Life Events

Posted on by Household 6 and Co.

Being a military family guarantees that you are going to miss out on important life events. How many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are spent away from your soldier and family? My husband missed our daughter’s birth as well as most of her birthdays over the years. I cannot count all the homework assignments, science projects, awards assemblies, PTA meetings, sporting events and lost teeth that I handled on my own.
We were happy when our daughter started dating a nice boy while we were stationed in Germany. Before long they were engaged and planning a wedding. I was ecstatic to help my daughter plan her wedding and was relieved when they said they were getting married over here. I was not sure I could plan a stateside wedding and pay for it and all of us to fly back for her wedding. It was also the first time that I really thought about her marrying an Air Force soldier and what it meant. I have been at every event in her life for 21 years and soon that would change.
Our daughter and son-in-law soon let us know we were going to be grandparents. How exciting! It was time to plan a baby shower for the sweet baby girl that would be joining our family. I had so much fun making the custom invites and putting the special touches on the event that would make it memorable for my daughter.
We waited and waited and waited some more for our grand-daughter’s arrival. Then the call finally came-labor had begun! I called my husband and off to the hospital we went. Do you know how long it takes to have a baby? TOO long! I was beginning to think she was all too happy to stay where she was. My husband had to go back to work for a while. He called twice to check on things. I cringed when he said, “if these soldiers make me miss the birth of my first grandchild”. Not the first or last time someone might make him miss out on an important event. He has missed so many with our kids and I sure hoped that wasn’t going to be the case today. We were both there when our grand-daughter was born!
Too often we focus on the things that we miss out on instead of those we get to experience. I am going to enjoy each and every minute I get to spend with my grand-daughter and family. This time next year will find my daughter and her family at their first stateside duty station, my youngest son will be completing Army AIT and my husband and I will be moving to our final duty station before he retires from the Army. So many important life moments to enjoy!

 

Thank You Tina, for a great article and for reminding us of what is important!

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