Humble and Glasses Full

Welcome! I hope you have had a wonderful Columbus Day. I spent the day at the school that I teach at, preparing for another great week with the kiddos. They don’t know it yet, but I’ll be leaving them in the middle of the school year. It truly saddens me and I cannot imagine having to tell them.

It makes me think back on my first student teaching assignment in college. I had been with the same group of second graders for about two months and had to move to another grade to get more experience. The last day with them, I teared up with big alligator tears when leaving the classroom. The kids looked at me like I was crazy; they didn’t understand that I wouldn’t be their teacher anymore and that time period of my teacher preparation was over. Time has passed and those itty bitty second graders are now in sixth grade!

Life is like that… You never realize the chapters in your life that are super important while you are going through them. I am the WORST about being a glass-half-empty person and grumbling about little things that bother me. As I’m preparing to leave my current class and leave the life that I’ve known for almost the entirety of my married life, it’s nostalgic. You never realize how important each moment, each conversation is until you don’t get that anymore.

I don’t think that you should “always” have the end in mind, but maybe it’s okay to let go of the little things. Especially because those little things are common annoyances in your day and can become the master over your emotions. It’s easier said than done, and by no means am I committing to always being a glass-half-full kind of gal. I’m just saying that a dose of reality won’t hurt you. Life is fleeting. And each moment truly does count.

I have to say goodbye to a lot of friends. Some I may never see again. Who knows what life will bring. I hope this experience teaches me to be grateful for the small things, and not so grumbly when things aren’t okay.

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The Beginning

My purpose with this blog is to share my experiences with the Army so that other military spouses can find comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone in their experiences. I am new to the experience of the military, having no direct family members in the service. I’ve researched for a very long time and haven’t come up with many blogs from military wives. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places or putting in the right key words… However, I couldn’t find a blog or some type of resource that really fits my needs. So, maybe you are new to being an Army wife or girlfriend, just like me. Or maybe you will be one day. Whatever your experience is, I hope you can find comfort in my experiences and this blog helps you.

My husband and I have been married for over three years. He has been an ICU nurse for over three years and applied to the Army CRNA program. It has been a hell of a ride, and we couldn’t be more excited that he is admitted.

If you have any questions about the program, my husband has obviously been through the process. He also applied to the Navy program several years ago. Ask away!

Being a wife of a newly military man, I have a lot to learn. While my husband is in CRNA school, I have been warned that I will be doing everything alone because of all the time he will be spending studying. I cannot imagine the hard work and commitment that he will have to put into his studying. And after he graduates, he will be an Army CRNA, owing the Army six years of service.

It is all worth it to us. I’m not sure what God has in store for our lives, but I trust that my husband is supposed to be on this path.