Readers of this blog may remember the Valentine's Day love story I posted about my teacher friend, ALISA and her family. If you haven't read it, please do. It will warm your heart.
Well, I'm happy to report that STEVEN has finally returned from Iraq and is now home with his family, who are all smiles in this picture I took of them in front of our school this afternoon.
Alisa is the happiest I've seen her. Ever. And she's a pretty up person to begin with. But today, it made my heart sing to see this family reunited and Alisa, please forgive me, but you said the sweetest thing today. And I hope you don't mind me repeating it here.
Today you told me that the very best moment, aside from seeing him again, was when everyone had fallen asleep last night and you were still lying there awake. And you were so happy because everyone was where they were supposed to be. For the first time in such a long time. And the sound of your house was a safe quiet sound. Like snow when it's falling.
I thank God for bringing Steven home safe and sound to you and Courtney and Chris and Grace. And thank you Steven, for everything you and your entire family have sacrificed for our country. Amen.