This weekend I had the privilege of being in the company of some phenomenal women. Don't get me wrong, I know so many incredible women. From the home school moms that pour their hearts, time and energy into the training of their children, to the working moms that keep the fine balance of work and home, and so many more in between that inspire me as a woman.
But these ladies have a special something. We used to be a part of their world. I couldn't see it then, their worth and importance in our society (mostly because I was one of them and didn't consider myself special). Even as I sit here and think of who they are and what they do, my heart becomes full of gratefulness and admiration.
They are the military wives across our country.
I'm sure people think very little of the sacrifices these amazing women make. How could they? It's almost like labor. You don't know what it feels like until you've been there and done that. Maybe it's because I've been there and done that, that I am filled with such admiration for them. Maybe it's just because they are deserving of our appreciation just by doing what they do.
I stepped into a world I had long forgotten. Very dear to my heart, but no longer mine. Being in a military community has a feel of it's own. It's obvious the work that is being done and you know the sacrifices that are being made and have been made on our behalf. You can't help but recognize you are the outsider looking in. As I listened to these women talk about the difficulties involved in comforting their children when missing their daddy's, the daily struggles to maintain the home front and all the while, dreaming of being with their husband's again, I was so moved by their remarkable strength.
These are brave, strong and fearless women that love soldiers. I am encouraged by their example of support for their husband's career (in the face of danger), love and care for their families (even when it's not easy) and their strength to keep each other going (even though they barely know each other). Even though they don't go to the battlefields and take up arms, what they do is extremely important. I can hear them saying "oh I wish I could go back to the day's when doing the laundry was the biggest obstacle of the day" during a deployment.
God bless our American soldiers and God bless the military wives! Thank you for all you do!