June 10, 2011

Daily Thoughts from an Army Wife

I say daily because as a military spouse your husband's job is never far from your mind. Even while he is home and away from harm, there is no power suit or pair of loafers to take your mind off what his duty truly means. He still puts on his ACU's (Army Combat Uniform) and combat boots to go to work, and that red dirt from Iraq never washes out. I see it every evening on his boots as he walks in the door.

As I'm folding the laundry, I realize that there are six pairs of PT's (Physical Training Uniform) not just one like I thought. Why then have I been washing that same set of PT's every day when I could have cut my washing load down by five? And just as quickly as that thought came, I bite my tough. We have so many friends who would trade washing a hundred loads of smelly PT's just to have their husband and father home right now. Really, could I be more selfish? When in all honesty, I know that I am truly blessed to have tan ACU shirts and Army green boot socks mixed in with baby clothes and burp rags. Many other families have fathers who are missing first steps, first words, first days of school, and even first births because of a deployment.

I know our turn will come around again, and we will cross that year of separation when it gets here, but for now - even though I think about Seth's job daily - I will be thankful for the time we have as a family.

p.s. Army wives out there; love the laundry room sign? Buy one on Etsy.


  1. Thank you for your husband's service and you family's sacrifice.

  2. Thank you for your encouragement; we really do appreciate it.