I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”- Philippians 4:13. I am an Army wife.
Seven years ago, after college graduation, I became an army nurse. While in the army I met my husband who was also in the army. In 2013 we got married. After four years and a deployment, I decided to get out of the army to live a life with my husband and have a family. A duo military family is tough; it comes with many months, even possibly years apart. I believed if one of us got out we would be a normal married couple who lives together in the same household, and to some extent that is true. We do live together but many months out of the year I am at home and my husband is away. I don’t keep track but it’s possible that in any given year we actually live and sleep together a total of 6 months out of the year.
In January 2016 God blessed us with a baby boy. My due date was actually in February, but our baby boy came 4 weeks early. Unfortunately my husband was away at training and was unable to come home. We currently live in Alaska so it is difficult for family to travel on short notice. So with the help and support of my military family we welcomed our baby boy into the world. “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” I had to really grab onto that verse in January. Did I feel alone without my husband there? Yes. Was I alone? No.
I often struggle with feeling alone when my husband is away. Fortunately, God has blessed me with an amazing husband who reminds me daily that I am not alone. Whether he is near or far he is always here to support me and our family. With my prior military experience I understand the military lifestyle and how important it is to attend trainings, courses, deployments, etc. to advance your career. With that, though, comes family separation.
I need to stay strong not only for myself but for my family as well. I often find myself juggling my career as a nurse, taking care of the house and our dog, and now caring for our son without my husband at home. Not going to lie, it can be very difficult at times and sometimes I feel like I can’t do it. I have learned I have to lean on support from my family and friends to get through those hard times. Through this past month I have been blessed with countless amounts of support while my husband has been away. As I struggle with being at home alone I have to remember I am a not alone. I am a strong independent woman who finds strength in God, my husband, my family, and my friends.
Being a military wife and mom means embracing time together as a family. We celebrate our moments together. We are proud to serve our country in the military. Through our sacrifices, we find strength.
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