Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vacation Bound

As of tomorrow after a family reunion, me and my family are vacation bound!!! I am so excited!!! I will post pics soon after! Hope everyone has a wonderful & safe Memorial Day!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Letter to a military spouse

*Stumbled on this and thought I would share with all you military spouses*

While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you or your husband, I felt the need to write you and express a very deep feeling that I have in my heart.

I, as a person, am not brave. I do not tackle things head on, as I hate confrontation. I will travel 100 miles out of my way jut to avoid a conflict. I am an American woman that has no idea what is going on in the military other than what I hear on the news.

I have never had to let go of someone so that they could go fight for people that they didn't know, people that sometimes do not appreciate or understand what they are fighting for.

I have never had a sleepless night of worry because of a report that another bomb has exploded and I still haven't heard from my husband.

I have never had to wait for months on end to hold the one that I loved so.

I have never had to tell my children that daddy wasn't coming home tonight because he was so far away fighting for something that they aren't yet old enough to understand.

I have never had to hold my head high and suppress the tears as I hear that it will be at least another 6 months of separation before my loved one gets to come home.

I have never had to deal with a holiday away from the one that I thought I would share every day of my life with.

And I have never had to feel the panic rising in my heart at the sound of a ringing phone or knock at the door for fear that it is the news that everyone is terrified of getting.

For the reasons listed above, I can not tell you that I understand how you feel. I can not tell you that you must be strong. I can not say that you shouldn't be angry, because you "knew what you were getting into when you married a military man". I can not say these things because I have never had to walk in your shoes.

What I can say for certain is that because of your unselfish acts of bravery and your husband's willingness to stand up for those who see him as "just another soldier" - I will never have to walk in your shoes.

I do understand that as a military wife you are expected to uphold a certain amount of control, but I never understood how you could do it, until now. I have figured out that you are not like other women. You are of a special breed. You have a strength within you that holds life together in the darkest of hours, a strength of which I will never possess. The faith you have is what makes you stand out in a crowd; it makes you glow with emotion and swell with pride at the mention of The United States of America.

You are a special lady, a wonderful partner and a glorious American.

I have more respect for your husband than I could ever tell you, but until recently I never thought much about those that the soldier leaves at home during deployment.

Until this moment I could never put into words exactly what America meant to me.

Until this moment, I had no real reason to...Until I heard of you.

Your husband and his military family hold this nation close, safe from those who wish to hurt us...but you and those like you are the backbone of the American family. You keep the wheels in motion and the hearts alive while most would just break completely down.

Military families make this nation what it is today.

You give us all hope and you emit a warming light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

Because of you and your family...I am able to be me. I am able to have my family. I am able to walk free in this great land. Because of you and your family, I can look ahead to the future with the knowledge that life is going to be okay. Because of you and your family, I can awake to a new day, everyday.

I realize that you are a stronger person that I will ever be because of these things and I just wanted to take the time today to say thank you to you and your family for allowing me that freedom.

I will never be able to repay this debt to you, as it is unmatchable. However, I hope that you know that no matter where you are...what you are doing...what has happened today...or what will happen tomorrow...Your husband will NEVER be "just another soldier" to me...And you, dear sweet lady, will never be forgotten.

You are all in my prayer's everyday and I pray that God will bring you back together with your loved one safely.

May God Bless You!
-Author Unknown

Monday, May 24, 2010

Let the countdown for R&R begin...

Well, May is flying by as we speak. I honestly cannot tell you where the time has gone. But, with that said, June will be here before we know it and Hubby's R&R will be following quickly thereafter. I am so excited. We have had wonderful communication these past few weeks, but now it will be dwindling down. For, you guessed it...hubby will be moving once again. I wish these people would make up their minds, but not too much longer and we will have 2 wonderful weeks together. We have a lot going on right now that hopefully I will be able to blog about after hubby makes his appearance home. So, just hang tight.

