Monday, March 21, 2011

One Year

So I have officially been a Marine Corps wife for a year now. I feel as though I have done quite a bit in this year, and learned a ton. So, as my jump back in to blogging, I'm going to share a few things I've learned. *(Probably nothing too surprising for any other military spouses!)*

He means it when he says I know what he knows, whether it's about TDY, TAD, PCSing, deploying, or even when he has duty.
It's just
annoying that he doesn't know much.

Life is easier when you go with the flow and accept that
you don't have control.
Not that I have learned to do this, but I know I should.
...I figure that's halfway there, right?

I will tear up when I hear anything patriotic.
still surprises me.

My husband will not brag about himself, regardless of what he has done.
It's a Marine thing.
That's fine.

I can do it for him.

No matter where your husband is, when you hear on the news about a casualty, your heart will stop. Because you know

it could be your Marine
And God bless the CACO Officers, but I never want to meet one.

No matter how much you love who you are with and where you are,

it is really hard to be so far away from everyone

you need in your life. I'm still trying to figure out how to make long distance friendships work, and sometimes, I feel like I am failing miserably.

Military wives are an interesting breed of women. Most are strong and brave and completely independent capable women. Others are very immature, whiny, and a bit crazy.
Figuring out who is what is like navigating a mine field.

It is frustrating and
hurts every time someone tells me that I knew what I was getting in to. I am not sure how they think I am going to take it, but I fail to see how knowing that I was marrying a Marine makes it any easier to say goodbye to him for months at a time.

I *thought* I knew what "friends that turn in to family" meant when I was in college.
I did not.
Now, however, I do. And
I am so grateful for them.

Sorority life was amazing training for military wife life!

I would not trade this life for anything.

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