I have a million reasons why I love my closest friends, but one of the reasons is that we share excitement together. We count down until our husbands return, we get excited for one another when something good happens, and we celebrate great news with one another knowing the other will be just as excited for us. Originally my friend's husband was suppose to have leave right around the same time as Jason in the spring. A few months ago his leave was bumped up and since then we have discussed the start of Jason's soon after Steve's leave. So today was that awful day for her where R&R ends and you have to say goodbye again...yuck. As sad and emotional as she was she sent me a small message with a little smile face that said, "It is your turn now." What an amazing friend to still share my excitement on a day like today.
It feels like just last month I calculated the weeks until R&R the night after Jason left and cried. I cried knowing I would never make it that long without him or even make it to the next week haha. I felt like a lost soul without any hope that I could do this. Now here I am! Could it be it is really my turn in my group of friends for R&R? Is it actually almost here? I think maybe so. I have ALMOST survived what I thought was the unthinkable 27 weeks ago haha. :)