At the end of this week I will be heading to the beach for several days of vacation with my family. It will be much needed and am hoping the weather will be wonderful. I'll be sure to take some pics to share with you all.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

With the Army things change like the wind

Well, as all of us military spouses know things change like the wind. Sometimes they change not only once but multiple times. That is what happened to us in the past few days. Hubby was supposed to be moved to 2 different locations 2 different days. But, not one of those happened. So, I like to wasn't just the Army making these changes. It was my prayers that helped out. As crazy and maybe selfish as it may sound, I did not want hubby to move from where he just moved to. One reason is safety and the other of course the wonderful communication we were having. Well, when route 1 didn't work out I was happy, because hubby dreaded this move. When route 2 didn't work out I was even more happier, because hubby didn't really assure me that this was a simple task in a safe place. I think he had a hard time being honest with me about that...but he can't tell me everything. And then, the other fact I had a hard time with was, we had just gotten to a place in this deployment when we had great communication and were able to not only talk to each other but also see each other and hubby had explained it may be weeks before he could communicate. I admit...I was devastated. So, I worried and I prayed. And when I received that joyful email from hubby saying he didn't go and was staying in the same place, my heart was thrilled. I know it was the prayers that played a major role in this outcome and I am so thankful. The only thing that made me sad was hubby really wanted to go, BUT everything happens for a reason.

So far, since his move last week we have been able to skype twice and communicate everyday! I truly am so thankful for this!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Last night I fell in love with Skype

Ok, so I had blogged earlier about hubby maybe being moved to a different location. Well, he was & the communication there is so much better. We were able to actually get on Skype last night. It had been 107 days since I had seen his face :( So, I got on last night around 10:30pm and he had just woken up...he looked so good! It was such a sweet moment to see his face. We had about 30 minutes of his camera working...which I was so happy, I was definitely going to take what I could get. He could still see me for the remainder of the conversation, but hopefully next time it will last a little longer for us. I only had about 6 hrs of sleep last night, but it was well worth it and I went to bed on cloud 9!!! Hubby will only be in this location for awhile, so we will be communicating as much as we can while he is here. And that I am extremely happy about. You just don't even know. I love that man to pieces!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blog Awards :)

I have been awarded the Sweet Blog award by two different bloggers. First by Jamie @ Stuck in a world of blue & camo and then by Jen @ The Adventures of our Army Life. Thank you to both of you for this award. You guys are too sweet. The rules for this award are simple. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and then tag 10 other bloggers. So, here are my 10:

lmc @ 'cause I don't know how it gets better than this

Shanna @ A Day in the Life

Mrs P @ A little pink in a world of camo

April @ April's Flowers

SarahEileen @ Faith, Hope, Love

Mrs. Muffins

Lisa @ must be doing something right

Jessica @ Home is where the Army sends us

New Girl on Post

Sara @ Welcome to the Blog of an Army Wife

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quick Blog

Hello Bloggers!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend & a blessed Mother's Day. My weekend was fantastic with Mother's Day shopping, hanging out with friends, a singing at our church & of course spending time with my Mother & Mother in law on Mother's Day.
I have such a wonderful Mother & honestly consider her my best friend. I am so thankful we have such a great relationship. I love you, Mom.

Hubby has been able to call more lately & that's always a plus. He informed me that he will be moving locations for a couple of weeks & just might have wireless internet there. So, we are both keeping our fingers crossed that he does & maybe we can have a couple of skype dates. It would thrill my soul to see his sweet face. I miss him so much...but we are this much closer to R&R:) I am so ready!!!!

Well, just wanted to get a blog in real quick, seems like they have been scarce lately...apologies:)
Hope you all have a wonderful week:)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

This is dedicated to the one I love

I've been wanting to sit down & do this for a while now & well, now seems like the perfect time. I've wanted to write a blog dedicated to my husband. My husband is such a wonderful man. He has become my best friend and more. We have been married for 15 months now, but have been together 4 1/2 years. I knew the first day I truly met him & laid eyes on him that he would be the one I would spend the rest of my life with. He has been by my side through good times & bad. I trust him completely & know he would do anything in this world for me.

He is the most positive person for me in not so good situations lol. Especially during this deployment...he has been my rock & has helped me every step of the way. I don't believe I could have done/do this without his positive support. He always tries to find the good in every situation and strongly believes giving everyone the benefit of the doubt. He is such a strong person & does his best in everything.

I could not ask for a more loveable husband. Our love is something no one else has. We make such a great team & I'm more than ecstatic that I call him MINE. I know he loves me for me and he makes me feel like the most important person in the world to him.

I love him with all of my heart and am so blessed to have him in my life. He is my whole world. I could not have picked a more perfect person to share my life with if I had to. I love my MR.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Food, Fun, Fundraiser, Fellowship

This past Saturday, me and some friends, along with my brother volunteered for a fundraiser with the Piggly Wiggly in Williamston to help benefit the Carolina Pregnancy Center. Our theme was be a "Lifesaver". It was a day full of games for the kids, face painting, singing, & food. We all had a great time & it was a pretty good turn out. Here are some pics to share with you...Mr. Pig was a special guest:)