Celebrate the good · Deployment thoughts

The Final FINAL Countdown

You’ve got that song in your head now, don’t you…ROFL!!!

Gosh…where do I begin.

Wait. I know. MY HUSBAND IS SAFE ON U.S. soil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does it get any better than that?  Gosh, I can’t even tell you the weight I feel that has lifted from my heart/shoulders. I received this picture from a fellow Army wife late on Saturday evening and I couldn’t. STOP. STARING. That smile says it all…and that smile has been missing from my life for a year now. But I feel the effects it brings to my life by looking at this picture, so pardon me while I give it another look…<3  But I digress….LOL!

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My daughters asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I immediately said one last girls trip to the city before their Daddy gets home. So, Saturday the girls and I went to the city for the day. I had pre-planned this before knowing of the anti-Trump and women’s marches so I was a little apprehensive after seeing all the riots in D.C. after the inauguration. Thankfully everything was peaceful and had disbanded before we got downtown. We spent the day eating, walking around the city, and catching the sites at the Shedd Aquarium. The weather was beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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I’ve reached the final stage of this deployment, which I like to call the “nesting phase.” I am cleaning like a mad woman, and recleaning what I’ve already cleaned just to make sure it’s clean. Yes, I know my husband could care less about anything other than the fridge being stocked with beer and wine, but hey…I couldn’t help it. Both our fridges are scrubbed, cleaned, and checked all expiration dates. (Can you tell I work in a lab? LOL). I also scrubbed (with the help from Soph) my bathroom, and vacuumed and dusted the entire house. Don’t worry, I am sure I’ll do it 3 more times before he comes home. And while I can’t say what day he’ll be home…I can officially say it will be LATE NEXT WEEK. Yes…I said NEXT week…all the feels!! WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

My next post is going to go over the highs and lows of this deployment. I have learned so much about myself and others, as well as made some wonderful memories with my daughters that will last a lifetime. I will forever be grateful to those who not only are there to celebrate the highs, but have carried me during the lows…for these are priceless gems in my life. #foreverfriends

Thanks to YOU ALL for joining me on this year long journey. I truly appreciate you hanging around even though this blog is for running and recipes as well. Real life took over, but you know what? I wouldn’t change a single thing.

The final countdown is ON until I am snuggled safely in my husband’s arms, and I CANNOT wait! ❤

Cheers!

Michelle

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28 thoughts on “The Final FINAL Countdown

  1. I think most blogs, most authentic blogs — and maybe the best ones are the ones where we share ourselves (without oversharing, of course).

    Cleaning would probably be the last thing on my mind, though. I think I may have mentioned how much I dislike cleaning, LOL? I’m always kind of in awe of you people who seem to actually like it.

  2. I am so happy for you and your family! You did it! Bravo!! I did deployment-reunion groups for the navy for years, both prior to departure and before return, separately for spouse and active duty members. Hugs and profound thank yous to to all of you for your sacrifice and your service. We would not be here without you.

  3. Yes now I have that song in my head now but it s cool because I know how exciting this time is for you 😉

    What a beautiful smile!! I am sure it will be even bigger when he sees you!!

    I am so happy for you and you family!!!

    I got goose pimples reading this!!

    As always-thanks to you and your family for your sacrifice!!

    Continued safe travels to your hubby as he makes his way home to you all!

  4. So happy and excited for you. I can’t imagine! When my husband is gone for a few weeks, I go crazy cleaning. I know he doesn’t care and he might not even notice, but I love thinking I am making it special for him. Love that you and the girls had a special weekend together!

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