Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thursday 13.......#20.....Our heros homecoming

Here is our story in pictures of the events of today! Husband came home after being deployed fourteen months, one week, and four days.....we couldn't be happier.

1. Welcome to the ceremony....find a seat in the bleachers.....We told Husband we would be in te upper right (his right). With over 200 soldiers coming in in today's ceremony, we didn't want to get lost in the crowd.
2. Of course we had to use glass chalk to do up the car. You should have seen the smiles people gave us as we drove the 30 minutes to post.
3. A flag from every state of the Union is represented here....the other 25 were on the other side. Texas is the very first one. I tried to get the kids to take pics here, but it didn't go that well!!

4. This is a Cavalry division....these guys come out to every ceremony. Ours was the second of three they would do before the end of the day. The first one was before 6AM.


5. They shut down the street so they guys can get from the plane to the parade field as quickly as possible. Here is where I got weapy eyed. Five white buses pull in on the opposite side of the field......just waiting because you know your man is back there!


6. I like this woman's style!


7. Finally the last bus pulls away.....there they are, in formation. By now I am wiping my eyes as fast as I can, and still tyring to focus the camera.

8. They march across the field, and retire the unit's colors (the battle flags). After a very short speech, they are released.


9. Oh my! We found him...he was one of the few that wore his Stetson. Livi was so proud to reintroduce bunny!


10. Will just couldn't stop grinning!


11. A boy and his daddy, together again.



12. Oh, what is this? Did you bring home presents? From the desert, what could it be?


13. A chef's hat made from ACUs (Army Combat Uniform).....she looks so cute!

Well, hope you enjoyed the ceremony....every one is home and settled in.....Happy Thursday

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38 comments:

Cheeky said...

WOOOHOOOOOO!!!! And ummm who attended the Citadel????


The man is home the man is home the man is HOME!!!!!!

WorksForMom said...

I'm so stinking happy it ain't funny. When you first emailed me this afternoon about your flickr pics I almost fell off my chair.

My husband even wanted to see the shots. Like I re-iterated 1,000 times, I'm beyond thrilled for you.

Now go enjoy him. :)

ellen b. said...

Oh man congratulations to all of you on this wonderful homecoming. I need to step away from the computer to grab a tissue cuz this really moved me. Blessings!

Scoobers said...

crying over here! so happy for you all. welcome home to your husband and many, many thanks to him.

Happy Reunion! Enjoy the hell out of it :)

Kathy

Little Town Big Life said...

Weepy Eyes Here TOO!!!!!

Congratulations--he made it home!!!

Happy Holidays & please, PLEASE, thank him for me.

CrazyRN said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Your man returned home safely and healthy! I'm so happy for your family!

I bet there wasn't a dry eye in the area! I know I have tears in my eyes just seeing the pictures, especially the one of him and Will walking holding hands. Wow...what a moment.

Please tell him "Thank you" from our family.

If we don't hear from you in the next few days we'll assume that you've been keeping busy (wink, wink)!!

Desert Diva said...

I'm so happy for you, your husband, and your children! Bless you all!

SJ Reidhead said...

Bless you and bless your husband for taking care of my freedom.

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Head Hen said...

So thrilled for you and your family. Amazing. You are all heros and I know you are having a wonderful time seeing your children with their father! You did it--you made it through. You can breathe again. You can let someone else hold up the world for a few minutes now so you can actually sleep.

Greatfullivin said...

Welcome home to your hubby. Your story made me cry. What a wonderful homecoming and the happiest Christmas for you. God Bless and THANK YOU!

MonkeyDragon said...

God Bless you all - what a privilege and honor to be with you all today through your pictures and words.

lisagh said...

Best thing I've seen in ages. Thank you Tommie! (and a million thanks to M as well!!!)

Joyful Days said...

That is an awesome TT. I am so glad for your family. Thank your husband & thank you for sharing him.

Blessings.

CarrieB said...

I think I got read back through Sunday's posts before I realize I was holding my breath. I am SO happy for you. I'm crying here. Thank you so much for posting the ceremony photos, they really hepled me feel your anticipation.

