I year ago today I got back after 222 days away from home and 193 in that country that starts with Af- and ends with -ghanistan. My amazing wife and children met me at the airport and I've been fortunate to not have too many trips away in the last year. Since that homecoming Caleb escaped the womb and we've had so much fun doing far too much to recount in one blog post (in fact it has taken 256 blog posts to document the last year). Joia did a practice Tri today and then we did some family geocaching before she left for a baby shower. While she and Caleb were gone the older kids and I hit up four more local geocaches and then went for a swim in the pool (much warmer now than it was 364 days ago) thanks to the solar cover and a super hot summer.
At this point there are only 615 days left in my active duty service commitment (we might stay in a little bit longer than that for logistical reasons) but crazy to think we already need to start thinking and praying about life after the Air Force. Thank you to everyone who supported Joia while I was gone and the support we have gotten since. Please continue to pray for the tens of thousands who are still away from their families today.