I'm a real military wife.

I know I am a few days late... but I wanted to link up anyway to the Real Military Wives of Blogland link up over at Mal Smiles and The Samantha Show.  Lord knows I'm always looking for REAL blogs that I can relate to.

If you are new around these parts, my name is Amanda.  I am a 24 year old mom to my 3 month old [today!] Grace, and 4 year old Piston [fur-child].  I'm also Rob's wife.  Rob is in the Army.  Thus I can also call myself a military wife.

Rob and I met in high school.  He moved to my high school our senior year.  We had college algebra together.  Towards the end of our senior year, we became really close friends before Rob dropped the whole "I enlisted" bomb.  He went off to basic, and I went to the local community college.  Once he graduated, our letter-writing friendship blossomed into something more.  By the time he came home for his 2 weeks off over the holidays we were ready to make our relationship official.  And so we became an 'us' on December 20th 2008.

We dated long distance while he lived in Maryland and I finished my degree.  In March of 2010 he asked me to marry him.. and just a few days later we went down to the courthouse in Annapolis, Maryland and made it officially official.  After I graduated I moved out to Maryland to live with him while he was stationed at Fort Meade.

Which is where we lived when we brought home our fur-child, Piston.  After living their for a year together, Rob got orders to deploy to Kuwait and so I moved back to Kansas to live near family and friends.  And just one year later we were on the move again... to Georgia.  Our current home is right outside Fort Gordon.  We have been here for almost 2 years [in August!] and this is where we brought home our baby, Grace, in January of this year.  Later this year we will embark on another adventure as Rob was just selected to become a warrant officer.

Being a military wife means a lot of things to me.  First and foremost, I am a WIFE to my husband.  I am his partner through life and all that comes with it.  Each step of the way we go together.  Being a military wife adds an extra element as I go where he goes and generally fall behind Uncle Sam in order of importance.  While sometimes that is especially frustrating... nothing compares to the pride I have for my husband and his career.  Not everyone can say that their career is truly life changing and meaningful.  But our men and women of the Armed forces truly do something so few are capable of.  To be married to one of those individuals is indescribable.

With that being said, I am my own person.  I am not defined by my husbands career.  We make the majority of our life decisions around the Army, but we do it together.  I am not just an Army wife.  I am also Grace's mom, a graphic designer, a book worm, and so many other things.  Being an Army wife is just one aspect of my life.. while huge, it isn't the only part!  And that my friends.. is what the rest of the world NEEDS to know!
Mal Smiles

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  1. I loved reading this! Such a great post!

  2. I also agree that serving in the military is one of the most life changing things I've ever done, and now as a a military spouse, it's neat to see the other side of it!

  3. Love this post! Your pictures are darling too!

  4. Those pictures are amazing!

  5. Awesome post, and thanks for stopping by from the linkup! Hope you come back :)

  6. Awesome girl :) LOVE that we have kiddos with the same name :) See you in Ft. Gordon soon! We will be living off base too :)