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Monday, February 01, 2010

The Deployment Is Over!

After traveling for 5 days, being in 5 countries (including the ones he started and ended in), and dealing with delays, Joe is finally back in the states!

He arrived at Baltimore-Washington airport at 0430 on Sunday morning.

Welcome Home!

The darn weather and delays interfered with my plans for meeting him at the airport (not at 0430, but his original arrival time of 1045pm Fri and then 830pm Sat.) So we were not there to celebrate the big homecoming, which made me a little sad - I wanted him to have his family greet him at the airport. But I have to let go of what I can't control and just remember the fact that he's home!

He did have an overnight layover so he was here all day Sunday and we saw him after all.

When the roads were in a better condition to drive on, I went to Baltimore to pick him up and bring him back here. No one told the kids where I was going, or that Joe was coming home.

Right before we got home my mom had Kayla and Lucas hold their 'welcome home' signs... and I think Kayla was so focused on making sure she was standing still and holding her sign she didn't quite know how to act when Joe came in! She very nonchalantly said "hi daddy" but didn't move from her spot! Not the reaction I was expecting out of her at all! It was nothing like when she saw him here and here. I think she was too stunned to react!



The kids loved having Joe here...they had so much fun with him all Sunday afternoon. Sunday night I stayed in Baltimore with Joe and Monday morning he left to go back to N.M. to inprocess and all that 'fun' stuff.

He'll be back here at the end of March when he takes a few weeks leave before heading to Charleston, S.C. in April.

I'm so glad this deployment is over ... now 5 more months to go before we're all together at our new base - Charleston AFB, S.C.!

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45 comments:

Michelle Z said...

Yay! I'm glad to hear Joe is 'home' safe & sound! Kayla looks so big - and so happy! :)

RK said...

Awesome!!! Kayla's reaction just cracks me up. Like "does not compute..." but yet there he is! Welcome back to the US, Joe! And we can't say it enough...THANK YOU for your service! And thank you Michelle for putting up with what that service requires. It does NOT go without notice and gratefulness from us.

Mommy Bee said...

Wonderful! I'm so happy for you all!

Tina said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! I've been waiting for this :)

Welcome Home, Joe!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Hip hip hooray!

My name is Sarah said...

What a happy surprise:)

mommaof4wife2r said...

oh my word....i am almost in tears thinking of how wonderful it must be to be together again. from me and my fam, thanks to you and yours for joe serving our country...we really appreciate it!

Renee said...

How wonderful ~ I am so happy for all of you!

Beverly said...

so happy that you all got to spend time with him. Im sure it was so sad not to greet him. Thankful he is home and safe. I hope the next 5 months go fast for all of you.

Mom24 said...

Yippee! So thankful he's home safe and sound and that you got to spend at least a little bit of time with him. I hope the next five months fly by.

Omaha Mama said...

Yay!!!!!!!!! Praise God! :0)

Jen said...

Wow...how exciting...I know you are so so happy. Seems like yesterday for me not you that he left. Charleston SC...what a beautiful place to live...God Bless you all! And tell Joe...thank you for serving our country.

Junior said...

so happy to hear he is safely home

Stephanie M. said...

Oh I can't imagine the joy that you guys must have felt to have him home and the pure unimaginable joy that he had to come home to see his kids and family.

Welcome home!

I hope these next 5 months ZOOM by so you guys can be together once again.

nicole from much more than a mom said...

Well, that little video made me cry. ;-) I am so glad to hear that he's home safe, and that he'll be really "home" soon. This five months may be even harder knowing he's so close, but at least he's safe from harm. Welcome home Joe!

The Munck Family said...

So happy Joe is back in the states!!!
How wonderful you had a night together and he mad it home to see the kiddos! LOVED the video...so sweet!

Bonita said...

Hooray! I'm so happy for your family! Thank you, Joe, for all of your hard sacrifices!

I just know y'all will want to stop by Charlotte, NC on your way to Charleston. Surely, it must be right on your way!

Jeanette said...

Oh Michelle, I am soooo happy for you!!

Marie said...

So glad he's "home". I'll have to come back to see the video. Gotta get to bed.

Carol N. said...

Michelle, thanks so much for sharing this video of Joe's reunion with the kids. You guys are amazing!

Carol N. said...

Michelle, thanks so much for sharing this video of Joe's reunion with the kids. You guys are amazing!

nichole said...

Yay! Welcome home Joe!!!

amy flege said...

she is a daddy's girl for sure! so happy for you that he is back in the US!

Regina said...

I just love your blog! I have been reading it for a while! So glad things worked out!

sanjeet said...

It does NOT go without notice and gratefulness from us.

Work from home India

AZ Mommy said...

I got all teary eyed watching that!! Welcome "home" Joe!

Kelly said...

Oh Michelle, I am so happy that Joe made it back home safely and that you had some quality family time! That video just melted my heart. The kids looked so happy to see their daddy! I hope the next 5 months go by quickly and that you are all together soon (having some fun in the sun)!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home Joe!! Thank you for sharing your special moment with all of us. I cried and cried and cried, what a beautiful moment. Thank you Joe and Michelle for your service to our Country!

Beth said...

So glad he is home but you know you break my heart with these videos!! I think I cry everytime I see one!!!!!

Thank you again for all of your service!!!

chelle said...

awwww this is awesome!!!

Debbie said...
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Debbie said...

I am so glad to hear Joe is safely "home" and that you all were able to see him. Best wishes for the fastest weeks possible until he is home on leave in March.

Tricia said...

Welcome home, Joe!!!!!!!!!

Tricia said...

Welcome home, Joe!!!!!!!!!

Kim said...

So glad he's back home safely! Loved the video and it looks as though Kayla took her job of holding the sign very seriously. Too cute!

PEA said...

Watching that video brought tears, so special to see Joe and the kids interacting like that after him being away for so long. I really do think they were in shock! lol I'm glad that he's now safely back in the States but I don't imagine it's something you can get used to, being separated for so long:-( xoxo

Ann said...

So glad he's home safe and sound! Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment. The videos make me tear up.

Nancy M. said...

I'm so happy he's safely home! Kayla must have been quite surprised! Sweet reunion!

Corey~living and loving said...

I am so very pleased for your family. ♥

Courtney said...

I'm glad Joe is home!! That must be a tremendous relief for you all!!

Christina said...

Yay! I am so happy for you! I hope it wasn't too hard on them when he had to leave again.

The Girls' Mommy said...

How cool is the internet and Skype that after a year apart a nonchalant Hi Daddy is possible?? I think that's an awesome sign.

Chrystal said...

That made me cry the happiest of tears!

Daddy's home!

Calico Sky said...

oh Michelle, I'm so so so so so so happy that Joe is home safe and sound!!!

Laura said...

Glad your hubby made it home safe! You will love Charleston! We have been here for almost 3 years, there are alot of great parks and fun stuff for the kids and then there is always the beach! :)Great blog, the kids are adorable!