I sat and talked with Katie for an hour over coffee, and in that time I knew that I wanted to be there when Derek came home. Katie is full of life, laughter, and love for her husband and her dog Abby, and it's evident both in her and in her friendships. Getting to know people I never would have met is the reason I got into this business, and meeting people like Katie reminds me how wonderful this job is.
Katie & Derek made it through their first, long, 9-month deployment! I have an amazing respect for military spouses who can create a joyful life with each other from a long distance, for a very long time. It was so obvious that Katie and Derek have maintained a friendship and a love that few people ever experience. Their joy overflowed when they saw each other and in the midst of it all - with all the stress, chaos, and craziness of a military homecoming - Katie was her sweet, calm, excited self, ready to be reunited with her husband and continue their lives.
Katie, I am so blessed that you came into my life! I'm so excited for you and your life ahead, and the many adventures you will go on. Derek, thank you for serving our country, and thank you for letting me witness your sweet homecoming. Have a WONDERFUL time on your vacation!
Katie had half of the necklace (left) and Derek had the other half on his dog tags while they were apart. Now that they are reunited, so is the necklace!