Wow, everything I expected has been wrong so far. I was waiting for a phone call and instead two letters arrived today. I am out of town, which made it more emotional I think. It was very hard not to be able to see or touch the letters. My husband read them to me and I could tell he was crying. I was bawling at a few points.
To summarize, he is doing well! He said he swings between "wtf am I doing here?" and "how bad ass it is." He says he misses us very much. Of course that's good to hear but it makes me cry because I miss him so much. He wrote a bit to each person, which was very touching.
He is not actually in Basic yet, but waiting in Reception. He said he likes the people and that they get very little sleep. And he let us know that he's gotten a few shots, including "the one in the ass."
We can't send letters yet but he asked us to write letters and save them to send later. I'm happy to say there's a few already written and definitely more in the works.
His sense of humor, his strength and his love for us all came through loud and clear in the letters. I miss him more than ever but we are SO proud of him!