I have so many real and true friends back home and I guess I needed the reminder that they're still there. It's hard being isolated so far away from home. Trying to keep up long distance is near impossible...especially since everyone is grown up with grown up jobs and grown up lives. But it's so good to know that time and distance won't ruin my friendships.
I got to spend a lot of time with my family this time around and it was great! I place a high value on family so I was thrilled! I wish I had more time with them, but I'm grateful for the time we had.
I also love my in-laws. They have been so supportive throughout this deployment. At least once a month they check in with me and send me encouraging messages. Especially my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and grandmother-in-law.
I feel like I'm incredibly blessed to have all these loving people in my life. My soul feels recharged and I feel much less lonely knowing they're in my life. It's a great feeling and I hope it lasts forever. I feel strong enough to conquer the rest of this deployment.