Friday, May 6, 2011

# military life

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Did you know that today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day? 

If you yourself are a military spouse or have a friend or family member who is, today is the day to let them know just how much you appreciate them and how their sacrifices are just as important as their husbands.

You may be thinking I'm giving myself a pat on the back, truthfully, I'm not.  I don't think I do anything phenomenal or anything out of the ordinary, far as I'm concerned, I'm just supporting the man I love and taking care of our children.

But when you sit back and actually think about everything that a military spouse does, then yes, we do kind of come off as superwomen at times.  It's the life we lead, it's what we've had to learn along the way and it's how we've learned to survive through the hard times.

It's not easy, it's not all tiptoe through the tulips but when you love each other and your family, you get through it no matter what.  I'm proud to serve along these women/men in support of our loved this man, my own Airman who I love to death and who makes me smile every single day of my life. :)


So with that in mind, I want to send a huge hug out to all my friends who are  military spouses and to all my blog readers who are military spouses and to all those out there who I don't know, but are military spouses.

We serve together in the Silent Ranks, we don't ask for anything but time with our husbands/wives and we've quickly learned that time is precious and you have to make the most of every single minute.

I have a profound love for all the Military Spouses and I hope that at least for this one day, you get all the recognition and love you so richly deserve. :)

I am a military wife -- a member of that sisterhood of women who have had the courage to watch their men go into battle, and the strength to survive until their return.

Our sorority knows no rank, for we earn our membership with a marriage license, traveling over miles, or over nations to begin a new life with our military husbands.

Within days, we turn a barren, echoing building into a home, and though our quarters are inevitably white-walled and unpapered, we decorate with the treasures of our travels, for we shop the markets of the globe. Using hammer and nail, we tack our pictures to the wall, and our roots to the floor as firmly as if we had lived there for a lifetime. We hold a family together by the bootstraps, and raise the best of "brats," instilling in them the motto, "Home is togetherness," whether motel, or guest house, apartment or duplex.

As military wives we soon realize that the only good in "Good-bye" is the "Hello again."

For as salesmen for freedom, our husbands are often on the road, at sea, or in the sky, leaving us behind for a week, a month, an assignment. During separations we guard the home front, existing until the homecoming. Unlike our civilian counterparts, we measure time, not by years, but by tours -- married at Knox, a baby born at Portsmouth, a special anniversary at Yorktown, a promotion in McDill.

We plant trees, and never see them grow tall, work on projects completed long after our departure, and enhance our community for the betterment of those who come after us. We leave a part of ourselves at every stop. Through experience, we have learned to pack a suitcase, a car or hold baggage, and live indefinitely from the contents within: and though our fingers are sore from the patches we have sewn, and the silver we have shined, our hands are always ready to help those around us.

Women of peace, we pray for a world in harmony, for the flag that leads our men into battle, will also blanket them in death. Yet we are an optimistic group, thinking of the good, and forgetting the bad, cherishing yesterday, while anticipating tomorrow.

Never rich by monetary standards, our hearts are overflowing with a wealth of experiences common only to those united by the special tradition of military life.

We pass on this legacy to every military bride, welcoming her with outstretched arms, with love and friendship, from one sister to another, sharing in the bounty of our unique, fulfilling military way of life.

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