But first, more waiting. I've heard my Mom talk about how the Marines say hurry up and wait. Check. I got it. We got there at 1030 am. Met my old man about 4 and a half hours later. But waiting? I can do that. I've been waiting a long time for this. 4 hours? No. Big. Deal. Just nurse me a couple times and hand me off to random women that need some babylove.
At the beginning of the wait. The LAV. Dad's vehicles.
I'll just chew on this to pass the time.
Even my big brother got a bit tuckered out and tried to take a nap in the bounce house. Didn't quite work out but he did get a little rest.
And you know what's so great about waiting? You mingle, you meet people. And folks, I am a people person. I love people. Just put me in a room of people chatting, and I'll listen. And smile. And coo. I just love it. Social I am.
Enter Missy Buss. She was waiting for her son to return. And had her 2 year old grandson with her. And Mom, Missy and I chatted. About deployments, families, kids, the awesome midwest. We chatted. And you know what? Missy is an amateur photographer. What luck! Oh, Missy, Missy, will you REALLY take photos of me meeting my Dad? Oh, that would be great. They say he's tall, handsome, and in camoflauge. That enough? Thanks a ton!
And then a rumor spread that they were on the way! And we got up, ran to the waiting area. Bus? Where's the bus? Ok, we'll wait some more. I can wait.
And Hayes can rest.
And Missy met her son, had an emotional hello-he snuck up on her. And she ran and found us! YES SHE DID! So we have incredible pictures of this moment. I'll let you go through the next few on your own. Words aren't necessary. Except for the biggest, hugest THANK YOU from me, Weiler Kappel, to you, Missy Buss, who has given me photos that will show me the best day of my young life. Thanks, thanks, THANKS!
Oh, sorry to interrupt, but I gotta point something out. This is when he first spots me, I'm coming in Dad. Check out those eyes. Lock it up, Marine, although I was crying, too:).
And now our family is complete once more!
My Dad's XO, Lt Mossbarger, became a father in Afghanistan, too. And would you believe that Evie and I were born ON THE SAME DAY? Crazy, huh? Yeah, well, I HAD to meet the girl. So, this is Evie and me, with our dads. And she was one cool chick, too.