American Soldier says,
I was informed today that my writing is not like how it used to be. Full of so much emotion and the no holds barred in your face passages. I will admit that I didn’t really notice a change until today. I have been so consumed with trying to fix myself, work, finishing the book and my family that I haven’t put a lot of emphasis on this site. I took a good look at the month of November and compare it to last November 2004. There is a major difference and I sat back and realized the difference.
I can say that there have been a lot of things that has gone on since my return. My individual odyssey to get my shoulder fixed has been reached and then some. I would say that my shoulder is about 90% now.
Work has kept me quite busy and so hasn’t the Army. I’ve been deployed twice to assist relief efforts. Once for Katrina and the other in my home state. I can tell you this; I’ve had enough water to last me for a while!
My family is doing well. It was slow going at first but the routine of life slowly fell into place. Habits that formed while I was away took a little while to break but certain compromises were met. There is an old saying that goes like this. One step forward and two steps back. Well without going into too much detail, that saying could sum up a lot of things since my return. It has been tough and I’ve had to make some tough decisions. However, things are a lot better now.
This journal means a lot to me and to defer from it is not going to happen. I’ve enjoyed many email conversations with the thousands that have stumbled upon this site. It gets overwhelming but I do my best to write to everyone who graces me with their words. I was astounded earlier this week to see that people came together and donated to Project Valour-IT from my site. I was also proud to see that so many people voted for me in the competition among bloggers. There were some heavy hitters in that competition. It was all that and then a single email from a person telling me that all they wanted was to read the things that brought her to my site day to day. The ‘stuff that amazed’ her.
So with that, I will say that I never left, but I have returned.