Friday, July 23, 2010

Follow Friday...The Homecoming

Today I'm participating in Follow Friday 40 and Over!  Hop over to Never Growing Old and join the fun!
In August, 1990, Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait and before we knew it our troops and troops from around the world descended on Saudi Arabia in Operation Desert Shield.  It was a scary time, especially for those of us who lived in our little community in Germany. 

Being in a foreign country and saying good-bye to my husband who was going off to war was one of the hardest things I've ever done.  My children were five and six and even at that age had an idea of the seriousness of the situation.  When the war started, they cried and asked if Daddy was going to die.  It was hard to answer that question when I was wondering the same thing, only I had no one to ask.

The day Michael left was one of the saddest days, but the day he came home ranks as one of the happiest days of my life!  It's right up there with the day we got married and the day the kids were born!  This picture is one of my all time favorites because everytime I look at it, I'm reminded of what we went through while he was gone and how happy, excited and relieved we were when he came home!  Our family was complete!

What is one of the happiest days of your life?


  1. Having children for sure.
    Stopping by from the Friday hops to say hello.
    Have a great Friday!

  2. Sweet family photo!

    One of the happiest days was just a generic birthday -- but my daughter surprised me by flying home in secret, making it possible for me to celebrate my big day with ALL my girls again. And hubby, too, of course. It was a lovely day.

  3. My happiest day was when my mother woke up from a surgery on two extremely blocked carotid arteries.

  4. My happiest days were the days each of my 3 daughters were born.

    I am here via Follow Friday Forty & Over and enjoyed your blog. I'm looking forward to following your posts.

    Have a great weekend!


  5. Annette, that is such a cute photo and I can tell you are all so Happy :)

    With so many flights in our family of 5, business, vaca and college I am very HAPPY everyday people get home safely :)

    Have a wonderful weekend, T. :)

  6. Beautiful Story!
    LOVE the photo too.

  7. What a great story! The happiest day for me would be the day I got married because everything else that happened after that were results from my 4 sons!


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