Army Wife Toddler Mom has a lovely essay on that post-Christmas letdown. One part in particular jumped out at me:
However, we sit here unsure of DH's current status. Will he be here? Will he be in Iraq [again]? We have no idea.
So through the entire Holiday, the uncertainty of the situation loomed. Me taking a photo of everything imaginable. Trying to savor every moment, every smile, and giggle. Presents opened...
It is what we have learned to do as military families during war time, and we are not the first, nor the last, and it is what it is.
And I was once again reminded... it's not just the deployed soldier who serves.