Friday, September 30, 2016

When Your Husband Takes The Enlistment Oath





I, Thomas Myers, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same...





...and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed above me...






...according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.



So help me God.



When your husband takes the enlistment oath, it means he belongs to his country first. You'll be important to him, always, but when duty calls, he's gone.



When your husband takes the enlistment oath, it's tough when he deploys for months at a time. You worry about him. You know there are people out there, bad people, who would be pleased to kill a United States soldier. You worry about the kids going months without their father. Yes, they see him on the computer screen, but is it enough? Will this harm them in the future? You don't think so, but the fear is there. You know if something happened to him, yes, it would harm them. It would forever change their lives.



It would forever change yours.



When your husband takes the enlistment oath, you know he'd give his life for his country, no questions asked. He would kill for his country if it came down to it.

When your husband takes the enlistment oath, you know vacations will be few and far between. Even when one is planned, his country might call and he will no longer be able to go.




When your husband takes the enlistment oath, you'll wish you had family close for help. Sometimes you'll get lucky and live near family members but most of the time they'll be many hours away. You'll sometimes feel left out when you see photos of family get togethers online. It'll feel odd at first when you finally get to see family and everyone is so comfortable together, while you stand awkwardly. No one knows your family as well as the others because you've been overseas for three years.

When your husband takes the enlistment oath, you'll spend anniversaries, birthdays, and special occasions on your own. But you'll make the best of everything.





When your husband takes the enlistment oath, you'll be left with the kids alone a lot. There will be hard days. You'll cry. But you'll manage, because it's what military spouses do.

But when your husband takes the enlistment oath, you'll feel a sense of pride when you look at your husband. You're proud of how hard he works. And even though this life as a military spouse can be difficult:




You wouldn't have it any other way.






72 comments:

  1. Yes to the yes! I like this formatting. And being in the trenches of deployment you touched on some very present thoughts and feelings!

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  2. So powerful! My father, while never deployed, was in the military and as a kid it was very difficult, always moving, making new friends. You paint a striking picture of what everyone must feel having a family member enlist. Thank you, your husband and your family for serving this country.

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    1. Thank you! I was also a military kid. Moving around could be difficult, but I am grateful for all the places we lived in.

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  3. Beautiful.
    I can't imagine, but it's like you said - you wouldn't have it any other way. That's the man you fell in love with!

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  4. SO much respect <3 It's a family effort, not just his! Congratulations and best of luck. Thanks for your service

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  5. It takes special people like your husband to take this oath. My son is in the navy so I understand the hardships.

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  6. I cant imagine this for our family but I am glad you are proud of him and support him - as a family that is great. All the best.

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  7. This is a beautiful telling of the sacrifices made when one takes the oath and heads off with the military. Blessings to all who make this dedication.

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  8. This is beautiful post! I really enjoyed reading this. I can't imagine how it would be for my family but you get my respect to you and your husband for this dedication.

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  9. I love this!! Military members deserve more respect as they make big sacrifice of leaving the family behind. Hats off to you all and thank you for keeping us safe.

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  10. Thank you, thanking your children, and a huge thank you to your husband! Each of you sacrifice for the good of all of us! May God bless and protect him, and all our men and women in uniform and their families who miss them when they are gone from home.

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  11. Military members deserve everything!! So much respect for your husband! Beautiful post.

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  12. This is so well said. My husband was a marine aviator and as much as I didn't like deployments we wouldn't have had it any other way.

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  13. I can't even imagine what this must be like. You are all very brave though!

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  14. Thank you to you, your husband and your family for his sacrifice and his service :)

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  15. All very true. A military life is so much harder than anyone but military knows. As the kids get older it gets so much more difficult with the pcsing, they have to leave the friends they've made. It's a tough life.

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  16. Yes it is hard for children. But then it is a matter of pride too.
    I wish there was no war in this world and we were one big family!

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  17. Sharing your spouse with the military is something I don't know that I could manage. I have the utmost respect for our soldiers and their families at home. It takes a strong, independent spouse to raise a family in the military!

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  18. Thank you so much for you and your family. Military people don't get the respect they deserve. We appreciate you so much.

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  19. I love this!!! I am a child of a Air Force veteran and while it's not normal I don't regret any of my child hood at all.

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  20. I have the utmost respect for Military members. I respect them so much, and for them to keeping us safe.

