The Wife

Apr 23, 2014

You may or may not know, but my husband is in the Army! I don't really talk about it too much on this here spec of the world wide web, but we don't talk about it too much at home either. Not that it is not important, we just happen to be one of those families that when dad is out of uniform, dad is out of uniform. I don't really think of Chris's chosen profession to be any different than if he weren't in the Army. Sure he is gone a lot, works a ton of hours, and comes home exhausted. But I look at my dad and realize that he is in four different cities each week, every week. So to me a job is a job....
Obviously military life comes with its own unique set of challenges, but for the most part it keeps you on your toes. I actually enjoy the moving aspect of it all, okay not the packing and unpacking, but living in different places. We have moved into seven different houses in seven years, I have had plenty of opportunities to tap into my interior decorating side. We have lived in Seattle, Arizona, Georgia, and now Alaska. I now possess a wardrobe that can handle summers in the desert of Arizona, non-stop rain in Seattle, and below zero temps in Alaska. Not too shabby right? 
My experiences with being married to a man in uniform have been somewhat unorthodox. I married my husband when he was a private, then he got out of the Army. Then got back in as a recruiter, then got back out. Then got back in as on officer, then got back out....just kidding, clearly he still puts on a uniform everyday. You can read more about that stuff here. But I have seen the many different stereotypes be thrown around from each and every situation we have been in. And to be honest with you I just don't get it. Or maybe I have just chosen to stay an arms length from it all. I support Chris and his career 100%, all day everyday, and he knows that. But I also have hobbies, goals, and aspirations that have nothing to do with the military. Half the time I have no idea what my husband is talking about. I can't count how many times I realize I forgot my ID when I pull up to the gate. I find myself saying "wait what time is that?" when my husband tells when he'll be home from work. 
I happen to think we are relatively normal as far as family dynamics go, if you have been reading this blog for a while you know we are minutes away from one who flew over the cuckoo's nest! But life is an adventure and who doesn't love planning a family vacation only to have the date changed six times? Ha! 




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11 comments:

  1. Yes, I read another blog of an Army Wife in Germany "Maybe Too Blonde" and she says her husband's job is just a job, too. I thought it would be like that for us, but it is QUITE the opposite, especially here on independent duty. We are in Georgia until this summer. Wonder how you liked it? It's a bit of a throwback for us, with some high schools having their first ever integrated proms, but it's extremely patriotic and beautiful during spring and fall. Cheers!

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    1. Hi Bree! I think it is all in how you approach military life, trust me I do not think it is easy on anyone. Or maybe it has just become my new normal. But I grew up with a dad that traveled constantly as a civilian and was around much less than my husband is for my kids. But, thats the nature of the best right? I loved being stationed in GA, where are you guys at?

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  2. We have never been part of a regular unit because of my husband's career path so when other wives I know start spouting our acronyms, I have no idea what they are talking about! You have a great perspective and I look forward to reading more!

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  3. You guys have moved so much! We are getting ready to PCS to Florida soon, and I'm really hoping we will stay there a little longer then normal! :) I agree with you, its just their job, and I don't let it define who I am.

    Amanda // Happily Ever After
    www.happily-ever-after-blog.com

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    1. We have definitely moved more than the norm. Every time we have been somewhere for a year I am looking at my husband like....are we moving again soon? haha!

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  4. I love reading about your crazy life. It makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the only one...lol.

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    1. Haha!!! So glad I make you feel normal :)

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  5. I look up to you military wives...you have to deal with so much!
    I think it would be cool to live in different places all the time too, but I'm sure it gets tiring after awhile. And as much as I like the show, I've heard it's NOWHERE close to really portraying the life of an army wife.

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  6. Stopping by from the link up! I love your story!! Aren't we ALL just a little crazy? Yes... ;)

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  7. Your wardrobe is pretty amazing and having all those seasons covered means you'd fit right in with CA! ;)

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  8. I don't think your life sounds crazy! Okay maybe the moving. But the rest of the stuff is perfectly normal to me. As my son just dumps an entire bag of Pirate's Booty all over the travel potty in the backseat...

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