I seriously got the biggest surprise ever this week and it wasn't my husband getting to come home for a few days before deployment. Well, I guess that was the first surprise. The second one will have to be revealed after I tell this little tale.
My husbands ship pulled in this past Sunday for a few days before leaving again on deployment on Friday (tomorrow)! He had Monday and Tuesday off and then duty Wednesday before liberty ended Thursday, so our little family made the best of them. Dinners out, lots of Daddy/Son playtime and just enjoying every minute together!
|On our way to get Daddy Monday morning!|
|Home after 3 weeks.|
Then Wednesday rolls around. A friend posted a news article on Facebook saying, "Breaking: Deployment Delayed." Then more news stations started posting the same information. No one believed it. It was 2 days away! There was no way it was delayed.
My husband was on duty, so I couldn't ask him if it was true until he called me. He called about 30 minutes after the articles had been released and said that there was no change to the schedule. As he sat in the hanger bay talking to me there were cranes moving extra pallets of food onto the ship in preparation for deployment. Then the Captain came over the 1MC to make an announcement. The hubby said he'd call me right back when the Captain finished. Those 4 minutes seemed to drag on forever.
When he called back the second time I could hear the happiness in his voice before he even got out the good news. It was true! Deployment had been delayed! There was no word on how long until they'd leave again, but at that moment it did not matter. All I knew is that I'd been given more time with my husband...more time as a family.
Our future is uncertain. As a Navy family we're always on call. I'm learning that more and more now. All we can do is cherish every moment together and live like he deploys tomorrow.