I love having the opportunity to see people I haven’t seen in ages, meeting their families and hearing each of their stories.
Friday evening, I spent time with Stephanie and her three children. We went to high school together waaaaay back when, but hadn’t seen each other since graduation.
Throughout high school she worked part-time as a carhop at the local Sonic in town. Some time after high school, Sonic ended up bringing more than a paycheck into Stephanie’s life. It’s where she met and fell in love with her husband. Aaron was a young Air Force officer on his first duty assignment at Little Rock AFB. He came through the drive thru one day, Stephanie slipped her number on a napkin in his bag and the rest, as they say, is history.
It’s been over fifteen years now. They’ve traveled across the country, called six different states home and are raising three beautiful children together.
Aaron is on an extended deployment right now. It’s been five months so far. They have seven more months to go. The children miss their daddy. Stephanie misses her husband. Being a wife of a retired Air Force officer, my heart swells when I see families like theirs and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.
I had such a good time with Stephanie and the children. We laughed together, talked, colored and ate ice cream. When the children held the “We love you, Daddy!” sign up, they yelled it out loud with all of their hearts just as if their daddy could hear them. It was precious!
Stephanie and Aaron ~ I pray the rest of your time apart goes by quickly. May God continue to bless you and your family and give you a joyful reunion.