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From: Brian

To: Ashley

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Subject: RE: 103  


I can't believe that first phone call was almost three years ago. So crazy. Time has flown by so quickly. This is almost the end of our second deployment. And our two-year anniversary in just a couple months! Wow. And we have a daughter who is over a year old. Actually...she's 13.898393938 months old. I just counted. :-)
My love. You make me so happy, even from so far away. Just knowing that you're waiting for me at home, with our beautiful daughter, makes it all worth it. I know that some day we'll look back on these days apart and know they were difficult but worth it. Times that taught us just how strong our love is. I know it's a bit trite to say it but; nothing good comes easy. And I know that this love we share is beyond good. It's beyond words that can express anything good...they're just not enough.
I think we have more than a shot at it...I think we have it. As long as we keep being who we are as individuals then we'll keep growing as a couple and that will only prove to make us stronger and more in love each day.
I promise I'm hurrying as fast as I can. I can't wait to see you. <3


2/23/19: I've been busy! Just sent in chapter 7 for final edits and approval! Chapter 7 introduces Brian's voice as we exchanged emails -literally hundreds of them- back and forth while on his first deployment, days after finding out we were pregnant with our first baby! I'm now nearing the halfway mark now and already looking ahead towards content for books 2 & 3. I've always wanted to write a book but never really thought I'd see it to fruition. I'm so grateful to Brian for giving me the strength & courage to tell our story. 

2/4/19: Settled on a working title. ALWAYS COMING BACK HOME.


1/30/19: Playing around with titles for this book, please feel free to comment if you have any suggestions! Also, talking now about second book to record the journey we're taking this summer overseas! 3 months, 2 continents, 7 countries, 6 people. CAN'T WAIT!


1/27/19: It's been a busy few weeks! Chapters 4 & 5 complete which means the first 20,000 words are done! Out for editing and blind reads now and then I move forward to chapter 6!

1/14/2019: Chapter 3 complete!


1/7/2019: Phone meeting to go over Chapters 3 & 4.

1/6/2019: Chapter 2 in for review!

12/19/2018: Chapter 1 complete! Our first phone call after 10 years apart and remembering how we first met.

11/26/2018: Phone meeting to go over Chapters 1 and 2. 

11/21/2018: Prologue complete!


10/26/2018: Rough outline complete.


10/19/2018: Strategy Meeting. Discussed direction of  book and stories to include/omit.

10/12/2018: I found an agency to work with. First meeting held and will be starting to put together outline next week.

Lessons of turning tragedy into triumph 

from a military widow



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