Monday, February 28, 2011

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last night, in the midst of the academy awards, while i had a mouthful of pizza and a beer in my hand, there was a knock on the door. i didn't know who it could be at that hour and, for a split-second, wondered if it could be him... but i quickly talked myself out of it, set my beer down, and walked toward the door.
i opened it, and there he stood.

i completely lost my breath, and maybe my mind.
i screamed and ran out of the room! i was in total shock. i was laughing and crying and choking on pizza. i realized piper was crying. she had run off into the bathroom, startled by my reaction, and wouldn't come out. poor mr.a was left alone with quinn. fortunately she gave him a warm welcome.

i coaxed piper back into the room and we all hugged and hugged and hugged. i kept saying, "i can't believe you're here! i just can't believe you're here!"

i knew mr.a had r&r coming up, but i didn't know when because he wanted to surprise us. the past week or so had gotten really tough. we were just hitting the wall and i was starting to get desperate. per example, here are my last three posts on mr.a's fb wall:


Bethany Ottley Arganbright
sometimes i think i'm the most missingest person in the whole world. like, no one could possibly miss anyone more than i miss you. but then, i remember there are just less than 3,000 other wives or mothers or girlfriends that are missing their soldier, too. and that's just in iowa. it doesn't make my missing go away, but i guess it helps knowing i'm not the only one.
February 22 at 8:46 p.m.

Bethany Ottley Arganbright
argh. just come home already!!! i have questions to ask you!
right now i'm watching a movie that i'm preeeetttty sure we've seen, but not totally sure. if you were here, you would tell me...
a.) yes or no.
b.) if yes, when. and...
c.) if yes, whether we liked it.
i'm almost certain we've seen it. there's tons of famous people in it: jeff bridges, cybil shepherd, randy quaid, the crazy lady from that drug movie you hate (requiem for a dream?), and some other oldish lady who's in a ton of stuff. anyway. i miss your brain. you just always know everything that i don't. we're a good match, i suppose.
i love you.
February 23 at 9:40 p.m.

Bethany Ottley Arganbright
i am like, freakishly missing you. it's gotten bad. like howard hughes bad. i may not leave the house until you come home. i'm not sure how many more days i can handle w/out seeing you. and making out with you. ;) but sers. can you come home today? like, now?
February 26 at 8:11 p.m.

the next afternoon i had reached the end of my rope. quinn had been sick all weekend and was super fussy and clingy. piper was grouchy and missing her daddy. we all spent some time crying and i literally pleaded with God to just bring him home. i didn't think i could go another day without him.

less than 24 hours from that last facebook post, he appeared on our doorstep.

54 comments:

  1. I just found your cute blog only last night and I am soooo happy that he did this!! How freaking adorable. You and your lovely family will be in my prayers.

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  2. wow wow WOW! What a great surprise! Enjoy every minute!!

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  3. I'm so happy for you, Bethany!! Have an amazing 2 weeks ;) But, i'm sure you guys are off to a fabulous start ;) ;)

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  4. I've been following your blogs for a couple months now. You're so down-to earth and genuine. This literally brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy every minute of your time together!

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  5. yay! yay! yay! yay! I am so happy for the four of you... get some good time in to carry you over for the last of the long haul! ENJOY! I'm so happy for you, seriously!

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  6. hooray!! I love Piper's Oscar gown. Adorable.

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  7. *tears tears tears* I have been thinking about you all day!! SO excited for you!!!!! EEEEEEEEKKKK!!!!

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  8. YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! I'm a military wife, too, so I TOTALLY get it. Your pic made me tear up! So sweet. So, when he leaves again, how long will he be gone until it's over? Here's hoping he took a late r&r.

    Moms Have Style, Too!

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  9. Oh my gosh, Bethany I am so frickin' happy for you!!! Running into my husband's arms at the airport for his R&R is one of my most all-time favorite memories!! Enjoy your time together and give him a big hug from all of us <3

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  10. awwww tears to my eyes! so happy for you!!!

