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Remembering Our Military & Their Families Today

She left immediately after their wedding to the place they would be stationed for the next two years-Hawaii. To the outsider it was the ultimate honeymoon…beautiful beaches, great surf and one big Luau! If you’re a military family you know the hardship of any move. New homes to get settled into, another DMV visit and finding your new normal in this new city sometimes apart from your spouse.

They would next be sent to Clarksville, TN and her husband would have his first deployment to Iraq and then two more. She would wear a brave face & a black pearl necklace to remind her of their time in Hawaii together. She would say good-bye and pray that God would return him home safely to her. Then a new single life would begin: working, caring for home repairs, mowing the lawn, figuring out why the hot water tank wasn’t working, changing flat tires in the middle of the night and cooking for one again.

Strong, capable & selfless are words her friends would use to describe her before watching her face her first deployment. There are no words that adequately describe her sacrifice, love and service after watching her the last 11 years being a military wife. We don’t often see the faces of all the military families that support our troops and maintain life back home. Thanks to her I look harder for these families.

She didn’t sit back and just hope & pray. She lead her Family Readiness Group (FRG) on base. She communicated news to families who hadn’t heard from loved ones. She provided updates, welcomed & rocked new babies and even was a birth coach when a daddy was still deployed. She cried with widows & children when they learned their father or husband wouldn’t return. She taught moms to balance check books, she made meals, she listened, she laughed and she loved all while waiting too. She wore that brave face & pearl necklace encouraging others and continuing to pray for her husband.

Three deployments to Iraq later and he’s home safe.  To Dave & all our military personnel this Memorial Day thank you for the sacrifice and service to our country. Today we remember and honor you.  To my friend Curly & all our military families, I hope we always look for your families in our communities and find small ways to give back to you the freedom you have sacrificed for our families. We are grateful!

I’m linking up today with my friends at The Better Mom. Stop by and say hi!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely. Thanks for sharing this.

    May 28, 2012
    • Michele Wilbert #

      Thanks for stopping by tonight!

      May 28, 2012
  2. we must be grateful for those who fight for us! thanks for sharing! blessings from Uganda

    May 28, 2012
    • Michele Wilbert #

      You are right! They bless us with their service!

      May 29, 2012
    • Michele Wilbert #

      Praying for the Hallahans this morning!

      August 18, 2012
  3. Thanks Misha – I think most times I had the easy part. The families are the ones that have to deal with the fallout and handle all of the details back home. Loved the blost!

    May 29, 2012
    • Michele Wilbert #

      You definitely didn’t have the easy part!! It’s impossible to find words or ways to adequately say thank you to you & all our military. Loving your families while you are away should be one way we express that gratitude.

      May 29, 2012
  4. WOW! This was a surprise! I am so proud of Dave and the way he served our soldiers and country. Thank you for all your support that you have given me, Misha. Neither of us knew much about the military before I married Dave and I think we have both been given quite the education. I am blessed to have dave back from those deployments and have friends that think about us on Memorial day. During one deployement a woman told me, “There is nothing like welcoming your man home from war. Women have been doing this for centuries.” I am humbled by the women that sent husbands away in previous wars and thankful they shared how to get through it.

    Who would have thought our lives would look like this when we were in your apartment in college having a huge pillow fight. Love you, friend.

    May 29, 2012

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