All too often I get caught up sharing things that are a struggle in military life. When I’m writing the post I think of it as creating solidarity and shared experiences with others who might have similar frustrations. But when sharing the struggles happens too often, it can start to paint a pretty bleak picture. And at the end of the day, life as a military spouse has given me so much to be grateful for.
Since Thanksgiving is this week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share the things I am thankful for as a military spouse. When I’m having a “bad Army day” these are the things I remind myself of to put the difficulties in perspective.
In our short time at Fort Hood I have met some really great people. There is a sense of community and shared experiences that are hard to find elsewhere. It’s so much easier to be the “new kid” when you know everyone else around has experienced the new kid feeling a time or ten as well.
The online military and military family community is also incredible. I’ve met some really great people, and even strangers have gone out of their way to offer words of support when I’ve shared online that I was going thorough a rough patch.
Are there flaws in the system? Sure. But I am so thankful that I don’t have to hesitate taking myself or my son to the doctor.
I used to be so scared to get the results back from my annual doctor appointment because, in the past, I had abnormal results that required additional testing. Twice. Luckily it was nothing, but I paid almost $1000 out of pocket each time (with insurance) to find that out. Now I don’t worry about the price tag that will accompany any procedures and tests the doctors think are necessary.
We moved to Fort Hood in such a hurry with only about a weeks warning. To find a house or apartment to rent would have been incredibly difficult in that amount of time, not to mention expensive with deposits for rent, water, power, etc.
I am so thankful that Fort Hood Family Housing had a house available for us the day after Charlie reported to Fort Hood. Water and power were already on. And best of all, any maintenance we need isn’t our responsibility! Help us just a phone call away which is a huge benefit.
If you read my previous post about Oliver going to daycare, you know I had mixed feelings about it. I still wish I got to spend more time with him, but being able to take Oliver to daycare has been such a huge blessing for our family. Not only have I been able to keep my job, but I also get a little bit of much needed “me-time.”
Military life isn’t without its challenges, but every time I turn around I am reminded that there is so very much more to be thankful for!
What aspect of military life are you most thankful for?