embelishment, a set of glasses, a knife set, a speaker surround sound for my computer, and tons of stuff from yankee candle, co.

    today, he woke up and cooked me breakfast. we took the puppy and had him groomed. they put a little bow in his hair and he smelled so good that hubby could barely put him down. we did a little shopping for hubby then ate lunch at red lobster. hubby had to leave tonight at midnight so he wanted to take a nap. while he was asleep i got him his fav ice cream cake and lots of balloons and we celebrated his birthday early...it is dec. 1 (today actually hehe) we had a romantic dinner at a sushi bar and finally had to say another tearful goodbye. he left at midnight to return to camp shelby where he had to attend a promotion school for two weeks. he is due back home for good december 21st.

    i can not put into words the relief i feel that he is safe and in the united states. he shared many stories, videos, and pictures with me that are horrendous. he never let on that he was in such danger during our phone conversations. he always sounded hopeful, in love, and ready to return home to me. i now know how strong and brave my husband truly is and i have a supreme, unwaveable respect for him. he is very happy to be alive and it is proof that god was by his side the entire time.

    thank you for letting me share and hug somebody you love!:kiss
    your post has me crying....tears of joy :hatparty: for you and your dh. i am so glad you kept his homecoming to yourself so the two of you could reconnect without all the hooplah of family and friends around. you are one smart cookie for doing that, and he's a dream for going along with it. good for both of you! :kiss having been a military wife on two occasions in my life, i could relate to your story so well. the homecomings were always awesome, special, private, and a time of reconnecting. what i wouldn't give to have that in my life right now ---- with someone who truly deserves me that is.
  11. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Sounds like you two had a wonderful visit. I'm very happy for you and be patient, Dec. 21st is just around the corner.
  12. by   perfectbluebuildings
    That sounds wonderful. I know you have been waiting SO LONG for this. Thank you so much for sharing your happiness with us. Tears of joy, indeed. I'm glad he's back in the U.S., and that he'll be home in time for Christmas, too!!! Take care.
  13. by   nurse4theplanet
    Thank you all for the heartwarming responses. A special thanks to each one of you who kept us in your prayers. It truly made a difference. This board and all the wonderful thoughts, replies, and prayers has been my saving grace in a time where I felt so scared and alone.

    Julie, I will be praying for your sil and your family's strength throughout the deployment.

    TraumaRUS...thank you for you and your husband's sacrifices for this country. Without those who are willing to risk joining the armed forces, there would have been no one to take my hubby's place so he could come home. I have a new found appreciation for all those who have/are serving and an even higher respect for the family members who are left behind to cope with daily life and support their soldier.

    mgallant, keep the faith as you and your family await your soldier's deployment and homecoming. It will be a rollercoaster of emotions but rest assured that he will be well prepared and that God is everywhere, watching over those men as they run their day to day missions.

    and thank you again to everyone else! I will be anxiously awaiting the best Christmas I have ever had
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    what a great post. Will you please thank him for his service for me? (from a veteran and fellow military wife, I really know what that means).....

    Happy Holidays to you both. Glad you checked in and let us know how well you are doing.

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