5.25.2011

Keeping My Eye On The Prize

Matt left again today. Making the long journey back to Iraq. Just like he did way back when ... on July 18, 2010 ... and on November 30, 2010 ... and on February 23, 2011.

Only this time there was far less angst. No real queasiness. No pit in my stomach. No crocodile tears.

Instead, he left us this morning with hope. With excitement. With a solid view of a light at the end of the tunnel. Our new house, in the semi-final stages of completion, as the dangling carrot. The raison d'etre. Everything we've both worked for over the past several years finally coming to fruition.

And as sad as we are to lose those extra set of hands, and hugs, and dirty clothes today, we know that the time is going to absolutely fly by, and we'll be reunited in Virginia in a blink of an eye.

Two weeks until our pack-out

Two-and-a-half weeks until we move into a hotel

Four-and-a-half weeks until school ends

Six to seven weeks until we move to Virginia

Seven to eight weeks until we move into our new house

Nine weeks, two days until Matt comes home. For Good.


I'm sure this last stretch of road may be a bit bumpy ... but I'm keeping my eyes firmly affixed on the prize. As I realize that all good things are coming to those who have waited ...

17 comments:

Smallbits said...

Wonderful! You are so close! I am thrilled for you guys. It is a prize well deserved. Best of luck these next few weeks.

Shannon said...

So glad the finish line is in sight! Sounds like the next 9 weeks are going to be busy!

Nomads By Nature said...

You have a lot to celebrate and to look forward to! Can't wait to see that blog post with you all home at home! Stay strong!

Christy said...

Oh my gosh this is so exciting Jill! Yippee! And less than two months till you're just a short drive away from me - YAY!!!!

emailing you right now!!!

Kristi said...

So excited about your new house- I'm sure you are going to make it gorgeous.

Every time Todd left, I was STILL finding and doing his laundry two days later... Big hugs.

Tara R. said...

So soon! Those nine weeks and two days will just fly by.

Mom24 said...

*Squeal!* So exciting!

Bfiles said...

how wonderful! time will fly by! so glad for you.

Kate said...

Sounds like you'll have plenty to keep you busy-hope the time passes quickly!

Issas Crazy World said...

So soon friend. It will be over with so soon.

Daniela Swider said...

Oh, very exciting indeed and with so much on your hands, Matt will be back and you will be in your new home before you know it. You'll be busy for sure but it will be so totally worth it in the end!

Heather said...

So happy for you! We're right behind you on the timeline. Good luck with pack out and all the other stuff and keep those eyes on the prize!

Loukia said...

Yes! Only nine weeks! You're SO close! What an exciting time for you guys. Good luck with everything!

Stephanie Smith Norberg said...

To quote a certain someone in the sorority house hallway... *happy happy joy joy! happy happy joy joy!*
xoxo

Kat said...

Such a wonderful attitude you have. I love it.
I hope that these 9 weeks fly by for you and that you have some amazing moments in there that make them special too. :)

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modestmuse said...

Congrats! You guys are almost there!! This time will fly by. Can't wait to see what's in store for your family.

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