One year ago today, my husband deployed. It was a hard year for sure, but I feel blessed in so many ways because it could have been a lot worse.
I don't consider myself to be a very outwardly spiritual person. I usually feel uncomfortable praying out loud and I don't always make it to church on Sundays. However, I have a lot to be thankful for these days post-deployment.
Thank you, God, for giving me such a caring husband who always went out of his way to call me or email me and make me feel loved, no matter what the circumstances.
Thank you, God, for providing me with such amazing Army wife friends who were my crutches throughout the entire deployment. I never imagined you would put such strong, beautiful, caring women in my life who knew exactly what I was going through and exactly how to get me out of funks and cheer me up. Thank you for all the laughs, tears, late night talks and so much more.
Thank you, God, for keeping my husband safe and well taken care of.
Thank you, God, for blessing me with such supportive friends and family. I've never heard "We're praying for you," as much as I did in the past year.
Thank you, God, for bringing him home 3 weeks early, in time for Christmas.
For those of you who may still have a loved one serving a deployment, keep your head up. This too, shall pass. And then before you know it, you'll find yourself writing a blog post like this (or maybe not...).