Okay I know, kind of late posting this, but we finally got internet at our new home in Biloxi a few days ago (Finally!) It has been an interesting past couple of weeks, a lot of exciting times with a few rough patches here and there, but nonetheless some of the best memories were made.
Our 2 week journey started on the first day of March. With the help of my parents we packed up our majorly downsized household items in a little U-Haul and hit the road. We drove 8 hours to Chicago to catch a flight to break up our trip a little for the kids. Long story short, the flight cancelled and we ended up driving the whole 20+ hours (not including stops) to the Gulf Coast. Anyone with young kids know how rough it can be to travel long hours in a car. I don’t know about yours, but my kids don’t sleep well in new places every night. And when the kids don’t sleep well, this mama doesn’t either. Unfortunately, with all that lack of sleep we caught some nasty head cold on the way down. Last thing we needed, but hey we made it! We had one day to unpack the U-Haul in Biloxi at our new apartment and the next day we hit the road again to San Antonio, another 9 hours of driving time, not including stops. Everyone in the car would agree that this last stretch was the hardest. We were so done with driving and the kids and I were not feeling too hot to put it lightly. That next morning though made it all worth it, no matter how crappy I was feeling! It had been 8.5 weeks since I had seen my husband last and I wasn’t about to let anything in the way. And that included the cold windy weather we also had to deal with. Get this, it was sunny and 75 the day we left to San Antonio and the next day it was rainy, windy and 45. They even had to cancel the Airman’s run, one of the most exciting first events where you get to watch your Airman well.. run! That was a bummer, but again, I wasn’t about to let anything in the way. Nothing could get me down, because I knew that the Coin Ceremony was the next event on the schedule that morning (Something that couldn’t be cancelled) It wasn’t held in its normal spot because of the weather, but I think the spot that they moved it to was a little more intimate.
The Coin Ceremony was awesome, it was moving. So many proud parents and spouses were in tears, including myself, my parents, and my husband’s parents. I wasn’t able to find Drew standing in the midst of hundreds of other Airman during the Ceremony, but during the Honors Graduate recognition, his name was called…
(He’s the one saluting in the middle :) )
I had a hard time recognizing him at first. My step-dad was taking these pictures and spotted him saying “That’s him!” I was like What.. that’s him?! And then it clicked, it was him! He looked so different from the guy that left me with a goodbye kiss just 2 months ago. I know it had a lot to do with the uniform, the glasses, the haircut and such, but what got me was the way that he carried himself. My heart swelled looking at him. I was so proud. So proud of him for not only graduating BMT, but graduating at the top 10% of his class and being chosen as an honors graduate.
After the Coin Ceremony ended, the Airman were immediately released, except they couldn’t move until someone “tapped” them out. They say it’s kind of like the final test, they are told to hold their composure until family/friends find you and “tap” you out with a hug for example. I had been anticipating this moment for a whole two months. My heart was racing as I searched through the crowds of people already tapping out there Airman. I finally recognized someone that looked familiar. I seriously had to get about 3 feet away to finally realize that it was my husband! (how embarrassing, right? ;) ) That first embrace was everything and more that I had expected. Words cannot describe all that I felt in that moment.
The rest of the day was great getting to spend time with him and family on base. So much catching up to do! It was also a transitioning day for my husband coming straight out of BMT, lets just say he was told to relax a few times ;) The next day the weather took a turn for the better, still a little chilly, but the sun was shining, which made for an awesome parade that morning!
Again, after the parade, the Airman were released to be tapped out. On this day, they had town pass, so we were finally able to take him off base with us! A few places we got to visit were the San Antonio Zoo, The Alamo, and the Missions National Historical Park.
It was such a memorable weekend getting to spend some quality time with my husband and watching how happy our children were to see their daddy again. I am so excited and so proud to start life as an Air Force wife. I know there will be hard times, I understand that, but with my God and my husband by my side I have no fear. I am so looking forward to what is in store for us and ultimately to be living life again side by side with my wonderful, dedicated, motivated, sweet, loving man whom I love so deeply.❤