Adam and I met in college back in 2001. I remember he’d wear his ROTC uniform every Tuesday. I just thought he looked hot. I didn’t really think much of it when we were dating and got engaged. I knew he was headed straight to the Navy as an officer right after graduation/our wedding but I HAD NO IDEA what that actually meant (do any of us?). We’ve been married now 14 years and along the way, I’ve learned a TON about being a military spouse I otherwise would be clueless about. SO I put together a fun list I wish I’d known 14 years ago (it’s meant to be funny so don’t take it too seriously — marrying Adam was the best decision I’ve ever made outside of letting Jesus take control of my life).
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30 Things They Don’t Tell You As A Military Spouse
- You’ll spend more holidays apart than together.
- You’ll get 2 weeks notice to move 8 states away.
- You’ll miss weddings and babies being born back home.
- Your kids won’t have a “hometown.”
- Your kids will attend 8 schools before graduating high school.
- You’ll learn to handle home/car repairs on your own LIKE A BOSS.
- You’ll repeat your medical history 3,000 times.
- You’ll never visit a specialist without a referral.
- You’ll memorize roads in your new city and then BAM you’ll move again making you DEEPLY appreciate your phone’s GPS.
- You’ll learn why base/post homes remind you of a psyche ward.
- You’ll learn to hate the color white (see above).
- You’ll only buy furniture that can move easily and fit into any space.
- You’ll empathize with single parents a WHOLE lot more.
- You’ll either have a baby, buy a home, adopt a child (I did in CHINA) or buy a car without him.
- You’ll learn to solve 6 months worth of problems in 2 weeks prepping for a deployment.
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