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Grilling out with friends

We are many many miles from home. On a daily basis I think of our family back in the states and miss them incredibly. Although we are so far away, we got to feel HOME this weekend with our friends. Matt is one of my husband’s childhood buddies. They grew up in the same town and went to the same high school. They joined different branches of the military after college. Coincidentally, we were stationed in D.C. at the same time as Matt. We met Katie when they started dating there. I remember vividly Matt saying he “met the ONE.” Years later we reunited while we both were stationed in Tampa. A year after that, about the same time, we both announced we were moving to Okinawa, Japan. The saying “It’s a small world” is so true especially between these home town friends in different branches of service.

Hanging out and grilling in the backyard of Matt and Katie’s was a very nice break from reality. It felt like we were home. Our kids played in the run-off drain while the grown-ups talked. The fire pit that Matt built was put to good use as the sun went down. The kids were super excited when Katie broke out the skewers and marshmallows. It was a nice relaxing evening with our longtime friends far from HOME.


The boys got super excited when the marshmallows came out.

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