Maybe you didn’t know that about me, but it’s true. At one point in my life I was a military wife.
My husband was in the Army National Guard for 9 years. He was deployed to Iraq for 15 months. I will never forget that period in our lives.
We were newly married.
J had started his first “real” job as a financial advisor with A.G.Edwards. I knew he was in the military, but never in a million years thought it would mean anything more than serving one weekend a month and 2 weeks in the summer.
Boy was I wrong.
We were married in November of 2004 and in January of 2005 I watched my husband board a bus en route to Baghdad, Iraq.
To say that his 15 month deployment was the hardest period of our life would be an understatement. A HUGE understatement.
Everyday consisted of worry. Of sadness. Of confusion. Of lack of information.
I wasn’t a Christian then. I didn’t know that I could lean on God.
Even though I HATED every single second that my husband was deployed, there isn’t a moment that goes by that I am not proud. Proud that I married a man that served our country.
I’m thankful that even though I didn’t know a darn thing about God back then, that He still chose to keep my husband safe. That He loved me enough to make those 15 months tolerable.
Every Veterans Day I look at old pictures from when J was deployed. And every.single.time I see him in his BDU’s I feel pride. I am beyond thankful for his sacrifice and for the sacrifice of our nation’s military.
Being a military wife is tough. I haven’t had a lot of jobs, but I’d go ahead and claim that being a military wife is one of the hardest jobs around.
So take a chance today to say THANK YOU! Not just to the one’s who wear the uniforms, but to their families. Their moms. dads. wives. husbands. children. I am so proud of JEFF ROSE!
Our neighbor girl who is in jr. high made this for the Veterans Day celebration that they are having at school.
So proud of my soldier!
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VETERANS and TO THE FAMILIES! Your sacrifice is truly amazing!
If you are a military wife check out the Army Wife Network! A wonderful resource and one I wish I would have known about when I was a military wife!
Also, click on over to my hubby’s blog for a list of Veterans Day discounts and free meals! Tell him “thank you” while your at it! 🙂