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.
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.