A Sisterhood Unlike Any Other

Sisterhoods. Most people think of fraternities in college, but I want to introduce you to another sisterhood.

This is a sisterhood that is really stands the test of time. This is a sisterhood that only a special few belong to. This is a sisterhood I love.

Military spouses across the globe make up this sisterhood. This sisterhood is made up of every nationality, of men and women, of spouses of different backgrounds.

The Yellow Ribbon Sisterhood, as my great friend, Aprille, calls it, is a sisterhood unlike any other. The bond of military spouses is something that cannot be explained though many try. It is a bond that one has to experience to understand.

Being a part of this sisterhood is my favorite part of being a military spouse. It is more than just being friends with another military spouse. Friends is really a cheap word to describe it because they are so much more than that. They are my family, and even that does not describe it well enough. They would walk through hell and back with me. There are hundreds I could call, whether I have met them or not, at a moments notice for whatever I need. I know my sisters and brothers will be there for me just like I would be there for them.

Forget college fraternities–They do not have anything on us!

So on this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, I want to give a big hug and kiss to every single one of my sisters and brothers! This life would stink without you. You deserve so much in this world. Thank you for standing by your man/lady. Treat yourself to a spa day/sports day! Love y’all!

Yellow Ribbon Sisterhood

 

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Blessings, Big and Small #8-22

This is an installment in the Blessing, Big and Small series.

Over the past couple weeks, God has blessed me beyond measure yet again! Here is how:

 

8. Mister being able to participate in half of Bethel Baptist Church’s basketball season.

9. My parents treating us to the last after-basketball Dairy Queen.

10. A new Vera Bradley hipster purse with matching wallet.

11. An off-the-hook birthday!

12. Celebrating a RISEN Saviour!

13. Dinner with family I have not seen in a while. There were lots of laughs as always.

14. Lots of giggles of Noel in her Easter dress. Mister cannot believe I bought a dress for Noel for Easter. He was mortified! Ha!

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15. 79 cent movies at Drug Mart for our first Monday movie night after basketball season.

16. Impromptu date night at a Cavs game.

17. Mister having a day off before a drill weekend.

18. Having a drill weekend that went by fast. That very rarely happens!

19. Awesome weather! I worked on a project for Noel so she can use our full yard without me being outside.

20. Noel kind of learning that it is OK to be outside without me. She freaks out less and less each time.

21. A ginormous yard. Mister and I have never had a yard this big. Living in the country is great 🙂

22. Unexpected last minute local tax refund.

 

I love counting blessings! God is good all the time!

 

How has God blessed you in the past few weeks? 

 

A Hero Who Will Never Be Forgotten

One year ago today, a great hero went home. I am sure he received a heroes welcome when he walked through those pearly gates.

SSG Jamie Jarboe was shot by a sniper on April 10, 2011 in the Zhari District of Afghanistan. Due to the penetration of the bullet, he was left a paralyzed from the chest down. After 11 long months of fighting for his life, our dear heavenly Father took this hero home. His memory lives on through his wife, two daughters and one adopted son. There is comfort in knowing Jamie is walking streets of gold with a perfect body.

In his memory, his wife, Melissa, founded the Jamie Jarboe Foundation to support our military in any way they can. The Foundation has grown tremendously over the past year and has helped many soldiers and their families.

Jamie and Melissa will always been in my heart. The fight they fought has not gone unnoticed. I admire them so much!

Have fun in Heaven, Jamie! Cannot wait to see you someday!

In loving memory of SSG Jamie Jarboe!

In loving memory of SSG Jamie Jarboe!

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Interdependence

This is a guest post I wrote for Singing Through the Rain a while back before I had a blog.

My husband and I are doing a year-long devotional book called Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. We both have learned so much through this book, and it has been a tremendous blessing to us. Week twenty-three, the author spoke of a Vietnam vet and his now-wife. After being ambushed while on patrol in Vietnam, the vet lost his vision. His girlfriend stood by his side during his recovery, and they were married. The lesson to be learned in this devotion is that we are all interdependent with our spouse. When we said “I do,” we gave up the right to independence for interdependence. When I became a military spouse, I literally gave up my independence to become an Army dependent.

To read the rest, go to Interdependence. Enjoy!

The Bigger Picture of Military Budget Cuts

Since I am a military spouse, all I’ve been hearing about lately is Panetta recommending troop pay cut right before leaving office as Defense Secretary. When I first heard this, I immediately started fuming. What in the world is he thinking?! Isn’t he supposed to be fighting for our military and their families?!

He recommended that troops salaries be limited to  a 1% increase starting in 2014. Sure he was just talking about pay increases, but those pay increases are essential for military families that struggle to pay the bills as it is.

A service member will receive BAH, BAS, “free” healthcare, along with whatever else that service member qualifies for. These “perks” are about to be taken away. If my husband were on active duty orders at the moment, that would mean over $1,000 pay cut. Could your family afford a thousand dollar pay cut?

Most military families live off post which means they don’t live in “free” government housing on post. Renters know how much BAH is, and do you think they put their rent price within BAH means? No way! A lot of renters will charge double BAH which means families are struggling even more. And let’s not forget all of the military families on government assistance because they can’t feed their family. Our military should be the last ones on government assistance.

But, but, but…K, the military budget needs to be cut.

OK-OK. Yes, the military budget needs to be cut, but there are plenty of ridiculous things in the budget that shouldn’t even be there. Don’t start with our troops pay!

Suicide and divorce rates are at an all time high, and financial stress will just make matter worse.

Think about this for a moment. My husband can’t get into any schools because of budget cuts. If our soldiers can’t get the proper training they need, what will happen? There will be thousands of under-trained soldiers which will mean thousands of lives will be lost.

The fact is we are still at war.

Have you heard about the military drawbacks? Thousands of soldiers are basically being laid-off. Stop calling it a drawback and just call it like it is: lay-offs. This means thousands of soldiers are losing all of their benefits and basic pay. Thousands will be out of a job.

Will this help our economy? Not a chance.

Along with the military lay-offs, small businesses around military installations will be losing a tremendous amount of business.

The fact is we are still at war.

There are deployments everyday. There are thousands of troops in harms way. Military budget cuts will affect force readiness.

Our military fights every day for us. Now, it’s our turn to fight for them! Don’t turn your back on military families when we need your voice the most. Your voice can help save lives. Your voice can help save marriages. Your voice matters.

I strongly encourage you to call, email, or write a letter to your Congressmen. Your voice will make a difference.

What do you think of the military budget cuts? Do you think the pay of service members should be affected?