5 Tips for a Smoother Homecoming Day

5 Tips for a Smoother Homecoming Day

5 Tips for a Smoother Homecoming Day From the moment your service member leaves for a deployment, you start thinking of homecoming day. You dream about that day, you plan for it. You spend hours looking for the perfect dress, the perfect sign and you want everything to go as smooth as possible. I have experienced four military homecomings plus all the random times we reconnected after a time apart. When I flew into Germany I was nothing but exhausted after the long flight with my toddler. Still, seeing my husband again after 4.5 months was everything. This was the …

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Our Very Last Homecoming

I rolled over and realized I had actually slept some the night before. However, it was only about 4 am. I didn’t care. Today was THE day and I figured if I got up and started getting ready, I would have enough time to do what I needed to do before the boys woke up. I plugged in the curlers and I got dressed into the outfit that had been hanging in my closet for about two months. It was just a red sweater and some jeans. I had also bought some new jewelry to go with it. I put …

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Favorite Military Homecoming Outfits

So…who has trouble coming up with the right homecoming outfit?  I always do!  I want to look pretty and cute but never really know the best way to do that. A lot of wives spend hours if not days searching for the perfect outfit. The secret is, it really doesn’t matter what you wear because your husband will be so happy to see you and you will be so happy to see him. However, spending the time to find the outfit passes deployment days and getting ready for the event passes the hours right before you get to go pick …

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And at the end of it all…Homecoming!

Military Homecoming

One thing I try to keep in mind is that at the end of the deployment, we get to experience something wonderful…homecoming. After all the long nights, computer conversations, emotional breakdowns, tears and lonely nights…it is finally over.  You wake up with a smile on your face thinking, “Is today really the day?” And it is. You get ready as soon as you can only to have hours to sit and wait for the final phone call. And finally, you get it. Someone on the other end of the line tells you those magical words, “Your soldier will be arriving …

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It’s really over!

military homecoming

So for the past 24 hours or so I have to remind myself that the deployment is really over.  He isn’t going to have to hop back on a plane in 2 weeks.  He is done.  And maybe if we are lucky we will get more than a year home with him this time.  It is a hard transition to go from single mom/waiting wife to a co-parent/there wife.  But we have made it before and will make it again…:)

He is Home!!!

Well after 11 months and 5 days my soldier is home from his 2nd deployment! Wow what a day it has been. I am so glad it is over so glad. The boys are so happy! My 5-year-old was super excited and went right to him. My 2-year-old was very very confused at first but by bedtime he was into daddy again.

Another Military Homecoming

military homecoming

As I am getting ready for Homecoming 2009 I can’t help but think back to Homecoming 2007.  It was a 15-month deployment and it was 11 months between R&R; and Homecoming.  This time seems so different since I just saw him in August.  The whole Homecoming thing is really cool…once you get that phone call of where you need to be. All the waiting until the Military homecoming just plain old sucks.  But it is worth it. You get to the gym (or wherever you are supposed to be) and you wait.  You wait.  And you wait some more. And …

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