Friday, April 4, 2014

Month of the Military Child

April is the month of the military child.

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.

Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD

Horseback riding through the Arizona desert

Train ride in Nevada

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.

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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.

April is the Month of the Military Child
Charlotte meeting Daddy for the first time.  He got to come home from Afghanistan for ten days when she was born because she had to be taken early.

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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.


Shannon said...

You are going to make me cry!!

I love your perspective. :)

Chelsea Phelps said...

This is one of the coolest things I have read in a long time :) And that picture of Trenton running to his Dad in uniform...I got goosebumps!


Rachel Ross said...

Oh my gosh, those homecoming pictures! Love, love your perspective!

Hana R said...

Such sweet photos, and I love the outlook you have on the opportunities your kids get!

Sarah @ The Not Quite Military Wife said...

So beautifully written, I loved this!

Jessie said...

I, myself, am a military brat and I absolutely LOVE that fact! However, I have the upmost respect for you mamas that are without a husband for months at a time. You are amazingly strong!

Munchkins and the Military said...

I'm such a suck for homecoming pictures! I also love all of the unique opportunities that our children get that many don't. My littlest is going to be born in Hawaii, which I think is pretty neat, and my girls get to experience stuff all the time that kids their age would never get to.

Mrs.B said...

Those pictures are all so sweet!

Jenn said...

LOVE those homecoming pictures (tears!) and agree with you completely- as military children, they get to experience so much more than I ever did as a child! Good and bad can come with that, but I think they are so adaptable that the good just shines through!

Karen said...

Such great pictures! Homecomings produce some of the most wonderful feelings in the world. Just so much love. :)

Amanda said...

Love those pictures! SO cute.. and what you said about your military children is so true.

Stopping back by your blog from the link-up!

Ginna Van Zandt said...

I, too, had a baby while Daddy was in Afghanistan -- not the most fun thing, but definitely survivable! I also, like you, would tear up when my sweet girl hugged Daddy's picture and when we watched the USO readings over and over while he was away. So sweet, yet gut-wrenching for me! Take care!

wanderlynn said...

Oh my, the picture of your daughter meeting his daddy for the first time? Takes my breath away. My husband made it home for our first son's birth by about 14 hours, then had to head back out at 9 days. How wonderful that your husband was able to come home from Afghanistan to meet her!

I love the photos of your son running to your husband, too. What a great moment to capture!