Drew arrived yesterday safe and sound. Drew's dad, my family and my uncle and his family all showed up to surprise him at the armory when the buses came in. It's funny that this time home (as opposed to the 2 week leave he had in March) feels so much more freeing. It's so nice to know he won't have to leave this time, and that he is home where he belongs. Thanks for all of the prayers and support-- we could not have gone through this year without you!
"And my God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ" Philippians 4:19
Over the past couple of weeks, countless people have come up to me wide eyed with excitement over the impending homecoming of the love of my life. The most common phrase I hear is "I just don't know how you do it," or "I would never be able to do what you do." Honestly, this situation from the outside looking in looks a lot worse than what it actually is like to go through. But as I look at the other marriages that have been put through the fire of a military deployment, I am faced with the grave truth that close to half usually don't make it through, or they have made it through, but will crumble soon after. It's a sad reality that I wish could be healed in some capacity. This truth alone made me reflect on my answer I have been giving all year. How selfish am I, to take the credit for making it through this year? It is HARD. The verse in Philippians has really struck a cord with me as I have reflected on all of this. God has given me strength to make it through this... when I don't feel like I can go much further, He picks me up. His hand has most definitely been upon both Drew and I in this trial. It is HE that has given me what I need to make it through. It is HIS hand that has picked me up when I have fallen. It is HE, and HE alone who has taken the burden from my weary shoulders. So yes, this deployment hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be, but my God has been greater than what my mind would fathom He would be. Isn't it great that we serve a God who works exceedingly greater than we could ever ask?