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  21. Thank you for sharing your story, it must be hard to be a military spouse!

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  22. Ugh got me right in the feels, and I'm not even a military spouse. I often think, when I'm having a hard day that there are so many stronger than I am. I see military members and their families as inspiration.

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  23. This is fabulous! Thank you to your husband... and to your family! :)

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  24. Nicely writen, it's extremely heart touching. I wish you and your husband all the best

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  25. Wishing you and your family all the best! Thank you so much for your service!

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  26. <3 Thank you to your husband and your family.

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  27. Thanks for sharing your husband with the rest of the country. Thank him for his service and thanks to you both for your sacrifice. Beautiful post. --Debbie

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  28. I love this post! May God Bless your husband and keep him safe always. Such a big sacrifice.

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  29. I can't imagine the sacrifice. I'm so glad it works for your family. Thank you 😊

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  30. Thank you for your sacrifice! Lovely blog

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  31. Great post, Good on your husband for enlisting. Good luck to you both. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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  32. Wow, this got me teary-eyed. I couldn't be as strong as you. Your husband is a great man!

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  33. Thank your husband for serving in the armed forces

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  34. Thank you for your service! I often think about how difficult it must be for the family that is left behind, and I'm glad to know that you are so supportive!

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  35. There will be plenty of sacrifices, which is also why I admire military wives because they are strong women and they mostly take care of the family on their own. This post just proves how awesome you women are.

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  36. Such an inspiring post! Your husband is doing a great service for this country! I have many family members who are serving, have served, or are married to someone who is serving and I know it can be so difficult at times.

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  37. Thank you to your husband for his service! BIG Hugs to you for what you do. My husband is away crazy hrs only and I want to lose my mind but even if I do only get to see him for a few hrs a day I still get to see him everyday even if it is snoring lol.. So what you do is beyond amazing.

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  38. Amazing post! Very powerful! Thank you for your service!

    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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  39. I think I'd struggle to live this life. I'd worry so much.

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  40. Grat post! You look like a lovely family and you love each other now matter what

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  41. So sorry. This is a hard position to be in.

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  42. Its a lot of sacrifice for the family but with your support amd love for each other, it will sure guide and help you through all.

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  43. Wow this would be such a tough lifestyle. You must be a very strong family! Thanks to him for serving our country.

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  44. I definitely understand military life. My parents both served in the Army. My father is a retired Vietnam Vet. He served 23 years. My husband also served 8.5 years and he got out of the Army last year. He was injured while serving in Iraq. It's a tough life with many benefits. We actually miss Army life. It is something that never leaves you. Thank you to your husband for his great service!! And thank you to you, Amber, for serving as a military spouse!

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  45. I have never had to go through something like this. My cousin has had to go through it though and it is definitely tough. I give major props to anyone that has to do it.

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  46. Oh, I don't have a family or relatives that is in military. But I salute their dedication to the service.

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  47. So sweet, I love the dedication of you, your husband and your family!

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  48. So sweet, I love the dedication of you, your husband and your family!

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  49. This is a great post!! I am in awe of all those who do give their lives for their country!

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  50. That was such a truthful and emotional post. When your husband decides to enlist, you also make a lot of sacrifices to support their decision.

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  51. This post made me so proud of you and your husband. Your husband made the decision to serve the country and you are a strong woman to accept the responsibility of raising the children and making them understand the situation.

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  52. A lovely family and your children are gorgeous! Your daughter looks like a real little princess with this pink dress :)

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  53. This is beautifully written. I know you are proud of him.

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  54. Written so beautifully. Love this!

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  55. I can't imagine how hard it must be on all of you when he deploys. Thank you all for your service

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  56. Wonderful post! Thank you to you and your family for the sacrifices you make!

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  57. Just amazing, beautifully written. Honestly I have a huge respect for the family in army as they sacrifice a lot for the country and I understand they belong to our country first. Thanks for inspiring.

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  58. It is an incredible sacrifice that he makes and an amazing thing for you to understand his oath. I understand it so much more after reading this.

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  59. I feel you girl! When my boyfriend enlisted it crushed me when he was away. He's always coming back home to you darling!

    Best

    Katrina

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  60. My oldest son joined and I never fell on my knees so quickly to pray. Instantly his safety became so very important to me, and our lives were forever changed. I'm very happy to say he made us proud over and over again while he was enlisted, and it was a time that forever changed so many things for him. An experience to treasure.

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