What A Year

One year ago today, I did the hardest thing I have ever done. With tears streaming down my face, I kissed my husband goodbye, watched him into the recruitment center and together, we began this adventure into the great unknown. It feels like that day was a lifetime ago and yet my heart still races and my chest tightens when I think about it. I still can not believe that I had the strength to let me go.

I had God given peace about him joining the military long before my husband every brought it up to me. Its so crazy how God works. I am so grateful that He did because once my husband did bring the idea of joining up to me, things happened quickly. It was less than a month from the time we had our first serious conversation about it to the time that he left for basic.

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We had no idea what the year would hold. No idea how difficult or terrifying it would be. No ideas how many goodbyes or tears would be shed. And we certainly had no idea that we would spend over a year apart but I am grateful that we did not. If God had revealed exactly how this year would play out, I think we would had said no. We would have let fear cripple and stop us from pursing an amazing adventure. I am thankful that God only revealed one step at a time. At times it felt overwhelming, but he never gave us more than we would handle.

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With the exception of three weeks, (you can count that or not), today marks one year since we have resided together. If you had told me a year ago that we would spend over a year apart, I would have told you that there was no way we would survive and that it would ruin our marriage. That was my greatest fear and somehow God turned that fear into one of the greatest testimonies. A year apart and our marriage truly is stronger than it was before. Its hard to explain and I can hardly even wrap my head around it. A year that had potential to tear us apart, by the grace of God, brought us closer to each other and to Him.

I am not sure what this next year holds for us, but after last year, I am okay with that. But one thing I do know is that this next year will hold one of the sweetest and most wonderful “Welcome Home”s of our lives.

 

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40 thoughts on “What A Year

  1. I love this and while I have been gone from blogging for a bit, I love this addition to your life story. I think to walk in your shoes must teach you to appreciate the littlest things in life and set aside the trivial things. You are a model to other military couples and you are a beautiful couple too. Congrats on your year…

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  2. great photos with you and your guy in front of military helicopters…we have to pray for our military aviators and crew more and not be passive about safety enhancements and rechecks of equipment because of all the accidents occurring lately…regardless of how bad it looks at times, there is something about God’s covering, his wings, his feathers cover from harm and bring men from their mission back to their homes.

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  3. What a beautiful life — and such an amazing sweet story of love, faith and devotion! My prayers for God’s blessings to ever be upon both of you and keep tied together in the sweetest love. Thank you for sharing! thank you for liking my blog too. i feel blessed i could come here to see your posts because of that! 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much! You are so kind. Your words mean a lot to me. I so admire your strength, love and devotion – to life and God. My prayers always for His blessings to be upon you and the love of your life! 🙂

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  4. I was in the Navy and did three tours off the Vietnam coast. I wasn’t married but I missed my love ones. God bless you and keep you and your husband. So grateful that he is serving our country. We need men as him, who are willing to stand firm and fight for our freedoms. Just a thought, we could have lost our freedoms many times in our history, if we were not willing to stand and fight for our freedoms. God bless and keep him.

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    1. Thank you for your service and sacrifice! He most definitely is an amazing and selfless man. I am so honored every day to be able to stand next to him and support him. Because he surely loves and supports me. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

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  5. We too are a military family (USMC) and deployments/ time apart never gets easier. However, the welcome home is always so sweet and such a wonderful gift that not everyone gets to experience! Best of luck to you, we have been at it for 6 years and it is quite an adventure!

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    1. That is so true. Some times its easy for me to get caught up in the every day and just trying to make it through that I forget what we are working towards. The home coming. Thank you for the reminder. We slowly but surely are getting closer. Wishing you and your family the best!

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  6. Sweetheart, God bless you and your precious husband! And thank you both for serving!!! My two boys served too, Air Force & Navy. I understand how difficult it is when they depart. Your family is in my prayers. Also, giving blood is an important and unselfish act. Good for you.

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  7. wholeheartclub

    This is beautifully put and such a reminder to trust in the process. When things don’t initially work out the way I had hoped, this little prayer always pops up, “Thank You for choosing the path I wouldn’t have been able to choose for myself” ❤️

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