The Army Life

I remember when my husband first decided he wanted to enlist. It was really sort of a snap decision, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t think it out. (Fun fact – it was actually the show Army Wives that put the idea into our heads to begin with.) We talked about it a lot the couple of days before he went to talk to the local recruiting office and we were more than a little¬†disappointed¬†when they said we would have to wait until February of the following year to leave for Basic Combat Training. But now my husband is finishing up his AIT training and we will be departing for our First Duty Station in a little over a month.

When we first announced to our families about his decision, we got the usual “Are you sure this is what you want?” and “Why?” asked of us many times over. Honestly, we didn’t have much of an answer to give because everything always came out sounding more like an excuse rather than a reason. Deep down we knew it was the right decision for us – and it truly has been a wonderful thing so far – but neither of us knew how to put that into words.

Looking back, it’s even more obvious that this was just something that was meant to be. We both have learned so much about ourselves, and that has helped us to become better individuals, better spouses, and better parents. I know that sounds corny and cheesy – but it’s true.

Don’t worry – the focus of this blog won’t be about life as an Army spouse. But being an Army Wife is definitely a huge part of who I am now, and I can’t ignore that. I still am the artist and craft lover that I have always been – but getting this new start in life has given me a fresh perspective on my priorities and inspirations. I hope as our years in the Army progress, that I can continue to grow as a wife and mother and teach my daughter some of what I’ve learned, as well as share my experiences with others.

-Sam