My second homecoming was the homecoming that almost didn't happen. They request that family/friends be there 2 hours early. I'm sure this is because the flight could be early or late. The 1st one was about 30 minutes late and I was there 2 hours early with no problems. The 2nd one was on the day before Thanksgiving. It was a sunny, beautiful (but cold) day. As I was getting on the highway and about 40 minutes from arrival, I saw a highway sign that said the highway was closed at exit 18...I have to go to exit 1. This is not looking good...on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving, with a lot of people traveling.
I had an alternate exit in mind and got as far as exit 24 before we came to a grinding halt. Now, due to my 2 hour early window, I had plenty of time...or so I thought. An hour of sitting in traffic on the detoured route and I decided we had to find a way around or we would not make it. We were still 15+ miles away and had an hour and 20 minutes before the scheduled arrival. I still had to get to the base, stop for a pass and make my way to the shuttle area. This was not looking good.
Thank heavens for smartphones and accurate maps. After 15 minutes of winding my way through backroads, we landed back at exit 18. Either traffic was now getting through slowly or people were turning around, but there wasn't much traffic coming from the direction of where the highway was closed. We hopped on the highway and put the pedal to the metal. After all was said and done, we made it 20 minutes before the "scheduled" arrival, which ended up being 20 minutes late. Too close for comfort.
This arrival was in the dark, so unfortunately the arrival pictures are just too dark. The excitement bursting...
One of my favorite pictures...anticipation
Sometimes, there are just no words...
He's been gone 17 months...they've been married 8 months...this homecoming was a long time coming!
Welcome Home Soldiers! I have 1 more scheduled before Christmas. I am blessed to be a part of this organization.
Thanksgiving week was super crazy this year. This was the first year we didn't spend with family. I missed our annual black Friday crazy shopping with my mom, but it was ok. I have A LOT to be thankful for.
First off, I am thankful for a loving and supportive husband, that puts up with me and my craziness. I am thankful that he served our country and that he got out before we were married. I had 2 OpLove homecomings Thanksgiving week. 2 different ladies waiting patiently for their Soldiers to come home from a war-torn part of the world. Many months of separation, nights of sleepless worry and they were finally coming home.
Homecoming #1 was on Monday and turned out to be a snowy return. Beautiful and cold. Laughter calms the nerves of the late flight.
Has anyone else wondered WHERE the heck November went?! Granted we're only 3 weeks in, but THANKSGIVING is in 2 days! Which means it will be Christmas in 30+ days. Oh my! I have to say though, that I am about done with everything! I have a few uploads to do yet, but I am so far ahead compared to last year! And so thankful. We had a beautiful Thanksgiving Community church service the other night and I've been packing food boxes...which my boys helped deliver tonight. I am so thankful and so proud of how far we (and they) have come.
I thought I'd have a nice, peaceful week, after getting rid of the kids for the week. I've come to accept our horse show break. I don't really like it, but there's nothing I can do about it, so I just have to suck it up. (We start school at the begining of August, go for 2 1/2 weeks and then get out for 11 days thru Labor Day weekend for our local horse how.) It really stinks because you just get back into a routine and then they're out again. Oh well. This year the kids went to visit their uncle and hang out at the lake.
Boy, I got way off track! :) After dropping them off, I realized I was missing some money ($100) from my pocket. Then figured it was just on my nightstand (or the bookshelf where my receipts from the night before were) and I would get it when I got home. But once I got home and could not find it, I realized I must have lost it. Then honey comes home and says someone was in the house while I was gone and while I would hope it wouldn't ever happen, the opportunity "to snag" it was there and it could of happened. I was beyond upset. Upset at myself for either 1) losing it or 2) leaving it out and giving someone the chance to snag it. I called the one store that I stopped at and asked if someone had turned it in. (Really, what are the odds?!) Of course their answer was no, but they took my name and number "just in case." I slept on it and was still upset the next day. So, I went to church and prayed on it. Prayed for forgiveness for myself for losing it and praying for the person that could have taken it.
I decided to leave it in God's hands and what will be, will be. We had a nice Sunday. The weather was beautiful and we took a nice drive. I had heard of this church on a hill somewhere near here, so we went in search of it. (I'll post those pictures tomorrow.) Later in the day, we took a walk around town and the lighting was beautiful. So since Sunday nights are dead in town, I drove back down to take a picture. And right where I parked, I noticed a $1 bill. It was pretty beat up, but I had to laugh. And then I looked over a few feet and saw a crisp $5! (There is no one around that it would belong too. I am the only one around.) God's sense of humor! Was this the "change" left from the $100 that "might have" been snagged from me or just God's sense of humor? I laughed about it because I still didn't want to believe someone would have taken it. (And I would never know because I would never confront the person.) Fast forward to this morning...Tuesday...I'm doing some work and the phone rings. Caller I.D. identifies the caller as Kroger...the grocery store I could have lost it at. Answering the phone, I am told that they found my $100! So maybe the $6 was "interest" while God "borrowed" my $100 for a few days? I don't know, but I couldn't have made up that ending for anything!
UPDATE: It was a couple weeks before we were back in church due to some traveling, but I gave God back his $6! :)