I am really excited to be able to blog at Loving a Soldier! I am new to blogging so please bare with me as I find my path as well as my voice.
I have spent a lot of time reading through the posts and getting to know some of you so I wanted to start by introducing myself. I am technically not an army wife, not yet anyways. I am getting married the first of August to the love of my life and I am so excited!! I basically spend my days at work and the evenings doing wedding stuff so I am even more excited for the vacation after the wedding with my husband, is that bad? I graduated in May with my masters in architecture from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). I am really blessed to be working at an amazing firm in Kansas City and to be a part of a great project.
Joe and I have been dating for 6 years. We met at church when we were both in high school. He is currently in the Army ROTC program with only one year left of school! I know it sounds really silly but I am really excited to finally not have to live my ife in semesters and revolve everything around a school schedule.
Joe joined the ROTC program about two years ago. We were both already in college pursuing a degree (Joe is going to school for elementary education) when the economy really took a hit. Very few students graduating with a degree in architecture were getting jobs and schools were being forced to make huge budget cuts and had to let a number of teachers go. Needless to say, Joe and I were very concerned about our future and what was going to happen when it was our turn to walk down the hill and graduate.
Joe has wanted to join the military for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty sure the reason he didn’t join right out of high school was because of me, although he will never admit it, so I wasn’t really surprised when he came to me and told me he wanted to join ROTC. He told me that he didn’t want to live his life without me so this was a decision that we had to make together. This was his way to attempt to secure a future for our family. I knew right away that I couldn’t keep him from his dream and from his passion so I told him I would support him and stand by his side through the crazy journey (a journey which I know nothing about).
I tend to deal with difficult situations by gaining as much information about the topic as possible. For whatever reason it makes me feel as if I have more control over the situation even if I know that’s not the case. That’s how I came about Army Wife Network. I found the podcast on ITunes and started to listen right away. I may be new to this army wife life but AWN has already taught me so much! The most important thing I have learned from AWN is that the army life is not something you simply have to deal with, but it is something I can embrace, make my own, and learn things from that a lot of people would never have the opportunity to learn and I’m excited to share my journey as I do just that!
I hope everybody has a great week,