So today I got that phone call from Steve! It was a much better phone call than the last! I'm sorry if I freaked you girls out, but believe me when I say that my heart hit the floor before I had that sigh of relief. Anyway, although his friend said he wouldn't be able to call until next week, they got back early and he called today! It was amazing to hear HIS voice and know that he's ok. We got to talk for about 20 minutes, and catch up like old times. God it was great to have him feel so close for just a moment. Anyway, he said that they'll be out for longer periods of time, so he won't be able to call as often. Kind of a bummer, but hopefully the time will fly by faster.
On a little bit of a sour note...
I got a letter from him today too. It was from 3 weeks ago, the day he called me in sort of a panic. He didn't sound like himself, and I was so worried about him. Well, this letter explained everything. He first apoligized for sounding the way he did. He said it was because he had a few brushes with danger that day that really freaked him out. He told me that he and 4 of his buddies were patrolling a street when he stepped on an IED. Fortunately, the battery was dead in it, so it didn't go off. It was discovered by one of his friends after he had come into contact with it. The tears were already streaming down my face at this point. He then said that as they were continuing on, they were getting closer to a small village. At one point, people were firing at him, and the bullets were literally flying all around him. He said it was just like a movie. Luckily, everyone was okay and no one was hurt, but I couldn't help but feel like my nightmare was coming true. He was lucky that day, and I am so incredibly thankful. I am so thankful for whoever was watching over him and his buddies that day. I know that I will hug him a little bit tighter and kiss him a little bit longer when he gets home.
I hope I didn't scare any of you other ladies. I just really needed to share this. I will pray for all of our deployed men, and their safe returns.