From Troy, "My story starts as a girl, young and in love. I married the man of my dreams, my best friend, who happened to look very good in a uniform, and that was all I needed to know.
Within the first weeks of marriage, like many, I was thrown into a small, southern town … far from family and friends. When we heard the news that my husband would be leaving for seven months and in no more but three days, my entire world seemed as though it had ended. He was headed to Afghanistan, part of the initial troop surge that was announced over Thanksgiving dinner. I still remember how empty I felt. I wasn’t prepared, I had no idea what to expect, or who to turn to.
I chose to blog for a number of reasons. It was a personal journal. My hope was for it to not only become an outlet for my need to always put words to my many emotions, but for America to see what really goes on in the life of a military spouse. It's not normal, the stress and the worry -- and certainly not natural to be away from your partner under such circumstances. We will have missed anniversaries, birthdays, & countless holidays. So I was challenged. Sacrificing my privacy in the hopes that any vulnerability could help even one spouse feel understood, well that seemed worth it.
It was a time in my life where I knew I would be raw ... and how freeing that could be to share to the public. To allow my open book during such trial and anxiety ... it almost felt powerful amid such weakness. And you know what? People responded … my brutal honesty found a compassionate audience, and I was able to feel warranted … as if that could ease the pain of our separation.
I continued to write for a while after building such a loyal and loving following. I found through blogging a way to discover my identity as a military wife, even when he wasn’t deployed. The moves, the goodbyes. The life changes. It was a chance to connect, to inspire, to celebrate, and to mourn.
Six years later, three relocations, and one brand new baby … we now face the challenges of starting over, leaving so much of it behind. At this point, my life is far less interesting than when having a Marine at war -- but the constant excitement of chasing after our precious little girl, redefining motherhood, and post-war marriage restoration leaves me navigating through an entirely new terrain; I'm quite certain to have plenty worth writing for.
In the meantime, I always encourage to never forget. Please continue to pray for those who are keeping the fight, and the families left behind -- God bless & Semper Fidelis."