I have to admit I was a bit upset when I realized the kid’s school wasn’t closed for Veteran’s Day. All the other schools around are, but our kids go to a Charter School and they make their own schedule. However, I have been so pleased to find out that each class is doing something special for our Veterans.
Kaylee’s class (1st Grade) has been working hard all week preparing special cards and letters to send to Veterans. They have done a lot of discussing what the holiday stands for and honoring our Soldiers. Allyssa’s class (4th Grade), has been making cards to send to CA that will be sent oversees to Soldiers deployed. In addition, they have a guest coming on Friday who is a Veteran. Everyone keeps asking Allyssa, if its her dad.
Beyond my kids, and family, there are two things that I am passionate about. Most importantly is my Christian faith, and being more than a sideline Christian. I don’t want to just go to church on Sundays and that be it. I pour every ounce of my time into making sure we are LIVING what we preach. While I fail daily, I’m not perfect, but I/we try very hard to raise our girls knowing WHY we believe in God. Our life on this earth is temporary and we know what awaits us in Heaven.
Secondly, is my passion for our military. I have uncles, aunts, and grandparents who served our country. I was raised to give the utmost respect to our military. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have thought I would actually marry a Solider, but that is what God had planned for me. Now, I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.
There are a lot of men and women who join for the benefits, to serve their 4 years and get out. There is nothing wrong with that, it is honorable. Then there are those like my husband, who may have joined under the same pretense but it became something so much more. He is so humble about his military career, but he has worked his butt off to get to where he is. God has opened doors, and done things through his time in service, that we could never have imagined possible. He will become a commissioned Warrant Officer in February and a Chief a few months after.
We have been very fortunate and only had to endure one deployment (14 months) so far. He now has almost 16 years in and we are very much counting down and looking forward to him retiring from the military in about 8 years. I wish I could get him to write a post, and maybe one day he will.
When you join the military, it’s not just some job. You sign your life over to the government. You go where they say go, when they say to do it, and you don’t get the option of turning it down. We have the benefit of being active with the National Guard so we don’t have to move outside of the state and do have a little more say in actual orders. However, there is always the possibility of deployments. Then there is training and commitments that require being gone weeks at a time.
They miss Anniversaries, Birthdays, Holidays, and any other special events/occasions. Jeremy was deployed when his sister graduated High School, missed our first Christmas married, came home for R&R for our first Anniversary. This year was the first year he has ever missed our Anniversary, in addition to Kaylee’s Birthday, away at training.
This doesn’t even touch on the danger factor and all they face and see in their line of duty. However, MOST do it with the understanding that the sacrifice they are making is for a greater good. They do it with great honor.
There is a special place in my heart for our military men and women. Not just my husband, but all those who serve. If you are reading this and are or have served, I THANK you, from the bottom of my heart. There are more people who are proud/grateful for you, than you will ever personally know.
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