Friday, September 27, 2013


My Prince Has Returned Home!

It was a very tense week from the 16th of this month till the day my Eric came home.  As hard as a year long deployment can be, the trip home can be so nerve racking.  Waiting for everything each step of the way from phone calls that they have started their journey home, delays, broken planes, weather, making it to the USA, delays again, and so on.  Then finally you get the phone call you have really been waiting for and you have a day (today) and a time, in our case midnight (maybe).  Who cares, it could be 3 in the morning, you don't care as long as they get home.   

I made it to the Welcome Home Ceremony location and put up our banner.  

Then we waited again.....

June Waited...

Tiffany Waited....

The band played from time to time.  My girls had refreshments and June met some new friends and played air hockey and we waited.  You listen and watch for signs that they are on their way.  You text and watch your phone for word.  Then I got the text I had been waiting for and he said we are headed that way.  We entered the room and found our seats.  Then we anxiously waited for them to march in and for our first glance at our loved ones.  

In the photo below you can see the banner I had made for my husband.  The pictured has been blurred on purpose to respect others privacy. 

I was sitting in an area right where they passed as they entered so I easily picked out my husband as he walked by me.  I wanted to run and grab him but we can't do that, we must wait yet again.  So we waited and I honestly can not even tell you what was said other than I heard "dismissed" and ran.  I could not find him anywhere among the soldiers and I was getting nervous. Where is he?  The I saw him walking away from me with his back to me and I ran to catch him.  I touched him and he turned around and saw me standing there and somehow we had our arms around each other and seconds later our girls almost knocked us over.  Then after hugging our girls, he realized we did not even kiss and he stopped and said let me kiss your mommy and so we kissed.  

My Prince had finally after a very long and hard year returned home.  And all was right with the world once more.  

I will be back blogging soon and I promise to get my coconut ice up soon.  A very special thank you to all my friends who helped me make it through this extremely hard year.  For all my blogger friends that helped me get through each day.  I am thankful for all of you and your friendship made a big difference for me.  Not just with this deployment but even with my chronic illness.  You are my inspiration, you give me friendship and your support is priceless.  

Welcome to all my new followers and thank you ever so kindly for joining us here at Tea Cottage Pretties!

Sorry I did not have a picture taken of Eric and I, 
we were to busy holding hands and kissing.....

Coverage of Re-Deployment

Video of Re-Deployment

Here is a recent photo of us
 although it was not taken the day he returned. 

See you soon, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, September 16, 2013


Getting Ready 
More Earring Cards

 For the past week or so, I have been super busy.  Why you ask?   Well I am getting things ready for my husband coming home.   I can't say when but soon he will be home and I am super excited.   Actually I am beside myself and I can't believe that he will soon be home.  He has been deployed in another country for a year and I am so thankful that this deployment is almost over.  I can't tell you how wonderful it will be to have my husband home.   I do not have much to share this week unless you are interested in house cleaning and running errands all over town.   I did manage to make a couple more earring cards this week.  I decided to organize all my earrings so I pulled them out of their little boxes, draws and little hiding places. I decided to make one card with my name and one with my husband name on them.   

Here are all 3 of my earring cards together.

Image compliments of 

If you want to know how to make these beautiful earring cards visit my post here:

Here is a close up of the sweet little girls on these cards. 

Notice how I arranged the earrings on the card to dress up the sweet little cherubs. 

I love these little cards and I plan to make a few for Christmas Gifts.   Maybe even put a special pair of earrings on one for my (oh, better keep that a secret).  

What I like best about these is it is such a sweet way to organize my earrings and now I won't be losing them and digging to find them.  Who knows how many pairs of earring I have lost over the years.   Now I can clearly see them and choose a pair to wear.


Me Dancing and Oh So Happy!
These are photos my daughter took of me for my husband. 

I will see you soon my friends!
If some time passes and I haven't posted anything new,
 you will know I am otherwise busy and very happy....

Till next time, 

Tea Cottage Pretties


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