December 2009 I said good bye to my husband for the first of many times to come. He left for boot camp just a few short weeks before Christmas. During the weeks before we spent several days with is god parents and sister celebrating an early Christmas and going up to the hot springs about and hour away from Portland. We also spent a few days with my family. His leaving was felt throughout our family.
Soon after he left I started spending more and more time with my mom as well as starting to pack up our apartment because I wasn't going to wait until he was done with all of his schooling to see him.
Christmas 2009 was bitter sweet I loved being with my family but I missed my love more than words could explain and it took a lot to get through that day and all the days after until we were together again.
Days after Josh left I decided I would be moving to Waukegan Illinois while he was in corps school just following boot camp graduation. Much to some discouragement of military personnel and sometimes my family I made the decision I wouldn't live without my husband if I didn't have to.
February 2010 I finished packing what was left of my apartment into my dad's spare bedroom and our "necessities" into my car and said good bye to our apartment forever and my dad and I started our drive to Illinois. We arrived in Illinois at the extended hotel that I would be living in for the next several months, several days before graduation. Those were the longest few days of my life but I tried to learn the area a little with my dad by my side. Josh graduated just a few days before his birthday.
Graduation was fairly cool, but it was damn freezing outside and me wanting to look nice was in a short dress that sure was gorgeous but I was FROZEN. You would never believe how good it is to hug your man for the first time in months if you hadn't had to be apart for long periods of time. Hugging him for the first time in a little over two months was amazing, I could have cared less about the graduation I just wanted to have that hug. After graduation finished Josh went off and got checked into his corps school just down the road from boot camp and several hours later we were able to get back together and spend an amazing weekend together.
We spent the next nearly 3 months together and living together for about 1 of them. That winter was crazy cold but once we got into the spring we were able to go to the amusement park just 20 minutes away and really enjoy our time there. Right after corps school graduation I got on a plane home while Josh and my dad (who had flown out that day) drove home and magically made it and 2.5 days. I spent the next 4 ish month's living between my mom and step dad's house and my brother and sisters home. All the while Josh was in school in Pensacola Florida.
While Josh was in Pensacola I was getting to know my best friend Lindsey C and her little boy Mikal. My other friend Lindsey H. gave birth to her first child a beautiful baby boy named Christopher just a month before Josh came home and we moved to NC.
Being home spending that time with my family and friends are cherished memories. I got to know my niece as a friend instead of just family and loved every minute of it. She is an amazing young lady who I would give my life for and she will always have a place in my heart that no once else could take. Lindsey C. quickly became my best friend and I spent as much time as I could with her and her family while home creating an extremely close bond with the woman I call my best friend.
September 2010 changed my life for the foreseeable future Josh came home and we started our several day journey to North Carolina.