In the flurry of emotions that inevitably comes with the homecoming of a military servicemember, I tried hard to savor and remember every moment. But as I sit here now with my family eating a quiet lunch at home, it feels – somehow – like he never left.


And the duffel bag that once brought me great dread,

the one sitting innocently at my door today,

 means something completely different now.

He’s home.


22 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Gea gambrill-Warr
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 16:19:46

    Hey. Mrs Dehoff sent me your blog link:). How are you? I have often thought about you over the years. Where are you guys living? We are currently in VA about 20 minutes outside DC. My husband is also military and I can completely relate. He was a helicopter pilot for many years and several deployments later he switched his MOS to a Foreign Area Officer for China. We just got back from China in August and should be here about 6years before we go again. I am a nurse practitioner with a surgical team and seem to never have enough time. I have Greta (10) and Vince (3 almost 4). Write me back on email or fb friend me would love to hear from you. I laugh bc Greta goes and spends about 4 weeks in Ks every summer and hops between my mom dad and Jenny. I told her not too long ago that you use to visit every summer. Ironic that mrs Dehoff when then send the note. Ok take care


  3. Julie
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 13:25:14

    Woo hoo! It is a very strange time warp, isn’t it? So glad he is home. On to “reintegration”. 🙂


  4. Diana
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 14:02:26



  5. Semper Fi Fund
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 07:01:33

    Yea!!! Welcome home!


  6. Roller Coaster
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 13:20:51



  7. JuliAnne Forrest
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 09:04:34

    And all is good with the world…. enjoy!


  8. Norm
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 06:47:56

    Welcome back!
    Norm Harker


  9. Darla
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 22:16:36

    I saw all of the flags downtown and I was so happy for you guys!!! Thank you for letting us be a part of your life this last year +. I hope that you don’t stop posting, I know that I am not the only one that has enjoyed your humor and downright honesty in everything that you write.


  10. Erika
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 22:09:42



  11. Luise
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 21:50:29

    So, so happy for you! There may be tough moments to come, but remember that they will pass! 🙂 God Bless You and your family.


  12. Rondi
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 21:01:02

    Love it!


  13. DogBoy
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 20:08:56

    Andddddddddddd scene.


  14. Big Al
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 16:18:26

    Your best post ever!


  15. Chris
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 14:35:44

    Bery good. Be well. Be blessed.


  16. Amy d.
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 14:33:20

    I am overjoyed for you!!!! Almost in tears.


  17. deyank
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 13:15:16

    Wonderful post.


  18. Leah
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 12:58:38

    So happy for you all!! Enjoy your family time together!!


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