"We talked about once a week," he said. "Before, I couldn't talk to anybody for three months."
Now on U.S. ground, Lindgren said his alert level doesn't have to be as high as it was while he was overseas.
"It's just an adjustment. I'm adjusting well and I think my marines are, too," he said.
Before he left for Iraq, Lindgren went through military training from September to December 2007. During his training, Cara said she was able to see him about once a month.
"He came home for two weeks at Christmas and then went down (to Camp Lejeune)," Cara said.
Once Lindgren was overseas, Cara heard from him a few times a week; the frequency of their communication gave Cara the feeling that while her husband was half the world away, she wasn't left to make all the decisions by herself. She would e-mail him about the little things, like something that needed to be fixed in their home, and get his take on it.
Then when Eric returned to North Carolina, Cara was there for him.
"She had a sign all made up for me. It was great. Not to see her for seven months was hard on her and I," Lindgren said. "(The saying) absences makes the heart grow fonder is absolutely true."
Prior to his homecoming Cara said that with her excitement for him to come home, also came adjustment.
"I'm really excited to see him, but for the past seven months I've been doing my own thing," she said. "I drive in the middle of the driveway, and park in the middle of the garage and sleep in the middle of the bed."
Cara said many of the things her husband usually does around the house she used to take for granted, for instance cutting the lawn and weed whacking. While the couple does not have any children, Cara said she's glad they haven't started a family yet because she couldn't imagine putting kids through the situation as well.