I found this the other day and personalized a bit.. this rings so true for so many military wives.
You know your husband is deployed when...
The toilet seat is always down.
The leftovers are still sitting in the fridge.
You only have one load of laundry to do - and it doesn't contain any PT clothes.
You sit up all night just in case he happens to log onto IM,yahoo, facebook, ect.
You find yourself carrying home a stack of those customs forms from the post office because you know you'll need them later.
You sleep with your cell phone because there's always a chance if you put it on the table on the other side of the room, you'll miss his phone call.
Keeping your legs shaved on a regular basis is no longer a top priority. (Sorry if that's TMI for some of you out there...)
You find your self repeating " a year is only 5 min of the life we have to live together "
You're already trying to decide what to wear on the day he comes home - and that's within five minutes of when he left.
Homecoming has nothing to do with football, parades, alumni, or dances.- on that note.. seeing others homecomings brings you to tears.. tears of Joy.. some tears of jealosy but mostly tears of joy :)
You notice bumper stickers more often and wonder about the story of the person driving the car - do they have a friend or family member deployed with your husband? Hmmm. (I find that especially true when I see another blue star displayed somewhere.)
Every time you go to check the time, you do math in your head to figure out what time it is over there.(At least one of your clocks is set to his time )
Each time you get to turn a new page on your calendar, a little voice says, "YES - another one down..."
Every unknown number that shows up on your phone inspires excitement (it could be him)!
Someone says "Iraq" (no matter what the context), it immediately becomes personal.
You finally have the rule of the remote but find yourself watching all his shows.
Checking your email every hour becomes normal.
The folks at the post office recognize you and know your name.
A sandstorm in Iraq can ruin your whole day (or at least when they cause your phone call to be dropped).
You experience random moments of crying for no particular reason
The best birthday gift is a web chat with your husband :)
Lastly, the pride you feel as a military wife is overwhelming. You are not only proud of your husband but proud of yourself. You have become the head of house, the mom , the dad, the mr. fix it, the dog walker, they driver, just to name a few.. you have filled the shoes of two people for a year and you do it will grace and a smile :)