Our First official Military Function: MSU's ROTC Military Ball

Time Sacrificed for the Ones you Love

I hear almost everyday "I don't know how you do it. You must be a strong woman to be without your husband like this." All I can say is, "it really isn't as difficult as you might think, It is just the life I live." The truth is most of my relationship with my husband has been long distance. A few months after we started dating he moved to Springfield Missouri to attend college and Missouri State University. During his first semester he had a classmate who was a proud member of the ROTC program. My husband, looking for a future, became interested in the military training program and began doing PT a few times a week with the soldiers. At first it was about fitness and friends but soon it became more than that. The first time he asked my opinion about his future with in the military I was very scared, it is hard to have a positive opinion on something you know so little about. He continued discussing it with me and his family and soon I saw that he really enjoyed what the ROTC was offering him, so I simply told him that if this is what he wanted, I would do my best to support his decision. 2 years later my husband graduated from MSU and comissioned as a 2LT in the Missouri Army National Guard. A few months later, he was sent to his MOS (job) training in Georgia and South Carolina leaving me in a new city without my husband. It was tough being away from him for long periods of time but it made it was so wonderful when we finally were reunited. A few weeks before our 1 year anniversary, I flew to South Carolina and spent a week with him traveling the state, taking historical tours and really enjoying our time together knowing sadly the week would end and I would return home, alone.
After he returned from his training we were inseperable for 5 months and even moved to a new town in South East Missouri. He was deployed in March 2010 to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. He will be returning home in March 2011. During this deployment he was allowed a 2 week leave to come home and be with his family. Those 2 weeks were the best 2 weeks we could have wished for. We spent 5 days in our home town of Lake Ozark visiting friends and family and had family from Texas visit us in our new home town, Poplar Bluff. It is true that, in our relationship, we have spent far more time apart than we have together but I believe it makes the times we are together more special. We never take that time with eachother for granted and when we are apart we look forward to the time we will be together again.
This holiday season was difficult without the love of my life but it was very humbling with the thought that in order for our loved ones to sit at the Christmas dinner table with smiles on their faces living in this wonderful country, men and women all over the country for many generations have given up time with thier loved ones just as I am now. Seeing the sacrifices many people have made, open my eyes to the bigger picture. We are apart of something bigger and better than anything we can imagine and our small sacrifice now is a part of a much bigger picture that my children and grand children can look back on and be proud.

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