Towards the end of John’s deployment, I began reflecting on the past year and wrote a series of posts about everything that had happened and what I had learned from it. I don’t pretend to be an expert at deployment or military stuff. I know there are many brave women (and men) who have dealt with the deployment of their loved one many more times than I have (or probably ever will). Instead, I was basically writing posts that I wish someone would have written for me at the beginning of John’s deployment.
Surprisingly (or perhaps, not-so), the deployment and homecoming posts have been the most viral posts I’ve written and the ones I’ve received the most comments on. The response really was amazing and I am so grateful for it– it made me feel like a contributor to a community that I previously felt very distant and removed from. I thought I would put these posts all in one place now that John and I will be embarking on a brand new adventure that is considerably more fun and exciting than deployment– married life!