For the past three years, Lancelot and I have been away from the Marine Corps. He went to school and then into a joint billet. We weren't entirely away from the Corps because of our son but we still missed being within our community.
That all changed for the better on Friday.
Lancelot is now with a Marine unit. It doesn't deploy; it's a training unit but we're back in the Marine Corps family again.
There was a ceremony on Friday afternoon and I was surrounded by Marines and their families. It was pure bliss. In the audience, were some of my favorite folks: Queen Bee, Air Force Wife, Cassandra as well as friends from as long as 23 years ago.
I have always described deployment homecomings as being the happiest place on Earth for that day. Although Lancelot wasn't on a deployment (you would be amazed at the frequent flyer miles he's wracked up though), this WAS a homecoming of sorts and it was, in fact, the happiest place on Earth for us.
We are home.