When they finally released the soldiers -- and I swear Red 6's ceremony was far shorter than my husband's -- I skipped over to my husband, grabbed his hands, and said, "Hi." And we were back to normal. We stood and talked for a while before I said, "Can I have a kiss?"
Yesterday I wrote how proud I am of my husband, but last night he made me even prouder. He hadn't slept in two days, he hadn't eaten dinner or gotten any lovin', but the first thing he wanted to do was check on his soldiers. We spent our first hour together in the barracks, passing out bottles of beer and introducing me to his guys. I am so proud that he put them first.
And though you told me to stay away, you know I won't resist the blogging temptation for long...
Yay! You brought tears to my eyes this morning. I'm so happy that the two of you are finally reunited. I've enjoyed following your blog this past year. Happy reunion!
Posted by: Dawn at March 09, 2005 05:25 AM (iZFDa)
Congrats on his safe return!!!
Posted by: Sean at March 09, 2005 06:36 AM (ru0sP)
Congrats Sarah! I'm so glad he's home safe and in your arms at last. Welcome back soldier. Thanks for protecting our freedom and for sharing Sarah for a little while. Take time together - we can wait.
Posted by: Kathleen A at March 09, 2005 07:23 AM (vnAYT)
Good stuff, that first kiss!
Posted by: Mike at March 09, 2005 07:47 AM (yPbYG)
YAY for you!!!!
Many thanks for both of your sacrifices from this grateful American.
Now go have FUN!
Posted by: MargeinMI at March 09, 2005 08:34 AM (u0NOA)
Hooray! I'm so glad for both of you. Here's hoping you'll get a little vacation time to get away and find each other again!
Posted by: caltechgirl at March 09, 2005 08:49 AM (5VQpT)
Yep, first tears of the morning, but they were tears of joy and pride.
I'm so happy for both of you, so proud of both of you! I think it speaks volumes that you BOTH spent time checking on his soldiers. Plus - I think he was pretty damned proud of you too!
Posted by: Tammi at March 09, 2005 09:24 AM (HaRi0)
I knew you couldn't stay away long! Thanks for the photo . . . you will be glad to have that for years to come. Now that we are updated go enjoy him . . . remember the brats are probably awaiting your return too. Look forward to more updates later. Hope to meet your husband some day. I am always looking for excuses to come back. Take care!
Posted by: Heidi at March 09, 2005 09:50 AM (6krEN)
Um...I know this is so totally a non-sequiteur with your post, but you have gorgeous hair...lol...really shiny!
Thanks so much for sharing the pic and story so everyone can live the experience vicariously.
Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at March 09, 2005 09:50 AM (VN5B1)
I am sooooo happy for you
I've been reading you for a long time, and I am proud of your hubby too. Thanks for sharing him with us and thanks for sharing your experience. Good luck to you both. Enjoy each other!
Posted by: Renee at March 09, 2005 10:02 AM (gDEwS)
Happy tears for both of you! And yeah, I'm pretty sure we can say he's just as proud of you as you are of him.
Posted by: Teresa at March 09, 2005 11:18 AM (nAfYo)
You might have erred when you say your husband was putting his men first. I think he was also using that time to have you become part of him again, enjoying the little things about you and just having you next to him. He was probably trying not to explode.
There might also be a little guilt on his part since he will be home with you and his men will not be able to see their families until they go home on leave. Expect company until then.
Posted by: NYNY at March 09, 2005 12:18 PM (8i7w+)
While our troops go out to defend our country, it is incumbent upon us to make the country worth defending. --Deskmerc--
You know, that sums up so well the founding motivation for ROTC advocacy at Columbia (that, and the simple, strong belief in soldiers by student-veterans and military kids at Columbia).
Anyway Sarah, my point is that I hope you mention to your husband how you've helped us at Columbia (don't worry - I'm not asking for a testimonial from him), just so he knows that he and his soldiers ARE motivating socio-cultural changes state-side, and his wife is an active part of it. Civilians, while not in uniform, aren't just talking about supporting the troops, but trying to change society at home to close civil-military gaps. So that not all the positive changes are 'over there', but over here, too. Because of the honorable work of soldiers, and their wives. You're part of what's happening here, and he should know that.
