4 years, 4 states, 4 deployments

4 years, 4 states, 4 deployments

when i sat on the beach of mac dill air force base four and a half years ago after midnight and agreed that i completely understood and supported his career and the needs of the military, little did i know this is where we’d be today:

-we’ve been to four different military bases: mac dill, ft. polk, ft. huachuca, and ft. carson.

-we’ve lived in four different states: florida, louisiana, arizona, and colorado.

-he’s prepared for four different deployments: iraq, afghanistan, iraq, and iraq again.

and, somewhere in between all of it, in the last four years, we were married, had our son, and bought a house among other things.

it’s not a common adventure that many young military families take on, but it’s the adventure we’ve been on.  between the thrills of packing up to be able to redecorate a new house, to the heartache of having to tell friends that hopefully our paths will cross again, to the sleepless nights for months on end, there seems to be this familiarity about it all from my childhood.  and, as we prepare for my g.i. joe’s fourth deployment, it’s another adventure of sleepless nights, anxiety, endless care packages and this time, praying he makes it home in time for our second child’s birth (not that i’ll be the first nor the last spouse to give birth without their g.i. joe at their side).

through it all, after four short years together, i can definitely say we’re more than army strong.

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  1. Thank you for posting this. I think that military lives are so incredible, with the strength that you constantly have to have. I look forward to following your blog, and hope that your family can be home together soon, for a bit longer next time.

  2. Congrats on your first post! I can’t wait to read more- I have such a deep admiration for military families!

  3. More than Army strong is right! I don’t know if I’d have it in me to be selfless enough for this lifestyle. I really admire you and thank your gi joe for his service!

  4. Thank you for posting this and thank you for all that you and your family do for us.

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