I can’t believe how fast this week has flown by. Joe was lucky enough to spend a whopping four days home for the Thanksgiving holiday, that’s fine…I am thankful enough for that, given this was his first turkey day home in 4 years. Four deployments to Iraq and five to Afghanistan, his Thanksgiving meal consisted mostly of just the VERY basics…and good they were NOT. Bless the cooks’ hearts, they did try their best, like boiling steak (yes, seriously), etc. The guys learned to be very “creative” in what was available. MRE’s were looking pretty good towards mid~deployment and my boy usually came home 30 pounds lighter, not by choice. All in all, we were very blessed to be able to serve our country, and did so very proudly. Through many missed holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, every~day~goings~on, broken appliances, dead fish (ALWAYS when he is gone…always), lonely nights, etc. we prevailed. My motto during deployment was “She Who Waits Also Serves”…and I was both proud and honored to do it. It was our life at the time. As hard as those days were, we managed to get through it all. And came through it stronger than ever…we are fighters and not even 12,000 miles away from each other for months on end could ever change the love we have for each other…it only made it stronger. And we would not change One. Single. Thing. And would do it all over again should the need arise. Enough of that…that could be an entire post by itself…”The 20 Things I Learned From Deployment”…perhaps another day.
With him being home for these four short days, I did not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and, believe it or not, I have never EVER made nor eaten Monkey Bread. I know, it’s just not right…it is all sorts of wrong. So, I got to nosing around and figured this would be a great weekend snack AND a very quick one to whip up. So, muffins baked and iced, ready for our morning coffee/tea…our weekend begins…and I couldn’t be more thankful. Semper Vigilo (always vigilant, always watching) Joseph!!!