Stop and think for a moment.....Have YOU truly found your passion in life? I am talking about, something that you have wanted to do since you were a child? Something that you would put your life on hold for, and would sacrifice time, holidays and memories for? I have never known a passion so deep until I met my husband Matt (Bubs).
Bubs has wanted to fly in the military since he was a child….he has known this since then! I cannot imagine this, I am jealous of this, and yet so proud that my heart wants to explode with pride because of this.
Now, if you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be married to a man in the military, I wouldn’t have believed you (I do not come from a military family). If you would have told me that I would one day wait for a man while he is deployed for a year after we’d been dating only 6 months, I would have laughed at you. And lastly if you would have told me that my husband had the choice to be deployed for a year a second time, and that I was the one who actually encouraged him to go, I would most certainly call you a liar. It’s ironic that as a wife of a man in the military that a wife’s love and support is what allows him to know that he can be successful in another deployment. But if supporting my husband while he fights for our freedom is my legacy then so be it!
So, what has loving a man with such a passion to help people taught me?
I have learned that the “call to be dutiful” is palpable. And that a military wife is “serving” our country right alongside her husband even if they are thousands of miles away from the battlefield. The military has shown me that some real brotherhoods have nothing to do with blood relatives. It has shown me how waiting for a kiss for a year is worth it because it will be the best kiss in history. It has taught me that I am strong by myself but even stronger as I support my husband in his endeavors. It has taught me that true love does wait, and will wait…. Every. Single. Time.
It has taught me how to smile and look like I wasn’t up all night crying. It has taught me what TRUE PRIDE looks and feel like. It has taught me that the distance between two hearts is NO obstacle. It has taught me how to be alone, and what it takes to protect myself when I am. It has taught me what real loneliness feels like and that this feeling makes the moments we are
together so much more beautiful. It has taught me how to express my love in many different ways. And lastly, it has taught me the beauty in supporting someone that has found their true passion, no matter how difficult it may be on me.
I am grateful for the chance to live the sometimes chaotic life I have with my husband, even if others themselves would not chose it….I would!
I am so grateful for this opportunity to make a difference with Waves for Water. Thank you for including me in this monumental and impactful organization.
Current city: Minneapolis, MN
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Occupation: IT Recruiter AND Fitness Instructor (cycle, Bootcamp, and Body Pump)
Motto: Do something each day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt