>> Thursday, May 27, 2010
Last Sunday was a hard day for us. My Marine and I went to the base to see our friends off to Iraq. G Company was leaving for 12 months. My Marine had trained with them over the past 6+ months, getting them ready to go.
It could have been him going on Sunday. In December he came home with the news that if he stayed in his current company, he would be deploying. As late as March, we still didn't know if he was going or not.
It was hard watching our friends pack up and get ready to go. It was harder watching the families left behind. I was there. I was in their shoes. I watched as my husband flew away from me and my daughter (who was only 8 months old and said "Dada" for the first time the day he left).
And while I don't know everyone, I can at least reach out to the families I DO know. As those helicopters were flying away, I made myself a promise that I would reach out, make sure they're ok, ask a spouse to go out for coffee or set up a playdate. Keeping busy makes the time go faster.
And so, I leave you with some memorable moments from G Company's departure. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.