As a military spouse homecomings are as sweet as the birth of a child. From the second you wake up knowing today is the day to the moment your soldier is in your arms. The question posed to the readers was: Share with us your best memory of your military spouse coming home from a deployment, training, mission, or drill. After reading through many responses we found one that made us smile, cry and laugh! Since sharing is caring in the military spouse world, here is the homecoming story of US Army soldier Sean and his sweetheart Christine written in her own words.
Sean’s unit came home to Fort Riley in March 2011. The entire drive there for me was nice, warm, and sunny. It is over 1000 miles from our home to Fort Riley. It started raining as I arrived in Junction City, hours before they were due back, so I stopped at Wal-Mart to grab a few things I needed. When I got out of the truck, the rain was stinging my face and I realized it was sleeting! I ran in and got what I needed and went straight to Fort Riley because I was not sure what to expect with the weather. When I arrived at the building where the ceremony was to take place, it was still sleeting a little, there were only 4 other people there, and it was still about 4 hours before they were due back! I sat there calling and texting friends trying to keep sane as I waited. It was very stressful and emotional! You have no idea what frame of mind your soldier is going to be in when he gets home!
As the hours ticked away and the place started filling up, I noticed that people were coming in with snow on their heads! I didn’t think much more about it than, “It must be snowing.” When the time finally arrived for them to come in I was overwhelmed with emotion! Finally he was home! It seems like an eternity watching them in formation and waiting for the ok to “go get your soldier!” When Sean and I finally found our way to each other, through all the other families and emotions, I got the biggest hug and kiss I had ever gotten in my life! It was so wonderful to finally be back in his arms and know that is the only place he wanted to be as well! He was ready to get out of there so we headed out to the truck and discovered this crazy winter wonderland had occurred when we were inside waiting and it was still coming down!
Everything was covered with HUGE clumps of snow! It was beautiful, especially for someone who was in the desert for a year! He stopped, bend down some and said, “Hop on!” I jumped on his back and he went running with me through the snow! We were soaking wet and laughing and it was so beautiful! It was so much fun to have him home and smiling! God gave us a BEAUTIFUL night for it! I won’t share the rest of that night, but it was MAGICAL! Two days later all the snow had melted and it was warm and sunny again, but that night is a night I will treasure forever!
A big thank you goes out to Christine for sharing her story with us! For anyone out there who has a story to share, questions or comments, leave them below or email them to: [email protected]
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