It has been a week since we picked up Andy from the airport- how quickly a week passes when you’re not waiting for his return and you’re actually enjoying time WITH him. I posted our reunion photos up on facebook, you can view the album here if you are interested.
Our trek to LAX took about 2 1/2 hours- Andy’s flight from Baltimore was scheduled to come in at 12:50pm. Thank goodness there was a slight delay since the line to get a pass through TSA was longer than we had anticipated (I am still so thankful for the TSA angel that came walking toward us at just the right moment!). We arrived at the gate with about 5 minutes to spare- just enough time to get my camera adjusted and handed over to Lt. Campos- the gal that coordinated and managed Andy’s airport details.
The people at the gate were outstanding- I’m not sure a movie director could have cued a better applause for the welcome home of my husband. I thought I would have let the girls run over to him to hug him and welcome him home, but no, once I saw him, I did a rather loud Yea! or a Yelp! (it’s hard to differentiate as I reflect on it), and went running in for a hug. It was a tender and memorable moment, one that goes down on my top ten favorite moments in our life together. It must say something about our relationship, too, if I was that excited to see him that I momentarily forgot about our very important little people that I jumped and ran to be in his arms upon sight. Either way, we are all very happy to have Andy safely home from Afghanistan after a 7.5 month separation. The girls can’t get enough wrestle time in with the dad
I have more to say on deployment and family separation but I think I will leave that for another day, I just wanted to jot a few things here before too much time passed. Thank you to some very special friends and my family for being so supportive during the past 7.5 months. I appreciate each one of you that helped make the time pass so quickly, you are very dear to me and I am grateful.