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December 29, 2013 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

When Johnny met daddy, and a look back at my 2013

I feel somewhat ashamed that I haven’t written a blog post since July, but not really.. I think when you read this you will know why. I know in my last post before this I remember saying I shall start blogging more, but when your husband returns home from deployment and meets your son for the first time, life sort of takes precedence. My life since he returned has been a whirlwind, but it has been nothing short of sweet and perfect. But let’s backtrack for a second, and let me tell you about his homecoming..

I flew back from the Philippines July 13th and I remember it being such a bittersweet feeling to leave again after not being home for over 2 years. But the excitement of knowing I was days away from seeing my husband again was truly overwhelming! He had arrived stateside Mid-July and was doing his out-processing as I flew back, so though we didn’t know when he would actually come home, we both knew it was simply a matter of days away.

I had made quite a few preparations for homecoming. The first was finding the right outfit for lil J.

20131230-022207.jpg This is the outfit I decided on, which I found on Etsy. ๐Ÿ™‚ The next part was finding someone who could take photos so that we could immortalize that moment. I couldn’t imagine a moment more precious than a father meeting his son for the first time. Luckily, one of the other women I had gotten close to whose fiancรฉ was deployed with Tim, was a photographer and more than agreed to capture this moment for us ๐Ÿ™‚ Her name is Amanda Archer, and she does amazing work!

Finally, the actual homecoming.. How did we want to do it? We’re we meeting him at the airport or the armory? Was he driving home and surprising us there? After giving it much thought, Tim and I decided that it was best for Tim to meet us at home and we wanted to surprise Tim’s parents as well. I had told them that we were driving to the armory to meet Tim but he was really coming to see us. I knew that homecoming was as much for them as it was for me, and it was important for me that they were part of the moment. Now that I am a mother as well, I cannot imagine the pain and worry of a son leaving for deployment, so I knew that this day was as special for them as it was for me.

Finally I got word from Tim that July 20th was the lucky day! Together with Tim’s sister, Bee, we quickly made arrangements for a surprise party! Amanda arrived about noon time and we awaited Tim’s call that he was close. Surprisingly I was very calm that day, I had such a peace inside me. It was an incredible feeling. I just remember looking at little J and thinking that he may not know it then, but that that was the day his life would change because he would finally feel his daddy’s hugs and kisses. I was so excited for him!!

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Finally I got the call that he was near!! We tricked his parents and grandparents to go out by telling them that Amanda wanted to take a family photo. As soon as they walked out, Tim’s car arrived and he stepped out. You could hear the collective screams, smiles and everyone’s excitement as they all rushed near him. Seeing him was so surreal and that was when I froze. I stood there and let everyone get to him first. He looked at me and smiled as he hugged his parents and siblings. And we both knew that in a moments time we would be in each other’s arms again. It was magical.

 

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It was an incredible and wonderful day. I have tears in my eyes as I look back and write this. I think it’s fitting that I wrote this today, a few days before the year ends because it’s made me realize once again how blessed and grateful I am. Grateful and blessed to be able to spend this holiday as a complete family.

The past few months since he’s returned has been a blur. We moved to a new home and unpacking and decorating has been keeping us busy. ThAt part isn’t easy when you have a baby who is now crawling.

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We also got a second car for me to use for my new job, which by the way is going really well. I’m currently assigned to a school district and am almost halfway through my clinical fellowship year ๐Ÿ™‚

But more importantly, for the past few months we have been together. We have witnessed Johnny’s milestones together, spent holidays and weekends as a family as made so much memories!

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Lil J and Tim are like the best of friends, it’s like they were never apart at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Life has been kind to me, I am blessed with two amazing boys to have in my life. All the struggles I’ve been through to get to this point have been worth it. I’m hopeful that 2014 will be kinder and bring on more amazing memories, challenges, love and joy.

From my family to yours, merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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