Aj's leave is coming to an end. This next time will be our longest separation of this activation. When I think of when AJ will get home our little guy will be close to turning one. The coming and going is hard. We do great together but the parenting together part has been a challenge the past week. I have enjoyed a week of no laundry and dishes, and know that taking everything over again will be overwhelming. We are going to try to savor every moment today. I am going to try without tears all day. You would think that with all of our separations I would get used to it. It is as hard as the first time. There are no tricks or strategies to make things easier. Pray for strength for me the next few days.