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Hullo, anybody still out there? I know, it's been a while...a long while! Where have I been?! Well, here's a quick pic...let's see if y'all can guess.
If you guessed Afghanistan...you nailed it. I deployed for 9 months last year and was fortunate to come home in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas! It was one heckuva ride, and while deployments are never easy on anyone I am grateful for the Soldiers and Civilians I served with during that long nine months.
Even more so, I am grateful for the support of my family and friends back home. They all kept me going through constant contact on Facebook and Skype...as well as some pretty awesome care packages...as you can see I have some fantastic friends and family!
There were a couple of rough spots...the worst of which was Mother's Day...
But, I decided that I would make the best of a rough situation and better myself physically and mentally...I hit the gym and by the end of the deployment I had lost 25 pounds...woot-woot!!!!
We worked pretty long hours most days, but the people around me kept it fun and interesting...most days! I also traveled to other FOBs in Afghanistan (Forward Operating Bases) for different missions. That definitely kept things interesting!
Finally, it was time to come home. F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! I was astounded at how much everyone had grown...especially my oldest! Look at that giant! I love my beautiful kids!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my Facebook business page fans. They were there the entire time...never left. They posted positive comments...they sent me care packages...total strangers did that for me!!! I was blown away by that! Out of the six deployments that I have been on, I have never received so many care packages! They were from my fans and friends made in painting groups...many of these friends I hold closer to my heart than people I have met in real life. I hope to finally meet them one day to hug them and tell them how special their support really was to me.
So, that's the story of where I've been for the last year or so! It took a while for me to get back into restoring and painting furniture again...but I'm definitely back! I have an amazing makeover to share with you this weekend, I can't wait for you to see it. If you've been here all along, THANK YOU. If you are new, WELCOME. Love to all, Claudia