Readjustment Bureau

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It’s official: I’m home.

The feeling I had when I stepped off of that plane onto American soil can never be described in words. To miss your family and friends for so long, unable to talk to them when you want; unable to grab a hug, a smile, or a laugh with them was almost too much.

Christmas and New Year’s were hard to bear. I don’t’ ever want to miss them again, let alone be in a war zone getting mortared on them. Fireworks are great on New Year’s, but not when you have to dodge them as they fall at you. To put it plainly, Afghanistan sucks and I don’t ever want to return.

It’s only been a week and the readjusting hasn’t been kind to my mind and body. I feel like I’ve been to war and back, literally, but according to the higher-ups, it may take a few weeks to feel normal again. Luckily, I have nothing but time. Also, the husband has been a huge help, taking days off to help me get back into a routine and show me what’s new with our kiddos. He’s an angel.

But, I’m here. I’m back. I’m safe and I’m happy. I can’t wait to share with you all what’s in store for our family this year, and what has been happening with our home, our finances and our kids while I was away. Oh, and I turn 30 this month. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about that. Stay tuned for a breakdown of the festivities, and yes, they will be going on all month.

While i’m at it, here is a little video from The Duchess and I. I hope you like it:

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  1. 3.6.12
    Alex M said:

    OMG — it is so good to have you back and SAFE and in one piece. I really can’t tell you what a relief it is. You’ve done well by us all. Thank you for your service!

  2. 3.6.12
    Eeek said:

    Welcome back! Took my other half a while too after his detachment to that dust bowl too.

  3. 3.6.12
    Anonymous said:

    Welcome home!

  4. 3.6.12
    Lucky said:

    Happy birthday!

  5. 3.7.12
    Anonymous said:

    Are we supposed to feel sorry for you? You knew what you were signing up for and you were advised not to do it. So deal with your mess now.

  6. 3.7.12
    Anonymous said:

    NOT the same Anonymous as above- I was wondering what it was that you actually did over there. I mean were you in actual combat? It would be interesting to hear what a typical day was like for you.

  7. 3.7.12

    OMG YAY! You’re home safe and sound….I’m soooooo happy to hear it!!!! And Duchess is just soooo cute…and she may be a little camera hog when she gets older as she didn’t let you get to talk too much on the video. She is precious! How is Sonny Boy doing????

    And for Anonymous Poster #1, how dare you!? Are you really serious what you posted???? Yes she did chose it, but I admire her for that. I’m guessing you aren’t in the military, or have someone close in the military. For all our military does for us, all the sacrifices they make. yes, they did choose it…but they should be honored for it, not telling her to deal with her mess now. I don’t see anything of a ‘mess’ with her in the least.

    Some people have quite the nerve!

  8. 3.8.12
    JennysMom said:

    To the FIRST anonymous, do you even know Amiyrah? I’ve had the honor to call her a close friend for over four years. She is courageous, smart, funny, determined, creative, and one of the best moms (and wife) on the planet, and never has enough time in her day because she ALWAYS thinks of others before herself.

    Get REAL! She has NO mess to deal with now! Every soldier who comes home after a deployment deals with readjustment issues. Going from a war zone back home to a husband and kiddos and American life in our awesome country IS a huge readjustment.

    If you want to rant against people who make a commitment to our country and see it through–no matter how difficult–start your own blog! I don’t want to read your words here on 4Hats…

  9. 3.12.12
    Kathy said:

    What a surprise when I opened up and you were back. Welcome Home. I know your family is glad to have you. Can’t wait to hear how they made out while you were gone. Thank you for your service to our country! Looking forward to your blogs again!!

  10. 3.15.12
    CJ said:

    Yay you’re home! I thought of you and prayed for you many times while you were gone, including earlier today before I read this post! Enjoy being home and thank you for your service 🙂

  11. 3.18.12

    I’m so happy you are safe and back home!