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Sunday, March 21, 2010

i am an army wife.

it's been 49 days since the Hubs left for deployment.
49 looooonggg days!

i get up alone.
i get the kiddos ready for school alone.
i serve the babies breakfast alone.
i clean the house alone.
i put them down for naps alone.
i get the big boys off of the school bus alone.
i do homework with them alone.
i make dinner alone.
i eat dinner alone.
i get them ready for bed alone.
i kiss them goodnight and say bedtime prayers alone.
i go to bed alone.

yes, i share these days with our four beautiful children...how could i possibly feel alone?
one truly wouldn't understand until becoming an army wife.
it's lonely.

the life of an army wife is so much more than sending your hero off to war.
we pray.
we hold tight to our faith.
we pray.
we cry.
we pray.
we reach out to other army wives.
we pray.
we become mother and father all-in-one.
we pray.
we take on the household tasks of our husbands.
we pray.
we lean on our friends who may not fully understand but know us inside and out...and still love us.
we pray.
we look forward to the day we can hold the love of our life in our arms again.
we never stop praying.

despite the obvious *downs* to being an army wife i wouldn't trade this life for another.
there are a few *ups*.

we'll travel the country...if we're lucky, we'll travel the world!
we'll make friends from all over the world.
our children will experience more in their little lives than most adults have ever known.
and, it doesn't hurt that i get to see my Hubs in his uniform....oooh-la-la!!

being an army wife gives me a great sense of pride!
i'm proud of my husband.
i'm proud of his fellow soldiers.
i'm proud to call myself an american.
i get a lump in my throat when i hear the national anthem.
i want to photograph EVERY american flag...red, white, and blue have become my favorite colors.

i know this post was kinda all over the place.
these last couple of days have been a roller coaster of emotion...
for so many reasons.
too many really to list.
but, they all make me realize that there is a great need for army wives to stand up and be heard.
or, at least write about it for a sec.

next time you see a soldier, thank him!
next time you hear a wife say that her husband is deployed, thank her!
next time you hear of a soldier that needs prayer, pray.
or, how about you add those hard working soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines to your daily prayer?
pray for our men and women EVERYDAY!
they will feel it.
their families back home will feel it.
AMERICA will feel it!

9 comments:

Julie the Army Wife said...

What an awesome post! You have summed up my feelings too. Army Wives Rock!!! The real ones...not the tv show...lol

**Nicole** said...

Thank your hubby for his service and thank YOU for yours!!!! Those guys couldn't be out there taking care of our country if it wasn't for the women behind them! Hang in there and know your in the thoughts and prayers of many :)

Christopher And Tia said...

You're doing an amazing job. Everything that you're doing alone, you're doing with love. I bet your husband is so proud of you. I'm just a fellow military wife, and I have yet to go through a deployment, and I have SO much respect for you. God bless you and your beautiful family.

Gail said...

What an amazing woman you are! I haven't walked in your shoes... but from the outside it looks hard-going. Can I thank you from NZ for releasing your hubby into service... it's a self-less act, one that I'm not sure I could do. I pray God's amazing hand of protection over your husband and his troop... for His strength to work through you every day... for your children too.

Thanks for this post.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Melissa, this is beautiful!!

TDM Wendy said...

Sweet post. Will pray for you and your family right now.

Jessica said...

I just found your blog! I am not a mommy yet, but I am living the Army Wife life. I will be going through our first deployment very soon. I know that my faith and being with family will help this deployment go by faster. Your post was amazing!

Lindsey said...

Hi,
I found your blog through the comments section of another blog I follow and I just had to comment on this one. It was beautiful. You said it all. Thank you for this. I am in the early days of a long deployment (not our first, but our first on the ground rather than a ship) and it makes it so much easier knowing that there are other people out there going through the same things, feeling the same feelings. So, thanks for this blog. I look forward to reading more.

Lindsey

trooppetrie said...

you wrote what i think, my DH leaves for his 7th deployment any minute now