I was up at 6:20 this morning, and anyone who knows me well knows that does not come easily. I dislike mornings so much. I was over at the Inn where Michelle and her family were staying by 6:45 and the van was loaded by 7 am and everyone was loaded in. We went by the Battalion for Matthew to sign out, for the final time, and we were off. It was such a bittersweet moment pulling through the gate for them one last time, for me knowing it'd be the last time my friend would be with me in my van most likely.
The drive to Nurnburg was quick as always. The beauty of the Autobahn is no speed limit in most area's of it so you can drive very fast and boy do I like to go fast! LOL Trust me this is not something I come by naturally, but on the autobahn it's far more dangerous to be driving less than 70 miles an hour, personally I think it's simply ignornant and simply put if you can't keep up with traffic you shouldn't be driving on it, unless the speed limit's put up there. Our first time in Germany I freaked out driving on the autobahn, so this time around is really big for me that I can drive 90 or even faster and not feel out of control, heck I'm still getting passed by!
So anyways.....we got to the airport got all their luggage on the carts, and inside. We waited for a good 30 or more minutes in line only to find out we were in the wrong stinking line! The next line though was maybe a 10 minute wait, if that! Off upstairs we went and it was time to say goodbye. The moment they got into line the tears started coming, great here they come again. I took some pictures, had Matthew take a picture of Michelle, Rose, and Me, gave all 4 of them hugs, gave Michelle one last hug and she said she was planning on coming back when I have the baby, oh I hope so. I simply can't imagine life over here without her.
None of you know what a life support she's been for me. I love her and I miss her already. A little bit ago I almost called her to tell her to come and look at the playroom (Chad's painting it, he'll finish the last wall tomorrow and it looks AWESOME btw), then it hit me....she's gone. I'm so tempted to just call her number and see if it's disconnected. I know, I know crazy, yet here I am phone close at hand thinking "maybe she's not completely gone". Oh man I wish she wasn't gone. I wish she were here when our baby was born. She is one of the few people I completely trust to leave my boys with, know that she will love them, not put up with any naughtiness. I know that if she was here when the baby was born, the boys would have stayed with her so Chad could have stayed with me and the baby. We have other friends who I trust to leave my boys with, but she's one of my true heart friends.
She's supposed to email me tonight or tomorrow once she gets to Florida. Her dad is picking them up. They'll land in Florida at 6:30 pm Eastern time, 12:30 am Germany time. They're going to be exhausted. I know they'll probably sleep on the plane, but we all know that's not restful sleep. Not like in a bed. Oh and Rose is sick. She's not even a year old yet, so you know what life's like with a sick baby. She not only has the cold that everyone has (my boys thankfully did not give it to her), she also woke up last night vomitting, and diarreah. Yeah fun huh and think they got on a plane this morning at 9:50 my time and will not get off for the final time until 12:30 AM my time! So if you will, they still have 6 hrs left on the flight, pray that Rose is doing well and that they're all able to get some rest on the plane.
Well, Chad's about to get out of the shower, and we're going to go pick up Chinese. (The place that Michelle introduced me to actually) the boys went to Playmobil with friends of ours for the day and Jacob will be spending the night at their house. Bobbie just called to see if they could take the boys to Pizza Hut (in Nurnburg) and if Jacob could spend the night, so they'll be home in about 1 1/2 hrs. It's been a nice, quiet day. We don't have days without the boys. I LOVE my boys being home. I'm not a mom who wants her kids gone, obviously...I home school and love being with my children. It is nice to have breaks though and I know they're in great hands and having a great time. Chad and I love our time together as a couple and I am so thankful that my husband is my best friend and that I truly enjoy being with him.
Ok I'm off. Thank you for the prayers and warm thoughts. This is probably one of the worst parts of the military, making friends and having to let them go. It's a hazard of our life and well simply put I have not gotten used to it even after 10 yrs of being married in the military. I am so thankful though, if it weren't for the Army and living in Germany I NEVER would have met Michelle and her wonderful family. For that I am so thankful for.
One last thing, I'll try to get the pictures downloaded tonight or tomorrow and will share with you my last moment with Michelle.