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  11. Bethany,

    I'm so happy for you and I've been waiting for this post ALL DAY and I love it :) So glad he came at the most perfect time... YOu look SO happy last night when you text me I must say I started crying I was so happy for you and then I sat there on my couch and continued to stuff my face with mac and cheese and peas and watched the G awards then sat and for two seconds thought about what I would do if Jono ever did that to me! SO awesome :) have the most amazing time EVER and I can't wait to hear all about it!!!!!!

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  12. Hi guys! I've been reading your blog about four months now and sometimes while putting my 11 month old twin daughters to sleep I think about y'all and send a prayer your way, What a wonderful surprise, it also shows how God answer our prayers! :)

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  13. best thing i've read today!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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  14. Oh wow! WOW! WOW!WOW!! I just logged on to blogspot and your blog was the first one on my feed. I saw the picture of your cute family....complete, and thought "OH LORD HES HOME!!!"
    Crazy! I dont even know you guys, but I am emotional right now because I am so freakishly happy for you!!!
    Mr. A.- Thank you for what you sacrifice. A few weeks ago, I was watching Oprah. She was talking with military wives. They talked about the sacrifice their husbands are making while serving. But also the sacrifices the wives make. And really, I thought of you guys. To both of you, Thank you for your sacrifices you make. You BOTH are serving our country.
    Enjoy each other.

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  15. I am literally crying and I dont even know you, just a faithful blog follower. So happy God brought your man home during a time when you all need him so much. Enjoy your time with your family and enjoy every moment! Sending hugs and smiles your way.

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  16. Yes yes yes yes yes yessssssssss!!!! :D

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  17. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sums it up pretty well.

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  18. The power of prayer!!!

    Love hearing about exoeriences like these

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  19. yay!!!!!!! what a fabulous surprise. God is so good! enjoy EVERY minute! =)

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  20. This just made my day! I know it made yours too. It's been so long since you've smiled like that. Enjoy your time together!!

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  21. woohoo! yay! enjoy your time together!

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  22. I am totally sobbing right now....that is THE best thing ever. I would have died if I was in your shoes. The missing part is so bad after a while! What a dream. Enjoy every minute of it! xoxo

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  23. woop woop!! SO happy for you. I cried when I read. No, really, I did. :)

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  24. Best.suprise.evar I'm sure!! So glad your little fam gets to catch up and enjoy lots of daddy time (and hubby time!), may your tie with him be blessed with many, many happy and memorable moments.

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  25. This brought tears to my eyes!! How wonderful!!!! Isn't God great! Just when you think you can't go anymore He rescues you!!! Enjoy the time with your hubby!! I am so happy for you!!!

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  26. So, you don't know me (I know Haverlee -- we went to high school together, and I started reading your blog after she had made several references to it on hers) but I've been a fan of your blog for a while. Anyway, I just couldn't not comment after this one. I have been so sad for you, only able to imagine your heartache of missing your husband (I've even had discussions about it with my husband -- he's like, "who is this," and I'm like, "you don't know her -- well, technically, I don't either, but that's not important"). ANYWAY, I'm sitting here at my desk at work with tears in my eyes, pretty close to for real crying, just thinking about the surprise of finding him at your door, only imagining how utterly happy you must be right now. Enjoy your visit and I hope it can hold you over until mr. a is home for good!

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  27. What a wonderful wonderful thing for you and Seth and the girls. Please give him a hug and kiss for me! Have a great time - just hanging out. Love all of you

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  28. bethany! this made my eyes cry at work a little bit. this is brooke (jeffus) btw. im so happy to hear that you guys are so happy :) enjoy your time with your WHOLE family :)

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  29. Oh, the picture brought tears to my eyes! Amazing! Enjoy your R&R, Mr. A!

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  30. What a perfect surprise, and answer to prayer! I'm so happy for you guys. I hope you have a wonderful time together while your man is home:)

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  31. Love this! I guess we aren't going to get many more outfit posts since you won't be wearing clothes for the next 2 weeks....:)

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  32. You made me tear up, thrilled for you and the family to be reunited. ENJOY! <3

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  33. Yay!!! So happy for your little family! Have a great time!

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  34. that is so special how he surprised you! i can't even imagine.

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