Monday, March 16, 2015


Soldiers coming home is a moving and touching sight to see. 
I found this video on You Tube and bawled like a baby while watching it.



My hubby was in the Army and has been gone twice for long periods of time. Once he was gone for three months in Korea. We would've been separated for a year, but he was able to make arrangements for us to join him in Korea.

The second time he was gone for 14 months to Iraq.

In Girl of Mine, Luke comes home while traveling with other soldiers. A news crew is there to record the precious moment. While the news crew is filming and interviewing the other soldiers and their families, Luke and Jill sneak away and avoid being interviewed by the news. 
In the broadcast that evening, the other soldiers and their families are featured in a touching segment. As the screen goes black, the newscaster says, "And Lucas Graham came home too."

Awkward at best, right?

This is a TRUE story. This happened when my hubby came home from Iraq. We grabbed our chance to sneak away, not wanting to be on public display during a very emotional moment.
Later, some friends told us about the newscast. As the screen went black, they announced my hubby's name.

It always gives us a good giggle and I couldn't help including this story in GIRL OF MINE.

Although this story is not specifically about the war, I give special thanks to my hubby for his invaluable knowledge of the war in Iraq and the enlightening stories he was able to come home and share with me. And now you have the privilege of hearing a few of those stories in GIRL OF MINE.

Just a few though, because, well, that would be another entire book altogether—and this is a romance novel.

Most of all, hubby, thank you for coming home.


  1. I'm sure you are thankful every day that he came home! It makes me so sad when I hear of a soldier being killed. I am so thankful for the sacrifices they make every day for us.

    1. Well said, Christy. I am so grateful he came home.
      I stopped by your new blog. It's looking great! I tried to leave a comment, but it didn't appear, so I'm not sure it worked.

  2. Yes, I cried. How could I not? I have never had someone close to me serve, so I can imagine what it is like.

    1. It's a combination of feeling so happy to see them again and feeling grateful they returned home, yet also feeling pride for their service to our country. So many emotions.
      It's true, you can't help but get all teary when witnessing those joyous reunions, huh?
      Thanks for your comment, Sherry!

  3. I didn't know that scene was based on yours. How funny! But I don't blame you and your husband one bit. Privacy is the best for happy, special moments of reunion. Hope all the beta-reading is still going good for you. I'm excited to read the final version when it is released to see what changes you make. Have a great week!

    1. We preferred to have our private moment and didn't relish the idea of being interviewed, that's for sure!
      I'm only waiting on one last person to finish their beta read. Everyone else is done. I finished the grammatical edits today. Now I have a few plot points to work on and the book will finally be finished! Yay!