Well, it can wait. Do what you gotta do with your husband first.
Posted by: Eric at March 09, 2005 12:44 PM (eyiWI)
Buy that man a double Whopper with cheese, bacon, jalepenos and hypersize the fries. Bill me.
Tell him thanks for everything, thanks for serving, thanks for putting the hurt downrange, thanks for bringing his soldiers back. All his guys are honorary grunts, as far as I'm concerned.
Now, who's gonna wash all his TA-50?
Posted by: Deskmerc at March 09, 2005 01:33 PM (565iX)
Posted by: Janie at March 09, 2005 02:50 PM (bpwmq)
So now you know....
Waiting is fullness.
Posted by: MajMike at March 09, 2005 03:22 PM (zXWkt)
ditto on the tears, babe. i'm so happy for you guys! That picture says it all, i luv it.
Posted by: annika at March 09, 2005 03:58 PM (x2PHC)
I am crying while I write this. Thank you for sending the picture that I have been praying to see for a very long time. Jane
Posted by: Jane at March 09, 2005 04:00 PM (wYkda)
Congrats to the both of you!!!!!
Thank-you for being there with me through this deployment. It has finally come to an end and now it is time to start wifeing, what a wonderful job!!! Enjoy your husband as I will mine...As far as the TA-50 is concerned you know just bring it on over to my office I will be waiting........
Posted by: Kelly at March 09, 2005 04:58 PM (oxgS1)
I'm so happy your hubbby returned safely. Have fun you guys
Posted by: Tom at March 09, 2005 05:09 PM (3aIPU)
beutiful. simply. beutiful.
Posted by: liz at March 09, 2005 06:16 PM (C8Vdy)
Good News, Sarah. Enjoy the time you have together. You've earned it. And you did very well, both of you. Your husband should be very proud of the way you handled the deployment.
Press on. With the fun.
Posted by: Subsunk at March 09, 2005 09:19 PM (adHXR)
Love the photo....can see his smile clearly......I too recently reunited with my husband.....it is something isn't it. I am proud of you both. Can't wait till I figure out how to LINK.....darn
Posted by: Rachelle at March 10, 2005 01:08 AM (IZN5S)
I'm glad for you both - enjoy having him home with you! I knew he had to be a good guy, as your husband - but to see how he cares for his soldiers is a great tip to what a good officer he is as well.
Posted by: Barb at March 10, 2005 02:13 AM (g9qHI)
Welcome Home Red 6 !!!!!
I'm so happy for you both
The pic is beautiful
Posted by: MorningSun at March 10, 2005 07:24 AM (aTdfO)
I am so glad he is home and the two of you are together again. Now.. the lovin'
Posted by: Bryan Strawser at March 10, 2005 02:15 PM (Lb3cZ)
Posted by: Bill Faith at March 10, 2005 03:13 PM (qKQwG)
Hoooraay!!! Have fun!!
Posted by: Pamela at March 10, 2005 04:25 PM (PlwSw)
Posted by: Elmo at March 11, 2005 07:22 AM (KYjGW)
Sooooo happy for you two.
Congrats and sincerest thanks to you both for all that you do and have endured. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Posted by: Princess Jami at March 11, 2005 04:20 PM (0gPLe)
WOOO HOOOO. Glad to have you back! Sarah,
only blog if you want to!!
Posted by: MAR at March 11, 2005 08:06 PM (YwdKL)
Please thank him from me for all that he has been doing for me, a guy he doesn't even know. And that's what makes him a hero.
Posted by: Jim - PRS at March 11, 2005 09:05 PM (BjDAE)
Worth the wait wasn't it? Lots of thanks to both of you.
Posted by: dhammie at March 12, 2005 05:36 PM (7YIQy)
Congrats! And thanks to you and your husband.
Posted by: Blackfive at March 12, 2005 11:21 PM (T/oyu)
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