Seven months apart changes a person and it changes a marriage. A deployment marriage is hard - communication is limited and the time that you do get to talk is brief, at best. Joel and I knew from our experience after he came back from Iraq in 2007, that our marriage has to be first priority. And after seven months apart, we knew we had to get away together after he came home.
We rented a cabin in the middle of the woods - away from everything. For four days, we read, slept, watched movies, ate and enjoyed the quietness that nature gave to us. We woke up every morning with no stress - no expectations on me for the day ahead. It was great to cook together, laugh together over last season's Office and focus on each other.
The view from our bed
There were lots of dead things hanging from the walls