My son-in-law will be arriving soon. My daughter and their 6 month old son have been without him since their baby was 4 weeks old. When we think about someone coming home after some time away it is always heartwarming; but when a dad has been away from his wife and baby boy (he refers to him as "little man") for this long its heartwrenching. I watched as my daughter went through her days assuming every daily task, as a single mom, and homemaker and I have been so lucky to witness my grandson's growth. Each time I saw a "first" smile or new behavior I thought about how much my son-in-law was missing. Soon, though, he will embrace them both and be able to bask, for a time, in the company of those he loves and have his "firsts." I, for one, can't wait to give my son-in-law the biggest, tightest hug; I hope I don't cry. As fantastic as it is to have him home for the holidays, as elated as we all are, it will be, I think, more difficult to watch him go again to assume his role as an American soldier in Afghanistan. We thank God for this time together. We'll be envisioning and praying for his return to the states the end of next summer. Those of you who read this, please, if you do pray, pray with us, for every family who experiences the emptiness that comes with their loved ones time away, and the chaotic onslaught of emotions that one battles when seeking personal peace while they have a loved one at war. Thank you.