Right now, today I am as happy as can be!
Our oldest son is getting pretty close to coming back from Iraq! It has been a long, hard tour. Hard, of course, on him, but also on us. He’s worked very hard in very difficult circumstances. He didn’t have regular access to phones or the internet. The dirt, the heat, the dangerous conditions all weighed upon him for more than a year. Yet, even in his youth, he has not complained. He just did his job because it was his to do. He did it well. He made a difference. I am so proud of him. I hope he’s proud of himself. He should be.
My plans are set. We are making the trip out to see him on his return. All we have left is waiting on the painfully slow passing of time and our packing. There is still quite a bit of time, but we are moving closer. Today I am more grateful than ever that we homeschool. We could never pull the kids out of an institutional school for this long. As it is, our time is our own, our (living)books can travel with us, and we can school into July if we need to. This flexibility is such a blessing.
Please, keep our son in your prayers that he and his comrades make it through the entire tour safely! Please also pray for all the families who are anxiously awaiting the return of their soldier and in a special way, those will be traveling over the coming months to meet their soldiers when they return. After all, we did it for you.