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I am crushed, empty, and saddened to write this post, but reality has come to where we have to say goodbye. Yesterday, I said goodbye to the love of my life for another six (or so) months as he heads back to Afghanistan to complete his mission. It took everything in me yesterday not to cry, but that quickly shattered as I held him tightly knowing that I would not embrace his hug again for what seems like eternity. It was even harder to see him say goodbye to our son who he loves more then anything in this world. I have very rarely seen my husband cry, but I visibly saw his heart ache as we drove away for the airport. It was a very emotional day, but I am thankful that we are now on the downhill slide of this journey. It's been extremely hard to be apart, but we know that god has a plan for us and we will praise him for his glory in our lives.

Love is a very powerful word, and I know it's not enough to explain the bond I have with my husband and son. My husband is my soul mate, my best friend, and love for life. Even though it's hard to be without him, I am very honored to call him my husband. He is fighting for a cause, and passion for his country. He believes in the foundation of freedom and security. He is one that I admire for his strength and desire to make a change. He truly is my hero!

Joel, even though we are not together today or in the days to come, I want you to know that I think of you always. I dream of you while I sleep and when I wake I smile at the thought of your love you have for your family. I am extremely thankful to have you as my husband, friend, and father to our son. We are very proud of you and can't wait to see you come home for good. Until then, know that we are here remaining strong and with open arms. We will see you soon my love. I miss you already!

To our family and friends....Thank you for loving and supporting us through this hard time. Your grace has allowed us to call home in both Kentucky and Washington. Your support whether large or small means the world to us and we are forever thankful for to you.

With love,

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Comment by Jan on June 9, 2009 at 12:52pm
As the wife of a retired military officer, I understand your words all too well and there never seems to be adequate words to give to the one left behind. Your pride and love speaks volumes to us all though, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing yourself with us so that we can say a silent prayer for your husband, son and you.
Comment by Jennifer Carter on May 31, 2009 at 11:40pm
Thank you to you and your husband for keeping me and my son safe,I pray that your husband makes it back to you and your family .he will be in my prayers,ty again,that was a beautiful story !Jenn
Comment by Jennifer on May 26, 2009 at 11:25pm

Thank you to your husband, you, and your son.
Comment by Kathy on May 25, 2009 at 10:06pm
I have no words... thank you ....
Comment by Lisa @CrazyAdventuresinParenting on May 24, 2009 at 5:07pm
From one military wife to another, *huge hugs*

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