God bless you and your family Tommie. You are an amazing woman and I am sure he is a lucky man and so proud of you.

Enjoy your family and the newness of being together again.

Merry Christmas!

MondaythroughSunday said...

AHH! My dad was gone for a year when I was a child and it was probably the hardest years that I can remember. Your pictures brought tears to my eyes! You must be so happy to have him home!! Thank you for that sacrifice! Great TT..Merry Christmas!!!

damozel said...

I'm so thankful your Hero is home safe! What a beautiful, happy 13!

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Kellan said...

I love that you took all those pictures - I felt like I was there and I was so excited to see him and then there he was with you little son walking off in the distance - I just cried and cried! I'm so glad he's finally home - I'm so glad for you! Enjoy your time together, Tommie and let him know that we are so very proud of him. Take care. Kellan

Jeannine said...

I am so happy for you!
I wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season!
Merry Christmas!

Candy said...

Looks like you and your family are going to have a wonderful Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas!

Libby said...

This is the Thursday Thirteen that you've been waiting to write for 15 months!! I'm so happy that you guys are all under one roof again!!

I remember you writing that you were waiting to decorate your Christmas tree until M. arrived home. Well, let the decorating officially begin because he's back!

With much love and my sincere and never-ending gratitude,
L

Korie B. said...

Oh yea! Now I'm all weepy! I'm so happy to hear that the family's back together again. Hold your family tight and have a wonderful Christmas.

Korie B.
(Carrie B's best friend)

Wendy said...

I love these pictures! I've looked at them several times now. So happy for you and your family! Enjoy every minute with him and have a great Christmas!

Oh yeah...I got that book you recommended and have been reading up! Thanks for the advice I think it will help.

T-Wan said...

Ok I'm sitting here in tears because I'm so happy for you and all the other families who's love ones came back on those buses. I too like the "MOVE THAT BUS" sign.

What a great gift.

patti_cake said...

I sat here teary-eyed the whole time I was reading. You did a great post Tommie
Um, Cheeky Tommie's hubs is a proud Citadel alumni!

Heather said...

Yay Tommie! I am so happy that he's finally home! YAY YAY YAY!!! And the pics made me cry, especially once the busses moved!

Monica said...

Oh Tommie, I am so happy for you and your family! I love the looks on the kids' faces...so precious. Hope you are enjoying your family time. :)

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

I'm so happy for you and your family!!! Welcome home to a hero, indeed.

Janet said...

I'm so happy for you, and I loved reading about the pictures :0-)

Fleur de Lisa said...

Home, just HOME! Yay!

Ashlee said...

Well just to repeat what the rest said....I sat here and cried again! I am so happy for you! You are blessed with one of the best presents ever...you husband home and in your arms safe and sound! Please give hubby a big hug for me and tell him thank you from the bottom of my heart! I don't know how you did it. Now, take a deep breath, relax and just soak him in!!! Have a blessed Christmas! Love to the whole family!

susiej.com said...

YIPEE!!! I'm so happy for you all!

Amy said...

I'm so happy for you!! Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Oh, how wonderful! I'm so glad your hubby's home. Give him a huge hug for my family who appreciate all that he does for us...and you and the kids having to keep up the good fight at home.

ElleBee said...

I don't even know your family and I was crying just looking at the photos. Move that bus, indeed! May we never grow tired of thanking heroes like your husband. Thank you. Merry Christmas. God Bless.

tongue in cheek said...

WELCOME HOME!
WELCOME HOME!
I have thought, prayed, and worried about you and your family since the very first time I read your wife's blog.
I have never known anyone who has gone to war.
I am glad you are back safely, and have a loving wife, family and home to rest and recover.
Blessings to you!

Pamela said...

It's been awhile since I have been able to have some time to read other people's blogs and I was so excited to see that your husband is finally home! So happy for you :)

Jessie said...

Ive been having internet problems all week so today is the first day that Im able to come by here and comment, but I saw your pictures on the Flickr a few nights ago, and I saw the babies clinging to your husband, and it ALMOST made me cry. So cute.

Im so glad that he's home safe and that you're all together again. Merry Christmas Tommie.

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