A toast to home!
Last Wednesday night when the doorbell rang at 10:20 PM, it was the first time in 14 months that I didn't panic because it was late and someone was at my door. It was a pleasant surprise! Chris was home!
Right before Chris deployed, Joey purchased a bottle of Crown Royal XR with the understanding that when Chris returned home safely, they would drink it. The dream became a reality! Crown Royal is something that the two of them enjoy immensely and XR was definitely something to commenerate such a special occassion.
It is so nice to have Chris back. He seems to be enjoying all the simple things in life...family, food, air conditioning, clean smelling air, good drivers on the streets, free time and the ability to relax and not worry about what's going to happen next. We are enjoying being able to not panic when the doorbell rings, sleeping at night knowing everyone is safe, picking up the phone and just saying hello, visiting, getting hugs, and just seeing Chris safe and sound!!!