I am so thankful for ALL of the military men and women who serve, but I am especially thankful that I am married to someone who gave me the chance to appreciate it firsthand.
Every Veterans Day I think back to when my husband was serving our country.
I remember “seeing him off” and the overwhelming feeling of sadness that I felt as I wondered if that would be the last time we hugged.
This picture was taken at 4 am in the car outside the armory right before he boarded the bus for his 17 month deployement.
I remember feeling so proud yet so scared.
I can’t imagine sacrificing your OWN life and leaving your family and friends to patrol the streets of an unfamiliar country that is full of danger.
“Lonely at Home” was somewhat of an understatement.
But being lonely at home was NOTHING compared to what he was facing and experiencing.
I know that my husband would never call himself a hero, but……..I always call him one.
I am blessed that he made it through safely and that he sacrificed so much of himself to fight for OUR freedom!
A moment I will never forget?
Searching for him, in a crowd full of Army National Guardsmen, just moments after he stepped off the bus to be welcomed home for good!
I still get the chills looking back through these pictures.
Thank you to my husband.
Thank you to all of the military men and women.