Chad called today. He sounded so good! Yesterday when he left the message he sounded tired and sad. I told him that he sounded a lot better today and that I thought he sounded tired and sad yesterday and he sad he felt both yesterday, but that today was a good day (so far). The boys both got to talk to him for a moment. Jack's first thing well only thing he really said was "Daddy, when you come home?" "Soon buddy" was his answer (and we are so close!!) Jacob talked to him a bit longer. I try not to listen too much to their conversations, so that they can just have that. Both boys were thrilled to get to talk to daddy. Unfortunately our phone call only lasted 8 min 37 seconds and his time was up (so much for the 20 minutes that they told him he had!). But, it's ok. I got to at least talk to him and hear his wonderful voice!
The rest of our Advon (Adnvanced Party) came home today. Unfortunately I was not home when they came in. I'd went out with a friend, thinking we had plenty of time but was wrong. We got back on post right about the time the Welcome Home ceremony would have been happening. We were disappointed, but ultimately all that matters are that these soldiers are now home, safe, and with their family and loved ones.
We have 3 units that all deployed about the same time, including our guys. One of them returned home today! After my friend and I left the gym (where the welcome home ceremony was held) we saw the buses! They were escourted by the MP's! It was truly wonderful to see those buses! My friend and I looked at each other and we both admitted to having goosebumps. One of her good friends husband was on that bus and so she called her and told her "they're here"!! To know that at that point soon, so soon those families were all going to be reunited again!
Soon it will be us. We're the last unit to come home. I can't wait!