April is the month of the military child.
Photo by Lindsey Dutra Photography
When I asked Trenton and Charlotte what they thought about being military children, they both said that they liked going on the aircraft carrier and moving to new places.
But there’s a lot more to being a military child than that.
My military children will have many opportunities to see things they might not have seen otherwise. Trenton, at the age of 5, has already been to 14 states, and Charlotte, at the age of 4, has been to 12. Evelyn will start her list this summer! I didn’t travel outside of Texas until I was in the fourth grade.
My military children are adaptable. They have already had to say goodbye to many friends, but have learned to make new friends quickly. And they love staying in touch with their friends who have moved all over the world too.
My military children are strong. They have had to bid Daddy farewell many times. We’ve pushed through deployments counting down the days until Daddy comes home. I would tear up watching the kids kiss Jarrod’s picture or watching him read to them on the TV though the USO’s United Through Reading program. They missed their daddy something fierce, but nothing beats seeing them reunited.
U.S.S. George H. W. Bush homecoming after a 7 month deployment. Photos by Simple Soul Photography.
One day we’ll settle down in our forever home in our forever town. But until then, our military children are learning valuable lessons from their out of the norm lifestyle. We hope that the lessons and experiences they have already gained and will gain from being military children will stick with them many years down the road.