As most of you know, my youngest son, Zachary, is in the Air Force and was deployed to Iraq six months ago. It was a very stressful time for me. When he left I made him promise to call or text me every day. He kept his promise. I heard from him everyday.
Last week he wrote us and told us that his replacement was supposed to arrive this week. Zachary had to train him for three days and then he could start his journey home. The problem was, when Zachary left for Iraq, he got stuck in Kuwait for three weeks. We were worried his replacement would be stuck too. On Thursday, he sent us a message that his replacement had arrived and Zachary was scheduled to fly out of Kuwait this Tuesday. He said he would have to go back to his base for a few days and might be able to come home next weekend.
This weekend we were supposed to go visit our middle son, Sam, in Cleveland. He called us a couple of days ago and told us not to come because he had to work all weekend. We were sad but understood. Things were just not working out!
Yesterday morning our eldest son, David, called us to ask what we were doing this weekend. We invited him for dinner. He arrived around 5:00 with his dogs. A couple of minutes later, the front door opened and Sam walked in. We were so surprised and not quite sure what was going on. A minute later, the front door opened again and Zachary walked in. We were in shock. Apparently he got back to the US last Tuesday!! He had been messaging us this past week from New Jersey!
Needless to say, there were lots of tears, hugs, kisses, more hugs, maybe a few more hugs, laughter and another hug or two!
We are so thankful to have him home once again. It was an amazing night.
I do want to thank all of you who sent him cards while he was deployed. He loved receiving every single one of them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.