Dear Military Mom,
I’ve been thinking about you. With The 4th of July approaching, a day we celebrate our great country and our freedom, I think about the courage of those serving in our military and how much I admire them.
But do you know who else I admire? . . .YOU!
As a mom with two children living a plane ride away from family, I’ve witnessed challenges that make me appreciate you and the struggles you face raising your families in military life. You get it. You’ve done it. You continue to do it. There’s nothing you haven’t seen.
You often live in other states (or countries) without family around. On top of that, your spouse may be deployed. You have to pack up your house, your life, and move your family each time you get new orders. And it’s not always clear or certain where your new location will be. It’s hard to plan vacations, or hold a job yourself because plans with your military spouse can come up or change quickly.
Many of your active duty spouses miss out on your pregnancies, not being able to attend ultrasounds, doctor visits or even the birth itself. Some of you worry about them getting home in time for the birth. . . let alone, getting home at all.
Talk about tough, ladies, YOU certainly are.
Sometimes I run out of milk for my kids while my husband’s at work, and he picks some up on his way home. Sometimes I whine because I’ve had a long day with the kids and can’t wait for him to come home from work to get a break. You don’t always have that luxury.
When your spouses are deployed, being home alone with your kids can not only be exhausting, it can be lonely too. EVERYTHING is on YOU while they are gone. When your child is melting down or teething in the middle of the night, there’s no one like your spouse to be there by your side, providing that relief and backup. You have sick children to care for, rough days, school drop-offs, doctor appointments. There’s handling your children adjusting to new moves and help them in missing their parent that is away. In addition, you also handle the disappointment from your kids as your spouse misses important family events.
There is a lot in your life that is out of your control, and that’s not easy.
But you show us other moms that you are courageous. You adapt, you find strength in your families, friends, and within yourselves.
Your spouses/significant others are heroes, defending our country, putting their lives on the line. But you know who else is just as tough? YOU. The mothers who are our heroes at home, bravely supporting and sacrificing for their families while their loved ones are away.
Thank you! Thank you for being an inspiration to all moms, showing us that when times are tough, we can be too. And if you can do it, so can we.
One grateful mom
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