Joel has officially been home for nine days now. Picking him up at the airport couldn't have been any smoother or sweeter. Even though I didn't cry the ugly cry when I saw him, it was so emotional seeing him again. It was even better than I had imagined, and because he came in on a Friday, we were able to have the whole weekend together before he had to report to the base for his inprocessing / reintegration.
I was worried about him coming home. I have read stories about how hard it is for that person to "fit" back into home life, both for the service member and the spouse. I have to say that in our case, it is like he had never left. Despite the nearly 48 hours of travel, he adjusted pretty well to the time difference, and we were on the same sleep schedule on night two.
I'm sure I'll have much more to post as the time progresses, and I finally get to take a few days off of work to hang with him, but right now I am still in the honeymoon/re-deployment stage, and I couldn't be happier.