Recently I have spent many a day battling my very strong-willed daughter who is sadly so much like me that I know it’s all my fault. I have come to accept it, I have to accept it daily when she awakens with that look in her eye that I know I too get. One thing I am thankful for in that strong-willed spirit of hers will help her brothers through a career of deployments or training. She understands even now that daddy is leaving, why, and for how long. She knows that while our family is apart we are interconnected and that is something I have over heard her tell her little brother a hundred times. A true military brat to the core this kid gets it. She understands how important it is to stand at attention quietly as taps is played and heard around housing. She stops and places her hand over her heart. How much more could a mom ask for? That maybe she not be quite so stubborn?? Yeah again, it’s my fault, but that stubbornness helps her endure and while it drives me nuts it will help her to overcome daddy’s time in service. I love my children so much, watching them as they salute daddy as he comes in the door (even though daddy isn’t an officer it’s important to them.) As the try on his cover, his shoes, his boots, looking for something to build a memory from. They flock to him the moment he walks in the door, mommy loses all value and that is great, because he is daddy. I always joke with my dear friend Michelle, that if anything ever happened to me there are no pictures of the kids and I, they will never know me. The reality is that something could happen to my love, and all those photos with him will be what our children have…and that is the most important. Military life isn’t easy, it isn’t something I ever thought I would chose in my life, but it’s our life. We have three amazing military kiddos who stand at attention and salute with pride. We have kids who run and play and laugh daily even bringing us to tears sometimes with laughter…would I trade that for anything??? Never. Mommy-hood isn’t easy, Military life isn’t easy, but they are the best things I have ever been a part of in my life.
I will stand here beside them as we wave off a ship from the pier…
I will lift them high in the air as we stand by at homecoming desperate to plow through the gates to get to our sailor daddy.
~We cast our lot in a Sailor~
~Where he is~
~Is home to us!!