Today I am tasked with creating a playlist that tells my readers how my 2018 went.
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…
I’ve definitely had a lot of curve balls thrown my way this year. My husband went away mid January to TBS school because he was selected for Warrant Officer. This meant that he had to go to Virginia for four months, and then Texas for an additional three months.
As a military family you move around a lot. You don’t have family close by so if you can you lean on your friends for support. However, there were a few times where I couldn’t.
It was a Friday night so we ordered pizza in and were about to watch a movie. JJ started complaining about his stomach hurting but I figured he was faking it because he didn’t want to eat his pizza. He kept complaining about it and eventually started to cry. I knew it was serious. It freaked me out because I thought it could’ve had something to do with his appendix–I wasn’t thinking clearly, it was totally on the wrong side haha.
I took him to the Naval Hospital and sat around for an hour before they told us to go to the Pediatric Emergency Room. So I rush across town to the Pediatric Emergency Room with both kids in tow. It was PACKED, there were so many families and children because it was when RSV was prominent. I was stressed out, JJ crying in pain in my lap, but thankfully Jaxson wasn’t mobile during that time.
We waited almost four hours before going back, and JJ finally got an x-ray done. It was severe constipation, that poor boy.
There were many other times where I had to pull up my big girl panties and keep going. There were times I cried but I kept going.
Being a military spouse and a special needs mom has definitely taught me to be strong.
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough, I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up, I’m still looking up…
Being a military spouse is definitely not for the weak. James has been deployed twice, on one unaccompanied tour, and on a nine month training throughout our marriage. And while we are here he will be away a lot more due to taking on more responsibilities. I feel like each and every deployment or unaccompanied tour we go through makes us stronger.
Even with all of the separations I would chose this life over and over again. He’s such an amazing husband and father. I couldn’t imagine a life without him. He always puts our needs before his own, he is selfless. Since we’ve been in our home he’s re-done our bedroom floors, put up a barn-style door, made a barn-style gate to keep Jaxson out of the kitchen, re-done the light fixture outside, and is now working on re-doing our vanity in the bathroom. I don’t know how he does it on top of working more then 12 hours a day.
He’s definitely Superman!
Rascal Flatts – Life is a Highway
Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long…
We recently packed all of our belongings in Pensacola and moved up to North Carolina. This is the story of our lives, we move every three to four years. That’s the military life! It definitely has it’s pros and cons.
The pros: Moving around to different locations, and experiencing new cultures. I grew up as an Air Force brat so I’m accustomed to this life. We were able to go to Germany and other countries in Europe while stationed there. I’ve been to Florida, South Carolina, New York, etc.
The cons: Leaving all of your friendships and family behind. This is definitely the hardest and only con I can think of. Where ever you go, you’ll establish friendships. It is even harder now that we have children because we see how it affects them. It hurts my heart seeing JJ cry because he can’t see his friend Mason or Bryce.
We purchased our very first home here in North Carolina. I am loving the area here, it’s away from the cities Wilmington and Jacksonville. Quiet place. I can’t wait to see our children grow here and make their mark.
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