My husband got out of the military in 2013 after a total of 10 service years spread between two service branches, three plus duty stations, one OCONUS tour, and two overseas deployments. It’s been several years now since we have been out. Yesterday marks the 5 year anniversary of his ETS date. Each passing year … [Read more…]
I’ve always felt like Military Spouse Appreciation Day was a bit of a joke. Why? Because the only people who tell me they appreciate me are my fellow milspouses and so I say, “Back at-cha” and move on with my normal day. But this year feels different. I’ll be honest, I had no intention of writing … [Read more…]
And now the deployments seem like barely a blip on our timeline. A distant memory that only seems strong when I’m Already There comes on the radio and at Christmastime when the music on Pandora reminds me of the three Christmases tinged by separation from the one I love.
My husband bares no physical scars from war. But the scars on his mind and our hearts and our little family remain.
Life just got a whole lot bigger and scarier. But the God I knew was still small and stuck in the box I created for him with my incomplete understanding of his grace.
It’s within an hour of midnight on the evening of our last official day in the Army. I just finished watching about three straight hours of science fiction television, and even at the lowest setting, this screen is too bright for my over-tired eyes. I was lying in bed with the remnants of that last … [Read more…]