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December 23, 2011

6 years ago

Rob joined the Army a month after September 11, 2001...and left for basic training that November. Hannah was a baby then, but we were really struggling financially (we both got bachelors degrees in fine arts), so this seemed "right" for us in so many ways. It was something to do for a steady income and after the attacks on our country, Rob really wanted to help America in some way. This place we love...and call home.

We moved May 2002 to Fort Stewart, Georgia...in January 2003 Rob left for Kuwait and then drove in his tank to Iraq. I didn't hear anything for him for a month...he was on his way to Baghdad...had some serious missions. We found out I was pregnant with our 2nd daughter just before he left. It was a very emotional time for me, but I had a good support network, made lots of friends since we lived on-post, and my parents came down to help out a week before Olivia was born. We were very fortunate that his captain let him leave, we really didn't know what was happening...and he came home just a week before Olivia arrived!
Then, he went back to Iraq in January 2005. He came home Dec. 23, 2005 for good!!! Hannah was 4 and Olivia was 2. He told us of his days in the hot dry desert, the sand in everything, working hard as a track vehicle mechanic, waiting to come home. His 4 year contract with the Army was up. So glad to have him home!
I just finished reading this book that my friend, Charlotte, gave me...an excellent, sad, yet moving and hopeful story of a boy from Afghanistan. It's based on a true story! The kindness of strangers is a blessing...

As Abraham and Sarah entertained strangers long ago...

4 comments:

Sarah Euphemia said...

How awesome! My dad was in the Navy for 22 years and I had the opportunity to grow up in Okinawa, Japan. I love my experience as a "military brat" and am very proud of my dad for his service. Thank you to your husband for his service :)

elizabeth said...

so glad your family has been all back together for a while now! Blessed weekend to you! Nearing to our o.s. Christmas :)

Jeannette said...

What an anniversary...thank you for sharing it... Thank him ( and all his family) for his service Joyous Christmas.

Michelle M. said...

Those photos are beautiful! I can't believe how young the girls were. It must have been incredible to back together after he had been away for so long.