After 9 long months, Q returned to us. In true Army fashion, the flight was delayed 3 times, but on Wednesday evening at 8:03PM, Carl and I saw his plane touch down. Then about 20 minutes later, we got to hold him in our arms. It was the greatest feeling in the whole world. We have the next few weeks together before he heads off to training, and we are loving every minute of it.
Memorial Day is meant for us to take the day to reflect, remember, and appreciate the heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Let’s not forget what this weekend means and celebrate and remember those soldiers who have fallen so that we can enjoy the life we live today.
An organization that Q and I fully stand behind is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides scholarships to children of fallen Special Operations Forces.
Things have been a little different around here lately. As some of you may know, Q left for a 9-month deployment a few weeks ago. Carl and I spent the month before he left at home in Tennessee spending time together as a family. Now we are back in LA, living with my parents (Carl’s grandparents) and working at the job I have had for the past year. We will stay here for the deployment, which is wonderful as I get to be surrounded by friends and family, and then move home once Q returns.
Some say that each deployment gets easier. I think each deployment is just different. New location, new means of communicating, a new role for Q. All which are exciting and empowering for him. As a spouse, I’m just so proud of him and what he is doing. I am SO lucky to have a husband who loves his job, is passionate about what he does and does whatever it takes to get it done.
During Q’s first deployment, I wrote this post. I reread it today and smiled. Much of it is still true and much of it has changed. I certainly stay informed, but I try to limit the amount I read/listen/watch, since it can create more anxiety than soothing. I have strong coping mechanisms that are sort of second nature at this point. I hate being without my partner, not doing the simple things we like to do together, but I know that in 8+ months we will be back to normal again. So I just continue to keep my head up, keep busy, and snuggle Carl each night knowing that this to shall pass. Thanks for all of your well wishes/prayers/positive thoughts. xoxo
Moving in takes forever. I try and tackle one room at a time otherwise I become overwhelmed. Kitchen is always first, so that I can actually cook something instead of eating out every meal. This move the kitchen has taken me twice as long as usual. I now have half the space I used to have and am trying to configure everything so that it works. Kitchen remodel is number one on the priority list.
Q has been obsessed with his Apple Watch since he got it a few weeks ago. I finally caved and ordered one over the weekend. It came this morning and I am getting used to it. I think I like it, but am not totally sure. Ask me in another week and I’ll have a better answer 🙂
Work wise I took a job in LA for about 6-8 months. Initially I will be going out for 2 weeks at a time and then coming home for 2 weeks. Eventually I will be there full-time and fly home once or twice a month to spend time with Q. It is a job that I adore with people I adore. Q’s schedule is going to be intense when he starts his new job, so after a long discussion, we thought this was a great move for me right now. I won’t be teaching this school year, but definitely the next (2016-17).
Carl is quickly settling into his new home. He isn’t used to having stairs, so he is exhausted at the end of each day. Yesterday I had to make the bed with him still in it! He is loving his new garden and explores for hours on end.