I think Dan's been gone for trainings/deployments about 6 of the last 18 months. It's really nothing compared to the soldiers gone for long deployments, but for this mama, it's been a lot! Dan's missed half of the girls' birthdays and about 1/3 of the boys' birthdays. This time he was gone all of September to complete his officer training. It was only a month, and it happened to be the first month of school so we were really busy! But we missed him a lot!
He missed the first day of dance for the girls.
He missed Joshua's first day of hip hop class.
And so much more! And when he got home we were so very very excited. Meeting him at the airport was a real treat!