With May being National Military Appreciation month, I thought I’d give some love to those closest to me who are willing to go above and beyond. I also want to point out how grateful I am that in this day and time, we don’t have to worry about her being “outed” and removed from military duty.

I previously posted this on my personal Facebook page toward the beginning of the month, but I wanted to give it a chance to be seen again to show how truly appreciative I am. Here you go…

We hear it all the time – “service members give up a lot to protect us,” but we don’t really understand what that means until you see it up close. 

It means trying to navigate time zone changes so you can talk on the phone to a loved one. It means getting out of bed at 4:30 in the morning for PT so you can stay in shape and doing push-ups and sit-ups at odd times to get ready for PT tests twice a year. It means having only ten days to say goodbye for a year. It means lost experiences together. It means eating what is given to you, getting up when you are told – even on the weekend, and only being able to leave your housing when given permission. It means moving to a new state or country every four to six years and starting over. It means trying to coordinate plans for a future with the person you love when you don’t know where you’ll be.

I am so grateful for those who serve me and my family and the millions of families like mine. I’m grateful (and astounded) that there are people like our daughter’s girlfriend who are willing to serve and protect. 

Thank you!! You are my hero (“a person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” You’ve got them all.)