Wow. I can't believe it. I know it sounds stupid to read this and you probably barely know me and you can't really gauge whether I believe it or not - but I promise that I really truly don't believe it. We have made it to another milestone. Three hundred days. In this slow trickle of time - of the true sands through the hourglass - we have conquered another hurdle --- three hundred days. It makes me want to cry. Okay, you caught me. I am crying.
Every time we reach another milestone - it gives me more courage - it gives me more strength - it gives me the ability to tell myself that no matter how much this sucks, that I can do this - because I've done it for xxx days so I can do it for xxx more days. It also helps because I know what to expect. I know that the days aren't as awful as I thought that they would be. Yes, it is hard without Al - but I am stronger than I thought that I was - and I have so much support in my friends and family - and in perfect strangers that I don't even know - especially computer friends --- and even in our blog readers - your comments can brighten up the gloomiest of days!! And Al - he is truly my best friend - always has been - and always will be - he manages to email or call pretty much every day - and he gets me to smile or laugh on even the worst day --- and makes time fly by, even though he is trapped in the sand.
So, wherever you are - whatever you are doing - please toast a "Happy 300" with us!! You helped get us this far -- and we really appreciate it!! Every day from this point forward is one day closer to homecoming! (Our next milestone is 267 Days - or 50% completion of our 545 days of the written deployment orders)