Written by Stacey Currie
Military Spouse Guest Writer
Our military love story began about 4 years ago. We were 2 people from 2 different worlds. Through the power of the internet (and an online dating app!) we were brought together for a meal that ultimately changed the course of my life. We met up for dinner and completely hit if off. We sat and talked for hours and hours that night.
After dating for a few months, I knew he was the one. We flew home together so I could meet his family up north. Shortly after, he asked me to marry him. Of course, I said YES! For months and months we grew increasingly impatient to start our life together. Then finally, I just picked up and relocated Pope Army Airfield, NC and we got hitched.
Adjusting to married life came naturally. Adjusting to military life was a different story. One of the biggest struggles was getting used to the fact that my husband’s work schedule was ALWAYS subject to change. I can’t tell you how many times we had to cancel plans for last minute work details. Now, after being a military spouse for 4.5 years, I have realized that it happens, and it is okay.
A Time Of Firsts
Within the first 8 months of marriage, we purchased our first home. Soon after, around Christmas, we found out that we were expecting our first child. 10 weeks later he left on his first deployment.
During his deployment, I came to understand the importance of having a support system of military spouses and spouses groups. Being a military spouse calls for a lot of independence and sometimes you just need a shoulder or a friend to call. We are all away from our families and friends. While we are away from them we lean on each other. Being involved and volunteering with spouse groups can help boost morale and allow for more activities. I have met so many wonderful people and learned so many life lessons.
Baby Makes Three
With only 2 weeks to spare, my husband luckily made it back for the birth of our baby girl! What a blessing she has been to our family. The birth of our daughter has made us better as a couple. Parenthood and post-deployment at the same time, that was a challenge. There was a big adjustment period as we learned how to be together again, as new parents. We knew that the only way to make it through was by keeping the lines of communication open on both ends, at all times. Communication between you and your spouse is essential. Military life is very busy and things can change at the drop of a hat, but keeping the line of communication open between both spouses allows for many positive outcomes.
The Future Looks Bright
It has definitely been a journey and an awesome one at that. We have grown so much and continue growing every day. To set a good example for our daughter, we both made the choice to further our education and are currently pursuing our degrees.
Our story is only just beginning. There is another deployment in our near future, but I know it’s just another chapter in our lives. I can’t wait to see where the Air Force takes my husband and our family next!
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