Well that certainly could not have happened any better than it did.
Adam arriving home from his deployment ON his birthday? A week EARLIER than expected? Every once in a while the universe hands you these perfect moments or perfect coincidence. You might only ever get one, so you gotta fully enjoy it ;)
I really do have the best friends and family.
I showed up at work that morning and my coworkers were like "WHAT are you doing HERE?!" I insisted on staying until everyone had at least gotten a lunch break. Finally they convinced my to leave around 2:00pm. That gave me enough time to vaccuum out the car and finish the rest of the laundry.
My uncle Eddie arrived from his 6 hour drive from Long Beach around 5:00pm. Hanging out and chatting with him made time go by SO much faster. . . this was SO helpful! I had so much anxiety it was RIDICULOUS.
The rest of my friends had dropped what they had planned and showed up at my apartment at 8:00pm.
We hung out, ate pizza, obsessively checked adam's flight (or maybe that was just me?). . . signed his welcome home banner.
I got ready to go. . . the girls helped me pick which purse to use.
Before I knew it the time had finally come. We loaded up in our vehicles and headed towards the 5 (interstate).
I could barely contain my excitement. The drive there honestly seems like a blur. I remember I probably said at least 10 times "Oh my God, I am SOOO excited!"
Of course Adam would be flying into the recently constructed Terminal B. . . so that threw another interesting twist into our plan.
Some of my friends arrived first and checked his flight. . . which would now be arriving 23 minutes EARLIER than expected!!!!
Once we all met up, the girls and I headed off for one last bathroom trip. The guys figured out where we needed to be.
We went up all the escalators until we reached the shuttle drop off/pick up area. Uncle Eddie confirmed with an airport employee that Adam would be arriving at one of the two shuttle ports.
So we stood between the two and waited. It seriously felt like HOURS. Our little welcome home band, holding our sign, trying to entertain a tired toddler.
Every time a shuttle arrived I hoped it would be the ONE. Of course none of them were bringing any passengers, and it seemed like hours between each shuttles arrival.
I honestly don't know what I would have done without my friends and family right there with me counting down the seconds until the big arrival.
Finally we could see in the distance a shuttle coming towards the left port. As it got closer we could see passengers.
Mercedes grabbed my hand and we walked up to the front of the shuttle port. I could see two men in uniform right at the front. I immediately recognized the one on the right as Adam.
Mercedes waved and he waved back. We looked at each other and I waved excitedly.
We walked around to the side where the passengers would be disembarking.
There he was, walking towards us.
I took a few steps and for a moment remembered the sign glaring at us which stated "ticketed passengers only beyond this point"
I can't tell you how many times I dreamed about this moment. Wondering if I would freeze, scream, laugh, cry, run or even fall flat on my face.
I stepped past the sign and the steps turned into a run and I threw my arms around Adam's neck.
I started to cry, but no tears came. Just dry sobs as I clutched on to him.
Tears streamed down his own eyes, he leaned down and whispered into my ear: "I'm home Babe, I'm home for good."
It felt like we stood in that embrace forever. I suddenly felt horrible that I had no idea how long Mercedes had been standing there!
We scooped her up into a big family hug. And then we kissed. It all just felt so right! I felt like we could have stood there forever, perfectly happy and content.
Our friends and family hung out with us while we waited for Adam's bags. I was so elated- to be able to hug my husband, hold his hand, kiss him as much as I wanted. . . I honestly didn't care about anything other than being with Adam.
After the bags finally arrived we all said goodbye and headed back to our homes.
I had also wondered many times if it would be difficult getting to sleep next to Adam again, after becoming so used to living on my own and having our bed entirely to myself.
Suffice to say that when I did fall asleep that night, it was the sweetest sleep of my life. Nothing felt more normal or natural then waking up with my hubby right beside me and feeling like life was finally back to the way it should be.