color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: THE LAST OF OUR GUYS IS HOME!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

THE LAST OF OUR GUYS IS HOME!!!


Vinny arrived HOME tonight quite unexpectedly!!! Seems when they got to Kuwait for their special detail, they were told that some other unit had picked up the work AND THEY WERE GETTING ON A PLANE TO GO HOME!
Someone checking over a manifest at the Rear D called Noah at the last minute and said, "Aren't you waiting for R... ? Well, he's on the flight landing in 5 minutes!"
Noah grabbed up some of the other Guys, they hopped in the car and drove like maniacs over to the airfield... On the way, I get this phone call with Guys laughing and all talking into Noah's cell all at once telling me they were going over to get Vinny... the last of my "sons" to come home!!
As soon as he was BOTGUS (boots on the ground U.S.), he called just like he'd promised. I was laughing and squealing and must have sounded like a school girl! They were off to tip a few pints... said they owed seven guys a few brews... and pictures of Benford, Bohling, Watkins, Corban, Hardy, Byrd and Summers standing with their brothers at the bar flashed through my head... and it brought a smile to my lips and a tear to my eye. I told them to be safe (like I always do)... told them I loved them... they said they loved me, too...
I thought I would be OK when Vinny got home... thought I was over the "homecoming rush"... but as soon as I got off the phone, I bawled like a baby as the enormity of this year crashed over me.
I clutched my cross and thanked the Lord for bringing our Guys home safely...
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19 Comments:

At 1/13/2006 4:26 AM , Blogger Shelly said...

I am so glad they all made it home safe, I have sat with you on pins and needles through it all, and you brought tears to my eyes just reading this.

Take care!

 
At 1/13/2006 7:00 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

Thank the Lord above they are all home finally. I have been thinking of those in the list that came home before their time & in a way we never would have imagined. Prayers for their families and for those missing them today.

BIG HUGS to Noah and all the guys. Love those smiles.

 
At 1/13/2006 7:20 AM , Blogger BetsyB. said...

AMEN! I am so glad all your "Guys" are home safe and sound. I've been keeping up with your posts and have been waiting for this good news.
I know Noah is glad all his buddies are back on US soil.
Thank you for sharing this extaordinary journey during this past year.
God Bless You.

 
At 1/13/2006 7:56 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

Such great news. So glad they are all home.

 
At 1/13/2006 8:23 AM , Blogger yankeemom said...

YAY! Welcome Home Vince!!

Even tho I didn't "know" your guys, I too breath a sigh of relief knowing they're all BOTGUS ~
(I love that word)

 
At 1/13/2006 9:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great day!!!! (wiping tears...)so glad they are home!!!!!
I wanted to also thank you for taking us all on your journey-it's been one hell of a ride!!
time for a party?....
tell Noah & buddies thanks for their service.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Theresa
GA

 
At 1/13/2006 10:16 AM , Anonymous Sharon said...

Wow.... what a relief for you (and of course their families!) and for all of us who have been following their exploits! These young men are such a blessing to all of us. Happy dancing all around!

 
At 1/13/2006 12:12 PM , Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Thank you God!
I can only imagine the relief.
May God bless them with alot of much needed rest and relaxation.
THANK YOU 3rd ID!
All we need is Dan home (safe and sound) and then it will be done.

 
At 1/13/2006 12:50 PM , Anonymous oddybobo said...

wonderful news. Thank you for keeping us updated. Bravo to those boys. Bravo!

 
At 1/13/2006 4:00 PM , Anonymous Brenda DLR said...

Huge smiles! Your boys are finally home! THANK YOU to them all for their service and sacrifice!! May all our soldiers return safely home.

As a person who doesn't have family or friend in harm's way, I thank you so much for allowing me to share in your experiences. In a way it helps to be able to feel that connection and a way to personalize the extreme pride I feel for those who serve. Thank you for your beautiful way of sharing this experience with all of us

 
At 1/13/2006 4:59 PM , Blogger Patricia said...

Im so happy to hear that all your "Boys" are home!!! Those words are like music Im sure! This is my 1st visit to your blog. Im a soldier Mom too and have just started a blog for my daughter.It's called "Hooah...545" She is one week into mobilization for deployment to Irag for 18 mo. I cant wait for the day that I can post the same! Please stop by and say hi when ya have a chance... God Bless! And a heartfelt thanks to your soldiers for me

 
At 1/14/2006 8:31 AM , Blogger Greta (Hooah Wife) said...

I am so thrilled to hear such good news!

 
At 1/14/2006 11:05 AM , Anonymous Chris Muir said...

Alllriightt!

 
At 1/14/2006 12:30 PM , Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Glad they are all finally back!

 
At 1/15/2006 8:10 AM , Anonymous Janie/Florida said...

Thank GOD for bringing your boys all home safe and sound. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all the great work they did in Irak. We owe to all the Heroes of this war that gave it their all to protect this country. May God fill them with many blessings to you and your boys for many years to come. Thanks for sharing this stories with us. Have enjoyed reading your blog. God Bless

 
At 1/15/2006 3:49 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

Big sigh of relief - THEY'RE ALL HOME! What a great feeling this must be, and what a great mom you have been to these guys over the last year.

 
At 1/15/2006 6:11 PM , Blogger THIRDWAVEDAVE said...

Mom,

I know this has been a tough year for you and I'm so happy to hear the boys finally made it home. Bless them all.

 
At 1/15/2006 7:35 PM , Blogger Maggie45 said...

Wahoo!! Thank your Guys for me. I'm so happy they're safely home. And the families of their seven brothers will always be in my prayers. Especially Tommy's. What a lot Noah has been through this past year, and what a wonderful young man he is. As the saying goes...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree....

 
At 7/30/2006 7:23 AM , Anonymous Greta said...

That is the most wonderful news. Deep breath & enjoy!

 

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