I was feeling nostalgic today as it was one year ago that my husband returned from his fourth deployment. A few weeks ago, he came home from work, sat down at the kitchen table, and said, ‘I need to tell you something.’ He didn’t have to… I could see it on his face. Another deployment is on the horizon. But instead of focusing on the looming goodbye, I look at this picture and remember the hello.
At the time, I wrote: These are the moments that get you through the sleepless nights, the long days, the lonely holidays. It’s the dress whites, the pomp, the circumstance, the first kiss in almost a year— these are the moments you cherish as a military wife. Welcome home my love!!!
He is my hardest goodbye and my favorite hello. Here’s to the military spouses — may we always focus on the hello.
💓 – T. T.
Picture credit: the incredible Dyan Witt Photography