To Love a Soldier
To love a soldier means to stand by him or her as they put on the uniform and commit to serving our country.
To love a soldier means wiping the tears away and promising to love them no matter how many miles away they must go.
To love a soldier means not understanding why things take so long or why things change so much.
To love a soldier means finding others that love soldiers and making friendships that last a lifetime.
To love a soldier means loving a man or woman in uniform, wherever their career might take them.
To love a soldier means temporarily fulfilling the role of both mom and dad and being the default parent that your children know will always be with them.
To love a soldier means having to explain to your child why their daddy had to miss another birthday.
To love a soldier means being a part of history as a spouse that stood by while their loved one fought for freedom.
To love a soldier means we have something in common with others that have loved their service member through our country’s wars as well as peacetime.
To love a soldier means that we grow stronger as the years go by because we have dealt with realities others have not.
To love a soldier puts the words from our wedding, “in sickness and in health” front and center as we try to understand and help those coming home from war.
To love a soldier means being a military spouse, supporting our spouse and being part of an incredible group of men and women who are doing the same.
I love my soldier and the life we have created together. Through living overseas, multiple deployments and the twists and turns that this military journey has given us.
Whether you love a soldier or a service member of another branch, you know what this life is like. You know how hard this life can be, but you stand by them because you love them and that is the basis for getting through anything military life throws at you.