Wife 2 Wife #3

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Okay, so I'm not getting back to studying quite yet... There is another Wednesday link-up I need to take part in! I am especially excited about WoF recently because I have found the official group for here in O'side and will be going to my first meeting next week...Yeee! We are going to have fellowship at a local coffee joint and will also be studying Faith Deployed by Jocelyn Green. Just started reading this, and just recieved the second book, and I can't wait to dig in! Simply wonderful.


Anyway, the description again is below, followed by this weeks question!


Wife 2 Wife is an opportunity for you as a military wife to share your heart with another military wife on issues and challenges that all of us face at one time or another in military life and get to know a LOT of other military wives. This is your chance to connect with other Wives of Faith!


Some questions will be fun, some will be serious, but EVERY week will be a GREAT WEEK!
 
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This week's question:
 

How has your life changed as a military wife?

 
Well, this is quite a question. Having grown up in a military family at first I didn't expect it to change much. I was just excited to experience the lifestyle more directly than I could as a daughter of a soldier. You know what I mean, right? Well, there have been quite some changes. I've met some amazing women. I was actually able to tour the Marine Corps Commandant's home in DC and meet Mrs. Amos & Chesty! I've volunteered at a summer camp for special needs children on base in Quantico. I even created a board game for kids about moving in the military, and it was actually produced into a real legit game!
 
I was able to gain a different perspective on this life I thought I knew everything about. I came into this with our first move to Virginia feeling great and too full of myself. I thought I had it all figured out, having experienced this before, much more than some other wives. {How naive I was!}. I experienced deployments and separations from my dad growing up, I experienced the act of moving every few years, going to new schools and making new friends. I thought I knew. But not from this perspective.
 
Being a military wife is different than being a daughter of someone in the military. I've learned that I will never know all the answers. I've learned how stressful organizing a move is. I've learned just how much can go wrong during a move, and came to be in awe of how my mom was able to move us cross-country alone a few times without wrecking or anything breaking. I've learned a lot about OPSEC and the security involved in military affairs and my husband's work, and not to breach that.
 
To answer the question, my life has changed tremendously. With my husband now in the military, I have a different perspective and respect for the military, one that I couldn't have experienced with my father. Having each of these connections has changed me very much. I've learned much about patience, God's timing, how to move cross-country with two animals in tow, my own limits, my husband's limits, how to deal with being so far from family.
 
Now I understand my husband's duties to our country. Now I understand my duties as a wife to a Marine on the home front. Now I understand what a true faith and trust in our God looks like, something that is necessary for this lifestyle. I have grown tremendously in my faith since that fateful move to Virginia over a year ago. And I am ever so thankful for all of these life experiences to lead me to where I am, right this moment.
 
My life has changed drastically as a military wife. I have grown in my faith, found myself, fostered my love of reading and volunteering, solidified my testimony, and realized my true passion for children and education. I don't imagine any of this happening if I had stayed back in College Station to finish school rather than moving with my husband, that fateful move to Virginia just over a year ago. I know I say this a lot, but I am truly forever grateful for our military life, and the opportunities it has given me.
 
 

3 comments:

  1. Well written post! I didn't grow up a military child, but i had family in the military and thought I knew what to expect. You're right, it's completely different when you experience it versus the idea in your head.

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  2. I think this is very reflective. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Just found your blog, I'm also a military wife in Texas! Your home :)
    New follower! Can't wait to get to know you more.

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