I have had a fantastic week as number two has been on R & R from Afghanistan. The downside to all this is that he returns to Scotland tomorrow in order to fly back out to Afghanistan to complete the remainder of his tour. As you can imagine as a family we are very proud of him. I think he has definitely matured in his time away even giving his old mum a hug or two during his stay. He has had a hectic two weeks trying to catch up with friends and family alike, but I was pleased that he managed to visit number one and have some quality time with his brother and today he's off to visit his sister at Uni. Number 3 of course has loved having his big brother back as he has been very worried about him being over in Afghanistan. My own family were never very close and I always hoped that my own children would have that sibling bond that I never had. That certainly seems to be the case and I am immensely proud of the young adults that the older 3 have become.
Of course he still doesn't know about his Afghan as it's been hiding away whilst he has been home although I did get it out again once or twice whilst he was out so that I could continue joining up the squares of which there are now over 150.
He had a bit of a surprise when he arrived as I had told him about Buster's arrival and sent out a couple of photo's but he had no idea that Rufus had since joined us. Rufus took an instant liking and spent much of his time having cuddles.
He will have one month left of his tour on his return to active duty, only 30 days for 58 Squadron to stay safe before coming home to their love ones.
It has felt like the longest 6 months of my life but I have had fantastic support from both family and friends and I cannot thank you all enough for the kind comments and support received from my new found blogland friends.