Chet left Afghanistan last Sunday (April 29th) and arrived home a week ago (May 5th). He had a three-day stop in Germany, where he was SPOILED ROTTEN by the USO staff. He felt very undeserving of the gifts and 5-star treatment he received, but I love knowing that our military members are appreciated for their sacrifices. Here are some letters/notes that were left on his bed:
The long letter you see there was written by a little girl in elementary school. Here are a couple of great quotes from her letter:
"You have done so much for me and our country. I really give thanks to you for helping keeping me safe."
(after explaining that she is one of three young children) "My moms name is Kathy, she dosent have a job." (Ha! Think again, little one!)
The paper with a heart on it is from a much younger child. Inside it says "Your my best friend. Be good." I LOVE what little kids write!
Okay, back to the knee injury. Even though the orthopedic surgeon is sure the ACL is torn, Chet is scheduled for an MRI the 17th. He will see the doctor the following Monday (the 21st) to discuss the MRI results, and then surgery will be scheduled. We are really hoping he has surgery by June 1st, just to get this party started as soon as possible. (For those of you who don't know, I tore my ACL in high school and had it repaired...I wouldn't wish the surgery/recovery process on ANYONE!)
It is strange/wonderful/unexpected to have Chet home. When your husband leaves for deployment, you expect to see them when the deployment is over...not sooner. You would think I would be only thrilled to have him back (don't get me wrong, I AM thrilled), but I think both of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the unexpected change in plans. When I first learned he was coming home, I felt guilty, because it didn't seem fair for him to be home while all of the other husbands were still away. (Granted, it's not going to be all fun and games what with knee surgery and recovery.) Then I thought about it a little more and realized it had been 95 days since we had seen him...and that is a long time. Not as long as it was supposed to be, but still long. I can only pray that the next few months fly by for the rest of the families we know.
Sydney and Lorelei are thrilled to have Daddy home. For the last 3+ months, when I would ask Sydney "Where's Daddy?", her answer was "Daddy's working in Afghanistan." When she saw him Sunday morning (he got in too late Saturday to see her) you could tell she was shocked, but she warmed up very quickly. Now she says, "Daddy's working at home." Ha! Lorelei is as excited as a 6-month old can be about Daddy being back. I'm very excited about him getting to see Lorelei, because he was in Djibouti when Sydney was 5-11 months old, and completely missed this baby stage. He is totally in love with her.
I'll keep you posted on surgery details!