April is Month of The Military Child

Apr 7, 2014

A whole month dedicated to military kids! They deserve much more than a month, but if mothers only get a day, I guess a month will do. I happen to have three military "brats" and who would I be if I didn't take time to recognize my own little people that sacrifice without even knowing.
recruiting 2010
The military isn't an easy life for anyone involved. I grew to know the challenges that I faced as a military wife, but I am still learning how to deal with parenting in the military. Your children look to you to be the strong one, and guide them through all the changes that happen. If you appear to be happy and okay, they tend to do the same. 

But there are hard times for them as well. Ace has questions that I cannot answer. And even when I do answer, the answer he gets is not satisfying because it does not end with dad being able to appear. There are tears shed over wanting dad to read a bed time story, or dad to play hockey in the living room. There is anger, confusion, and sadness. But there is also an overwhelming amount of pride tucked inside these little bodies. Every time they see a plane in the sky they say "hey mom is dad going to jump out of there?" or when we pass someone in uniform they whisper "my dad has a uniform like that too". They run around the house in all his boots, they play "army" with their toys, and it is a fight to see who will be playing "dad".
ranger school graduation 2012
It is amazing to watch these incredibly resilient kids say hello and goodbye. To reintegrate each and every time. Pierce didn't get to meet Chris for a few months after he was born, and now they have one of the strongest bonds. These kids teach me more about how to deal with all different circumstances because they do it all the time. They know nothing different.
the first time they met november 2011
Military kids are truly amazing, each and every one of them. They learn how to adapt and change. They learn how to embrace new places and eventually call them home.  They are tough, and possess a sense of strength and selflessness for something much bigger than they even know. They sacrifice the most.

I am so grateful for these little humans they make it all worth it.






13 comments:

  1. I love this! My heart hurts thinking a about a mom or dad not being there for any length of time. I honestly don't know how you guys do it. But you're right kids are amazing little creatures and they are so much stronger than we give them credit for. Brave little things. I've said it before and I'll say it again. You guys are awesome and I'm grateful to you.

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  2. I always say that my kids are way stronger than I am. They handle separations and reintegration better than I do!

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  3. Such a sweet post, military kids are extraordinarily special! :)

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  4. Love this and all the pictures. So sweet.

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  5. So sweet! I love when my kid's see other people in uniform and go "hey, they stole Daddy's clothes!" LOL I'm convinced my son thought every lady in uniform was me for the first year of his life.

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  6. What a beautifully written post! We tend to think of kids as being resilient, and they are! I think kids who grow up "in the military" have their resiliency tested far more than most. We should look to our kids every now and then. Their strength is to be admired.

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  7. Such a sweet post. It even made me tear up a little. Those are some strong kids. And you are so strong too! I don't know how you do it. I complain about my husband being away every other week for a couple of days. It seems silly now compared to what military wives go through. You guys are amazing.

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    1. Aww...thank you so much! These little kids are amazing, so inspiring, they humble me everyday!

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  8. Such sweet pictures! I especially like the one of your son and husband at ranger school graduation! My kids have a big toy aircraft carrier that they are constantly playing with. I don't think they know exactly what real aircraft carriers do, but theirs catches a lot of pirates! ;-)

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  9. Beautiful post! It is not an easy life, but hopefully we are doing them right. Thanks so much for linking up. I look forward to r

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  10. I agree with the others - such sweet pictures. And yes, military children are amazing!

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  11. Such wonderful pictures! I completely agree with you, military children are amazing! :)

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