My little brother Zeb is home, after a very long year spent working as a medic with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan! We’re all so excited to have him home safely, especially given that over 30 Purple Hearts were awarded to men in his unit during their deployment.
Zeb brought his lovely girlfriend Charlotte with him. It was our first time meeting her and she fit in as though she has been a part of our family from day one.
This weekend, my three siblings and I were together for the first time in several years. Colin, Hilary, Zeb and I were able to surprise our parents – they thought Zeb was coming into town a full 36 hours later than he actually did. The surprise on their faces was priceless.
It was a beautiful Sunday, filled with laughter and happy giggles of little children. I had a couple of very hard moments, when the happiness felt almost suffocating to me, a nasty reminder of what I am missing, but I managed to get it under control with David’s help. I really enjoyed myself, in spite of myself.