Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veteran's Day Pride

My husband and I both come from military families.  Grandfathers, parents, uncles, siblings and so many other family members and very dear friends of ours have served our country. Many in war. Matt's grandfather, in particular, was a P.O.W.  We named our middle son after him.  For these reasons, we have always been a patriotic family.

Matt had always wanted to join the military.  But falling in love and getting married and having babies kept getting in the way.  Two years ago he finally followed after his dream and joined the Vermont Air National Guard.  It's not hard core but his knowledge as an engineer is helping the VTANG base become more energy efficient.  I'm pretty big on being Eco-Friendly so I'm super proud of that.  He looks forward to using what he is learning to help underdeveloped countries one day as well.

 We are just getting started as a military family.  Matt just returned from being gone six weeks while he attended the Academy of Military Science to become an Officer.  (Again with the proudness!)  That six weeks was the longest most difficult time in my life and just typing that makes me feel selfish.  So many of our military families suffer from loneliness and worry as their military family member serves in dangerous situations at war.  How could I complain about six weeks?  Yet I did. Oh boy...I did.

One day Matt will be called away for a longer period of time.  For a more serious situation.  Then I will know the true meaning of sacrifice.  But for now, I am proud to stand along side him as his wife.  Willing to let him go so that others may live.  Willing to be lonely so that others may be free.  Willing to worry so others can breathe a sigh of relief for the first time in their lives.  I'm willing.  He's willing.  And that it what makes us a military family.  That is what makes me proud to be the wife of Second Lieutenant Mathew Lehman.

A very blessed Veteran's Day to all who have served and are currently serving to make this country what is. To make me who I am. For being you.

A big thank you to Melissa of Peanut Butter in my Hair for including us in her collage of military families and for her lovely post about Veteran's Day. I do not feel like I deserve to be mentioned after such wonderful words about our military heroes.


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