For All of You Military Wives...

Discussion in 'United We Stand' started by Jynohn, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Jynohn

    Jynohn DIS Veteran

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    I saw this on military.com today and thought it was fitting to post here...

    What is it to love a Soldier? It's being alone for months on end, living for that one moment, that one kiss when you see each other again. It's putting on a brave face, and pretending nothing is wrong in public while secretly wanting to die inside. It's waiting for the mail everyday, praying for a letter, or becoming attached to the phone hoping he'll call. It's praying that he will be ok, he'll return home safe. It's finally realizing what it's like to have real love; true, pure love. It's no fairytale by any means. Military relationships are the product of many tears born both in happiness and despair, nights alone wondering where he is, if he's safe. It's looking at pictures, knowing that's the only way you can see his face, calling your voicemail to hear his voice, and not washing his clothes until they've lost his scent. But it's all worth it in the end, because you know you have one of the purest loves in the world because your Soldier truly knows the meaning of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, not only to the military, but to you. And that makes everything worthwhile. :love:
     
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  3. Auggietina

    Auggietina <font color=blue>The sky was streaked with reds, p

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    100 % true!

    Thanks for sharing and making me cry at work!

    DH has been home for 6 months now, but the memories are still very fresh.
     
  4. BibbidiBobbidiBOO

    BibbidiBobbidiBOO <font color=green>AKL is my new favorite<br><font

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    Wow I can still relate 4 1/2 months later. Thanks for posting and hope your DH demobs quickly! :sunny:
     
  5. PA DISNEYLOVER

    PA DISNEYLOVER Mouseketeer

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    My husband landed in Iraq 3 days ago. Thanks for that and how true it is.
     
  6. ClarabelleCowFan

    ClarabelleCowFan <font color=teal>Found Someone You Have<br><font c

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    Wow. Well said!

    Hoping all of our brave soldiers come home safely to their families very soon.
     
  7. Fanci

    Fanci Earning My Ears

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  8. Alice28

    Alice28 DIS Veteran<br><font color=blue>I'm Doombah Fricki

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    True, so true. I missed a call from DH today & have already replayed the voicemail twice to hear his voice. :sad:
     
  9. 4nana

    4nana God Bless America, Land of the Free, Because of th

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    Thank you for sharing such a nice reminder and beautiful message of hope. I must have missed your post on your DH's return while I was away and am so happy and relieved to hear he made it home safe and sound. I can only imagine how happy the holidays will be for you and your family. Thanks to you and your soldier for your sacrifices, it is greatly appreciated. May all our boys (and girls) return home safe and sound soon. BTW, I love your siggie pic! :goodvibes
     
  10. kc10family

    kc10family <marquee><font color=cc00cc>Fly Chick</marquee><br

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    A Tribute To Military Spouses"

    Over the years I have talked a lot about military spouses,
    how special they are and the price they pay for freedom too.

    The funny thing about it, is most military spouses don't consider themselves
    different from other spouses. They do what they have to do, bound together
    not by blood or merely friendship, but with a shared spirit whose origin is
    in the very essence of what love truly is. Is there truly a difference? You
    have to decide for yourself.

    Other spouses get married and look forward to building equity in a home and
    putting down family roots. Military spouses get married and know they'll
    live in base housing or rent, and their roots must be short so they can be
    transplanted frequently.Other spouses decorate a home with flair and
    personality that will last a lifetime.

    Military spouses decorate a home with flare tempered with the knowledge that
    no two base houses have the same size windows or same size rooms. Curtains
    have to be flexible and multiple sets are a plus. Furniture must fit like
    puzzle pieces.Other spouses have immaculate living rooms and are seldom
    used. Military spouses have immaculate living room/dining room combos. The
    coffee table got a scratch or two moving from Germany, but it still looks
    pretty good.

    Other spouses say good-bye to their spouse for a business trip and know they
    won't see them for a week. They are lonely, but can survive. Military
    spouses say good-bye to their deploying spouse and know that they won't see
    them for a month, or for a remote, a year. They are lonely, but they will
    survive.

    Other spouses, when a washer hose blows off, call Maytag and then write a
    check out for getting the hose reconnected. Military spouses will cut the
    water off and fix it themselves.Other spouses get used to saying hello to
    friends they see all the time. Military spouses get used to saying good-bye
    to friends made the last two years.

    Other spouses worry about whether their child will be class president next
    year. Military spouses worry about whether their child will be accepted in
    yet another new school next year and whether that school will be the worst
    in the city...again.

    Other spouses can count on spouse participation in special events,
    birthdays, anniversaries, concerts, football games, graduation, and even the
    birth of a child. Military spouses only count on each other; because they
    realize that the Flag has to come first if freedom is to survive. It has to
    be that way.

    Other spouses put up yellow ribbons when the troops are imperiled across the
    globe and take them down when the troops come home. Military spouses wear
    yellow ribbons around their hearts and they never go away.

    Other spouses worry about being late for Mom's Thanksgiving dinner. Military
    spouses worry about getting back from Japan in time for Dad's funeral.And
    other spouses are touched by the television program showing an elderly lady
    putting a card down in the front of a long, black wall that has names on it.
    The card simply says, "Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. You would have been sixty
    today." A military spouse is the lady with the card. The wall is the Vietnam
    Memorial.

