Today went so well! I talked him into going to the early church service and on the way there I told him why but didn’t give all the details. I just told him I had a surprise planned for noon in town. For the next three hours he guessed and asked questions constantly. Everything from helicopter rides to horse back riding to flying in family! He even guessed a massage but I managed to not give it up until we actually got there. The massage was great. He loved it and was so grateful. I am so glad that I was able to pull it off and that he enjoyed it. Totally worth it.
Now we’re back home and the time has come for him to pack his gear and bags 😔. I’ve never seen so much camo! We turned the guest room into his room. He has a ton of tools and tool boxes. Since we don’t have a garage he definitely needed it most. It ended up working out though because he go issued so much gear! So instead of trying to cram everything into our closet, he just keeps all his issued gear in the guest room. I just checked in on him to see how packing was going and the floor was covered with gear and poor thing was just sitting in the middle so overwhelmed. Apparently he has to fit it all into like two or three bags.
Until now, its been some what easy for us both to avoid the topic of the deployment all together. But with his bags packed, its forced us to finally come to terms with it and its tough! Four days until we say goodbye. *Just want to clarify, he is not leaving for his deployment in 4 days. Rather I am leaving to go home for the holidays in four days and will not see him again until he gets back. Not breaking OPSEC.* Neither of us are ready… but are you ever!? Didn’t know how we would do it last time but somewhat we did, I know it will be the same way this time too. The last seven months where just practice for this. Heres to treasuring every second you get with your loved ones.