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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Military Wife

This is a term that I have never really identified with, until now. Jesse is never gone for more than 4 months at a time. I have never lived outside of a 75 mile radius of where I grew up. I am surrounded by my family and friends. All these things are not so typical for military wives. I imagine a wife who stays at home with her kids while her husband is away for a year at a time all while living thousands of miles away from their family and friends.

But I've realized in the last week that I still am a military wife. I live away from my husband about half the year, I worry about his safety while he's gone and I am so proud of his service to our country.it's become obvious to me this week that other people just don't understand it for the most part. I have been given more support from military wive friends around the country, that I only know through blogging, than I have been given by my family and friends at home. I'm not trying to put anyone down, it's just become obvious that they just don't understand what a deployment does to a family, to a service member, and to a military wife.

I am so thankful for the women who have reached out to me in the days leading up to Jesse leaving. It has been a time of feeling extreme loneliness and your kind words have helped me tremendously. I hope to be able to provide the same love and support back to those women and others in the future.


  1. JD has only been away from us once for a 6 month stint when Beatrice was a baby. It was hard for the reasons you listed, but also so extremely lonely to be without my partner. I missed the husband-wife stuff only we could share. But, it did go by quicker than I thought and hopefully Jesse's will seem quick too. I will be praying for you. Hang in there :)

  2. You can do it Sister! You are a surviver. Come and hang out with us! We would love it. I am here for you and only 20 minutes away. Much Love! - Bonnie

  3. This is a great blog. I really think you should share what you were discussing with me today on here.


Jesse is active duty Air Force and is originally from southern Minnesota. He has also managed to become a follower of just about every hobby known to man (which drives his wife crazy!).

Henry was born on July 4, 2007. His hobbies include playing with his squeaker toys, barking a little girls, dock jumping, going to the dog park, and being spoiled rotten by his grandparents.

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