    I would never say military spouses are better or worse than other spouses
    are. But I will say there is a difference. And I will say that our country
    asks more of military spouses than asked of other spouses. And I will say
    without hesitation that military spouses pay just as high a price for
    freedom as do their active duty husbands or wives. Perhaps the price they
    pay is even higher.

    Dying in service to our Country isn't near as hard as loving someone who has
    died in service to our Country, and having to live without them.
    God Bless our military spouses for all they freely give...
    And God Bless America.

    By Colonel Steven Arrington
     
  11. PrincessaC

    PrincessaC Dreaming of Disney!

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    Hubby comes home on the 23rd!! :cheer2: :banana:
     
  12. Alice28

    Alice28 DIS Veteran<br><font color=blue>I'm Doombah Fricki

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    Just got the OFFICIAL news that DH is supposed to be at Ft Lewis WA 1/9/06! Less than a month and about a week earlier than we thought. :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
     
  13. Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki

    Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki <font color=peach>I took matters into my own hands

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    Commissary Roadblock
    by Paige Swiney

    It was just another harried Wednesday afternoon trip to the commissary.

    My husband was off teaching young men to fly. My daughters were going about their daily activities knowing I would return to them at the appointed time bearing, among other things, their favorite fruit snacks, frozen pizza, and all the little extras that never had to be written down on a grocery list.

    My grocery list, by the way, was in my 16-month old daughter’s mouth, and I was lamenting the fact that the next four aisles of needed items would have to come from memory.

    I was turning on to the hygiene/baby aisle while extracting the last of my list from my daughter’s mouth when I nearly ran over an old man.

    This man clearly had no appreciation for the fact that I had 45 minutes left to finish the grocery shopping, pick up my 4-year old from tumbling class, and get to school where my 12-year-old and her carpool mates would be waiting. I knew men didn’t belong in a commissary, and this old guy was no exception.

    He stood in front of the soap selections staring blankly, as if he’d never had to choose a bar of soap in his life. I was ready to bark and order at him when I realized there was a tear on his face. Instantly, this grocery aisle roadblock was transformed into a human.

    “Can I help you find something?” I asked.

    He hesitated, and then told me he was looking for soap. “Any one in particular?” I continued.

    “Well, I’m trying to find my wife’s brand of soap.”

    I started to hand him my cell phone to call her when he said, “She died a year ago, and I just want to smell her again.”

    Chills ran down my spine. I don’t’ think the 22,000-pound Mother of all Bombs could have had the same impact. As tears welled up in my eyes, my half-eaten grocery list didn’t seem so important. Neither did fruit snacks or frozen pizza.

    I spent the remainder of my time in the commissary that day listening to a man tell the story of how important his wife was to him—how she took care of their children while he served our country.

    A retired, decorated World War II pilot who flew missions to protect Americans still needed the protection of a woman who served him at home.

    My life was forever changed that day. Every time my husband works late or leaves before the crack of dawn, I try to remember the sense of importance I felt that day in the commissary. Sometimes the monotony of laundry, housecleaning, grocery shopping and taxi driving leaves military wives feeling empty—the kind of emptiness that is rarely fulfilled when our husbands come home and don’t want to or can’t talk about work.

    We need to be reminded of the important role we fill for our family and for our country.
     
  14. Jynohn

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    Congratulations to both of you on your soldiers' upcoming return! Can't think of a nicer reason to celebrate the holidays. :teeth: Hope the remaining time goes by quickly for you...

    Jynohn
     
  15. poohbear1029

    poohbear1029 <font color=deeppink>Masquerading as a normal pers

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    You people are killing me here!!! Hormonal pregnant women whose husbands are TDY this week should not read these things!

    Thank you for sharing!

    On another message board, a military spouse put it great......we are actually very lucky. By our husbands being away now again we get a luxury that most spouses dont. We get to fall in love with our husband all over again each and every time they come home to us safely! There is nothing like that "honeymoon" phase when they come home again!
     
  16. Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki

    Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki <font color=peach>I took matters into my own hands

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    So, are you saying I should send my husband away for a while? :teeth:
     
  17. poohbear1029

    poohbear1029 <font color=deeppink>Masquerading as a normal pers

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    Come on....you've never uttered the following words in a moment of frustration: "dont you have a TDY coming up?" ;)

    When we were dating and first married it seemed like he was always gone...we told people it was the secret to a good relationship....less time to fight!
     
  18. poohbear1029

    poohbear1029 <font color=deeppink>Masquerading as a normal pers

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    I love the older veterans in the commissary...they are always so sweet to me...and they always ask DH for help getting stuff off the high shelves 'cause he's tall and they've shrunk with age.
     
  19. PrincessaC

    PrincessaC Dreaming of Disney!

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    :rotfl:

    Nothing like the "honeymoon" phase :teeth:
     
  20. Jynohn

    Jynohn DIS Veteran

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    DH has been home exactly one month and those words have already come out of my mouth. :teeth: That honeymoon phase was fun while it lasted! :rotfl:
     
  21. Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki

    Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki <font color=peach>I took matters into my own hands

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    :guilty: :guilty: guilty :guilty: :guilty:

    I use his TDY times to rearrange furniture, paint rooms, and all the other stuff he doesn't want me to do :teeth:
     

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