Today was the ceremony we had been waiting for. After four long years of prerequisites, applications, waiting, and interviews, finally we have an Army Officer!
It was a beautiful thing to hear Jonathan repeat the words of the Army oath, “To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic… and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” The maturity and determination that I saw in my husband’s eyes was truly amazing. I almost wanted to cry seeing the strength of all of the men and women who were around us in uniform, watching Jonathan repeat the oath so many before him have done. This oath means more than simple words. This oath, for us, means sacrifice.
It’s a bit like marital vows. We stand by each other no matter what evil, goodness or bad comes our way. It’s our contract with God. Our families and friends were there as a testament to seeing us through our marriage. The vows that we took on that day stand true and we have now taken ‘vows’ to the Army. Our lives are forever changed by this decision.
I pray that I will seek God first through all the times that I feel emotional about the changes. I pray that I will meet other women who are involved in the same manner as I am. I pray that I can understand what my husband is going through and that I show strength rather than weakness.
Here’s a few commemorative photos of the occasion.