When I was in high school a girl in my older brothers class was dating a soldier who deployed, and I remember vividly saying I could never do that.  I could never date a soldier because of the constant danger and long time away.  Never say “never” to God!

When I met my husband, I had no clue he was in the military.  It wasn’t too long before I found out he was in the National Guard.  Me, being 18 and naive, thought that meant he wouldn’t be sent overseas and would always be in our home state.  A few weeks after we got engaged he heard rumors of deployment. I remember feeling like my heart was going to shatter.  He was adamant about getting married before he left so we moved our wedding timeline up and by the time we had decided I had 3 months to plan a wedding.

We got married in July and he received official orders in August and left home in October.  He flew out of the country on THANKSGIVING day.  Being the sweet man he is, he planned his R&R for our anniversary.  So our 1st Anniversary was spent together.  We had been physically together for 3 months total including the 2 weeks he was home on R&R.

When he got home from Iraq he was determined to take a break from the military and even talked about getting out when his contract was up.  He started looking for a civilian job and we started planning to build a house and start a family.  The month after we had Allyssa, our firstborn, he signed on full-time orders at the headquarters base.  Since then he has been promoted and changed offices a few times.  He now has 15 years of service most being active duty military.  He also has 2 degrees and has transferred his VA benefits to me so I can finish my schooling.  I can tell you all kinds of stories on our military life.  It is not all fun but overall the military has been good to us.

He is currently in the processing of getting promoted to Warrant Officer.  This is a LONG process in the National Guard.  He has been accepted a position, and in the position since the beginning of September.  Will go to Warrant Office Candidacy School early 2018 and become commissioned.  Then go to another school for Warrant Office 2 shortly after.  Hopefully by the end of Summer he will be a Commissioned Warrant Office 2.  So incredibly proud of this man, his service, and ambition to be the best he can be in every area of life.

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