Hey y'all! I am Stephanie, and I blog over at Army Crafter. I am so excited to be guest posting for Elizabeth as she is gallivanting around Hawaii with her sister! I am super jealous!
I blog about being an Army wife, a puppy mom to two boxers, and the crafts that distract me from all that life brings. I hope to see you over there sometime!
I have a few confessions that I want to get off my chest, which is why I am here.
Elizabeth and I both are military spouses, so I figured I would share some thoughts I have regularly about being a MILSO with you.
So here are my confessions...
1. It hurts my heart when people think my life is just like an episode of Army Wives. I am here to tell you it is not.
|Because this is totally what me and my fellow spouses look like on a regular basis|
3. After 2 years as a MILSO, I still don't know the acronyms of the Army or most of the technical details. Every day I feel like I learn something new about the military lifestyle. This is a big reason why I started my Armucation series on my own blog.
4. I often hear, "I could never do what you do as an Army spouse." First of all, what do I say to this? Thanks? Secondly, I want people to know that we are real people and have real life problems too. We aren't some special breed. Most of us signed on to this life because it is just part of who our spouses are. Growing up, I was one of those people who said I would never EVER get involved with someone who was a police officer, fire fighter or in the military. I would say you never know who you will end up with, and sometimes you make sacrifices that you never dreamed for the ones you love. And you do it because you love them and you can't imagine your life without them. Most people are stronger than they give themselves credit for. I think anyone can be part of a military family if they were with the right person. Also for the record, I married a person who at one time was a volunteer fire fighter, is now in the Army, and who was in law enforcement when we met and wants to be a police officer after we are done with the Army. So clearly my wisdom as a child worked out for me...So you never know what you are capable of until you are in that situation. I sure didn't. But I do appreciate the sentiment all the same, I just never really know how to react to those comments.
5. I still have boxes that we haven't unpacked. I think it is the plight of the military family. Who knows if they will ever get unpacked, or if they will just wait until our next move.
|I think we need to downsize...|
7. I call all of Tom's friends by their last name. Some of them I don't even know what their first name is...
8. While being a MILSO has made me even more patriotic than I was before, I still have never shot off my own fireworks on the 4th of July. The only thing I have ever done is sparklers. I know lame. And my husband blows things up for a living...
9. I actually like living on post! I know there is a stigma out there about base living, but we have had nothing but a positive experience living within the confines of the base.
10. Which leads me to my last confession. Not every military experience is the same. Each family has their own baggage; each base and branch have their own baggage. When you stir all that up, you have a lot of different stories that can play out. Don't be afraid to ask us questions, but also be leery about making assumptions about us. We all have our own story to tell.
Thanks Stephanie! I couldn't agree more with all of these!!
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Are you a MILSO? Do you have any confessions to add?