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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Proud Military Wife

I saw the following post on a friend's Facebook page today. Its beautiful and thoughtful and made me cry big ol fat tears...

This is for the young women that are waking up at 6am every morning with small precious children that they have been left alone to care for. This is for the pregnant military wife wondering if her husband will make it home in time to watch their miracle happen. This is for the childless military wife, living in a town or on a base alone where she is a complete stranger to her surroundings. This is for the women that feel like a 3rd leg when they go out with their friends and their husbands. This is for the military wife that cancelled all her plans to wait by the phone, and even though the phone broke up and cut off every time you spoke to him you waited anyway.

This is a pledge to the women that cry themselves to sleep in an empty bed. This is to recognize the woman that felt like she was dying inside when he said he had to go, but smiled for him anyway. This is for those of you that are faithfully in that long line at the post office once a month handling 2 large boxes and 2 small children like a pro. This is for all the lonely nights, all the one-person dinners, and all the wondering thoughts because you haven't heard from him in days.

A toast to you for falling apart, and putting yourselves back together. Because a pay check isn't enough, a body pillow in your bed is no consolation, and a web cam can never compare. This is for all you no matter how easy or hard this was for you. Our military men are brave, they are heroes, but so are we. So the next time someone tells you that they would never marry a military guy, don't bother explaining to them that you can't control who you fall in with. Just think of this and nod your head, know that you are the stronger woman. Hold your heads up high, hang that flag in your front yard, stick 100 magnets on your car, and then give yourself a pat on the back.

Be proud to be the woman that you are, be proud to be a MILITARY WIFE!

* The picture above is from yesterday. She is my BFF and that's her husband's jet taxiing in. In the past month she had surgery to fix her ACL and their sweet cat passed away in her arms. I cried tears of joy that she had the love of her life back.


Alyssa said...

Such a great post! I don't know how you do it, but thank you to you and your husband.

"Cookie" said...

A military wife (or husband!) should be proud!! She should pat herself on the back as should those around her. Such a touching post and I'm sure you're more than ready for this to be your own post.

caknitter said...

Beautiful post and beautiful picture.

tootie said...

Loved this!!

Anonymous said...

You were right, you warned me... tears, waterworks and snot took over my whole body.

Thank you & your husband for your tremendous sacrifice and service to not only our nation, but to the world in the name of freedom.


Miss Chelsea said...

Well that made me want to cry! I don't know how all the military families do it, they are strong strong people!

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