After a little over 365 days, my brother-in-law is HOME!!!
Yesterday I got to talk to my sister-in-law, and she was definitely ready but nervous to have her beloved home. We had the usual “the house is spotless, I’ve filled the pantry with his favorite foods, shaved my legs, bought the outfit, cleaned his car, and know I will not sleep tonight” conversation. In fact, she had just finished putting away groceries and was trying to figure out how else to fill up the few hours remaining without going crazy. This was (oh man it feels good to be able to put that in the past tense) his 3rd deployment, and it was his longest. He is in the Air Force, so typically, they serve shorter deployments than say the 15 month one my husband had with the Army. On top of that, they are PCSing in 2 weeks across the country. Oh and I forgot to mention they have 3 kids ages 7, 11, and 13. I mean, don’t get me wrong, that moment of having your loved one back in your arms is absolutely priceless!
What the movies/tv/pictures don’t typically show is the reintegration aftermath. Unfortunately, most homecoming stories don’t usually end with “And they lived happily ever after…” immediately after those first hugs and kisses. Sometimes reintegration can just be
So if you think about it, say a little prayer for all of those families dealing with the challenge of reintegration. I am praying for peace, patience, joy, grace, and mercy for my brother-in-law, his wife, their 2 sons and their daughter as they navigate through the extreme high of this long-awaited homecoming and the stress of reintegration combined with a major move. I know my sister-in-law tries to make it look like she always has everything under control and she’s SUPER good at that, but I also know she is a normal milspouse just trying to keep her family strong and healthy. I love you guys, and you know I will do anything to help!!!
Welcome Home B!!!
** Note: The soldiers depicted in these pictures/video are not my brother-in-law.