Spiritual Growth, The Army Wife Chapters, The Marriage Chapters

An Ode to the Army

When you first introduced yourself I didn't know much about you. I apprehensively shook your hand. That clammy first handshake turned into a begrudging nod and after six years of eye contact we've become intimately acquainted. Since Hawk's days of wearing camo and dog-tags have officially come to an end, I thought it would be… Continue reading An Ode to the Army

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Spiritual Growth, The Army Wife Chapters, The Marriage Chapters

I Am An Army Wife | Wrestling with Fear & Faith

Our military experience may be different than most - we don't live on a base, Hawk has a full time civilian career and we don't get stationed in new places. I wouldn't begin to relate or speak on the level of one who picks up her family and moves often for the sake of her… Continue reading I Am An Army Wife | Wrestling with Fear & Faith

Spiritual Growth, The Army Wife Chapters, The Marriage Chapters, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

The Letters

When I was 13, I wrote the first letter to my future husband. I had no idea who he was or when I would meet him, but I had the desire to write to him anyway. Even without a name, only addressed to "Dear Future Husband," on double-spaced lined school paper, I wrote. Right before… Continue reading The Letters

Deployment, The Army Wife Chapters, The Marriage Chapters

Reflection – Deployment, Homecoming, Proposal, Marriage

Two years ago on July 3rd, Hawk told me he was deploying. And that was the beginning of it all. The beginning of me realizing that even though I swore I'd never fall for an Army dude, I was quickly on my way to falling in love with one and couldn't imagine my life without… Continue reading Reflection – Deployment, Homecoming, Proposal, Marriage

Deployment, London, The Army Wife Chapters

Week 30: London Recap Day 3

Seven months. It's been seven months since Hawk left. And I can't help but reflect on London and our time together there. Those 4 1/2 days were really what we needed to help see us through to the end. The days pass oh so slowly, but the months seem to pass by quicker. Soon, soon… Continue reading Week 30: London Recap Day 3

Deployment, London, The Army Wife Chapters

Week 29: London Recap Day 2

After our long awaited airport reunion, we experienced our first venture on the Tube, and located the flat in Islington, London we were sharing with another soldier family. We talked and I kept reaching over to touch his arm because I finally could. No longer were we looking through the computer screen longingly - I… Continue reading Week 29: London Recap Day 2

Deployment, The Army Wife Chapters

Week 29: The Birthday Box

I wanted to make Hawk's birthday as special as it possibly could be with him being 5,550 miles away from his favorite places, his favorite things,  and his favorite people. After brainstorming a bit, the Birthday Box was born. Anyone who knows Hawk for even the slightest amount of time will learn that he lives… Continue reading Week 29: The Birthday Box

Deployment, London, The Army Wife Chapters

Week 26: London Recap Day 1

Hawk has officially been gone for six months. I almost shake my head with amazement because I can't believe I still functioned after Day One, and here, six months later we are thriving. It's still hard every day. Some days it is still really, really hard, but here we are doing something that would tear… Continue reading Week 26: London Recap Day 1