Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gib is home!!!

After getting delayed leaving Iraq and into Kuwait, he had to spend 24 hrs in Kuwait to wait for the next flight out. Once out of Kuwait he landed in Germany and then into Dallas and finally back in to Tucson where he belongs!!!! It is so nice having him home....although Kieran wasn't so sure at first hehe. As a surprise to Gib, I invited his godfather Jimmy and his family to the airport to welcome him home and even got a hold of a wonderful photographer through Operation Love Reunited and she came and took pics for the homecoming (pics to follow). After getting his bags we headed home.

After being home all day Gib looked and me and said lets go to Phoenix...tonight. So late Friday night we hopped in the car and Gib drove up to Marge's house. While there we hung out, went to see "How to Train Your Dragon"--which is super cute and funny, visited friends who are more like family, and went to the Arizona Science Center!!! (again pics to follow) It was a great time.

We returned yesterday to the apartment and did some errands today and mostly lounged around. I bought Gib a new X-Box for his birthday so he is currently playing as I type lol. For me it is time to face reality again. Classes, papers, presentations, and exams do not take a break despite my avid protests against all things school during RnR, which means I will be starting back up here tomorrow with all that fun stuff while Gib hangs out with his best buddy and plays video games.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Have a Little Faith

Today I went to my friend's daughter's baptism at a local LDS church, it was a wonderful service, and Rachel was beautiful, and her mom and dad were very touching. Now I have never been to an LDS baptism, but it was interesting because I have been to many baptisms and although they are all different in how they accomplish it, the idea behind it is the same--A little faith and love will help you get you through life. It's one of those themes that if you look for it in music, you can find it. If you look for it in religion, it's there. If you look for it in your relationships, it's there. Faith and love are not my only live-by life philosophies but they make up a decent chunk of it.

In our life together, Gib and I hold on to this with every fiber of our being. We love each other dearly and I have faith that no matter how many times he needs to leave or how long he is gone for, that he will always come home. For him, his faith lies in the fact that no matter where he goes or how often or how long it takes, that he will have me to come home to, always. We hear it all the time "I don't know how you guys do it," and really...we just do, that's it. I need my doctorate, it is way more than a want, and he always knew he was military bound, so in our minds' there is no alternative. The only way we get through life is faith in each other, our love for each other, lots and lots of hard work, and continuing on with a "normal" life by going to work, or to school, or to dinner with friends, or to baptisms.

With that I will leave you with a pic of the group of family and friend's at Rachel's baptism.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Countdown Is On

RnR is less than 2 weeks away. Gib has been gone for 254 days or 8 months and 2 weeks and we are ready for a break. I put in many extra hours at clinic during spring break so I can take off 2 weeks for RnR, and I am in need of a major break from school, and Gib is in need of a major break as well. He is one of the last 3 guys in his battery to get RnR. I can't post exact dates because of OPSEC but we are less than 2 weeks and counting.