A year ago I said goodbye to my husband.
It was not a major goodbye, like a divorce, but it was bittersweet as he was going to spend a year away with the military.
We have had quite a year while he has been gone.
Boo graduated from high school
Got to see Sarge in El Paso before his major jump off
Spent the Fourth of July together as a small family
Attended FRG Events
Bear turned 21
I spent the weekend in Detroit with friends
Boo moved out to college
Went camping at Michigan Fiber Festival
Went to Art Walk
And Art Prize
Attend a military tribute
Did Wine Tastings
Visited Fredrick Meijer Gardens
Did world wide spin in Public day
Learned we would be Grand Parents
Attended the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck
Saw my brother
Went to Exhibits
Skyped a lot
Celebrated the holidays
Had Sarge home on Leave for a short time
Went to shearing day
Had a baby shower
I have spent the year staying busy, but mostly, I have spent time finding myself and learning to like who I am. I have changed over the course of the year, learned what I like, what I don't like and who I am. I have spent many nights alone, knitting, spinning and thinking. There have been times where I have been very lonely, times where I have had way too many people around me.
My friends online and in person have kept me from going over the edge during this deployment. There were nights where a phonecall kept me from crying. Also nights where Twitter and Words with Friends kept me company. Other nights I would climb inside a book and escape.
I will not say that the whole deployment has been easy or fun. I missed my husband, I missed my kids, but I knew that it would one day come to an end.
Tomorrow is that day.
I get to pick up Sarge after a ceremony and we get to be together. The kids will be with us for a time as will some of his family.
I am happy to start the next chapter of this year as a couple again.