Kat Norris's husband is serving with the Kentucky National Guard in Iraq this Christmas. With her husband at war, Norris will just have his family and the pictures he has sent her for the holidays.
" Lonely is the most used word I can think of. It's lonely when you go to bed at night, especially around the holidays." Norris says
Norris says with her husband, Benjamin, serving over-seas seeing his family around the holidays can be tough.
"I know it makes it harder, because you know most people's parents have their kids pictures plastered everywhere and it's a constant reminder."
She also says, "His family has really been there for us and they've really taken care of me and my family has been wonderful throughout his entire deployment. But it's hard."
Norris says she often gets to talk to her husband, but she's hoping he will be able to call his family around the holidays.
"He's going to attempt to call on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to get to talk to some of his family, since I'll be up that way."
But, even though it will be nice to talk to Benjamin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, she says, It's still not the same as being together for the holidays.
"I'm really hoping he'll be home next Christmas, we were actually going to buy our first tree this year, and decorate it up, then we found out he was going to Iraq and I said I'm not going to buy a tree without you. I'm going to wait until you come home. So we'll really have our big Christmas next year when he comes home."
Norris says the family support group in Bowling Green is great because it's made up of people all with loved ones serving overseas. She says there are a lot of people trying to support her as she copes with her husband being away, but if they can't relate to what she's going through, it makes it difficult.