Monday, September 28, 2009

The Last Goodbye

A storm blew in from the North last night. Temperatures outside have dipped into the 50's and there's a bone-chilling wind. Normally I greet the Autumn weather with a bit of trepidation. Colorful trees,warm, cozy fireplaces and snuggly knit sweaters hold the initial charm of season's changing. But as the temperatures steadily drop you know that it won't be long before the roads are glazed in ice and snowstorms will dictate your ability to make plans and keep them. Plus, I have zero tolerance for cold... I. Do. Not. Like. To. Be. Cold.

However, this year the shivers down the spine from the first chill outside holds a bit of a thrill. By the next time warm weather sets in, Andy will be home. Never have I so anticipated winter. Ever! BRING IT ON.

After being apart for 135 days, Andy finally got to come home for 15 blissfully wonderful and horrifically fast days together before we had yet another tearful goodbye for another approximately 130-some, give or take, days apart.

Our one-year anniversary was on the 30th of August. Andy came home on the 4th of September and we celebrated in style, re-visiting our honeymoon location on the Carribbean beach of Mexico.

It was an absolutely beautiful time making memories together we'll always cherish. We spent 8 nights in Mexico, and then returned home for the small remainder of time that was left. Every day we were together I was reminded over and over again of how wonderful my husband is and how much I love to be with him and how great it will be when we never have to say goodbye like this again (not that I ever doubted the above-stated facts).
It was especially special this time around because for the first time we had a home of our own for him to come home to. A real home! And we loved every minute of our own space and our own time. He was so cute about how much he liked it... *grin*
(Cutting our wedding cake... and yes, this time it ended up all over my face. But naturally he didn't get away with it)

And then it was time again to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes! But the only good thing about this one was... it would be the last one. It is a relief now that we are in the home stretch... Sitting at the wretched airport wishing the clock would just stop for once, I felt a slight tinge of happiness (as much happiness as the moment would allow considering the circumstances) when it hit me that we would never have to do this again.

For now, of course I still feel every hour that drags by. I'm all for skipping October, November and December this year. But next time I kiss him hello, I will be kissing goodbyes goodbye!


Kate said...

So glad to have an update!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! :)

Anonymous said...

I think of you often, Brittney. I'm all for kissing goodbyes goodbye! Those pictures were great. I especially liked the foot one...but then I'm kinda weird. =)

Deborah said...

Very cute pics Britt!! I'll be praying for you and Andy and that the time will pass quickly for both of you. <3 ya!

Melissa Searle said...

Your so strong Britt :) Glad you two had fun away, sounded really great! I am sure you miss Andy so much, but your right, at least this was the last goodbye! :)Loved all your pics, so sweet. Memories to treasure. Thinking of you! Miss talking to you, so hope to catch you around sometime. :)

Ashleigh (Heart and Home) said...

Hooray for never saying goodbye again. :)

Jenna said...

So nice that you were able to spend those days with your husband and be together for your first anniversary! My husband and I just passed our one week anniversary. ;) Thankfully, so far we've only had to say goodbye the last couple days when he has gone to work (and he comes home for lunch!). I admire your courage to persevere during the times you are apart from Andy. May God be with you as you wait for your husband to come home!

Kate said...

Hey there Brit!

I tagged you for a little fun to pass the time...