As of today, I can finally say NEXT MONTH my husband will come home and my family will be whole again!
It's still way too far in the future to get excited about it now, but just being able to say NEXT MONTH is amazing.
Last night before bed the boys and I watched some videos I taped of Pat reading bedtime stories for the kids. We've watched these videos before, but both boys really reacted this time. Ryan was talking to Pat as if he could hear him. Sean was trying to blow on Pat's face and help him turn the pages of the book. Ryan soon realized that it was like watching TV and that his Daddy wasn't really there. Sean was amazed by seeing his Daddy and never stopped trying to get close to him. It was definitely heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
Pat mentioned there could be the possibility of us using a webcam soon. I think that would be so great for the boys. We have not done a webcam chat this entire deployment. I think that they need to see their Daddy more. The thing I resent the most about deployments is how hard it is on the children. It affects them no matter what age they are. While I could complain about this for a lot longer, I truly understand the reason for these deployments and am proud to stand as an Army family despite the hardships.
My countdown is on, my homecoming sign has been made (yes a bit early!), and I'm on the look out for a homecoming outfit (any ideas?). :-D