I guess it’s really a love story…When I decided to write a short post today to thank my husband for being such a brave man who served for twenty-five years in the US Navy, I was sort of stumped. It shouldn’t be hard to pull up a few words for this…but it is so very difficult. The reason it is difficult is because those years of service is such a huge part of why I fell in love with him.
It takes a real man to come into a woman’s life like he did mine. I was widowed and raising two children by myself. I had fought hard to get to where I was in my life at that time ten years ago. I had graduated from college a few months earlier when we met and was working temporary jobs and looking for something full time. I had decided to buy a retail store located in a state several hundred miles from where I was living. My plans were to relocate my children, myself and my Mother who lived next door to me. Those were some really big plans for someone like me.
He walked into my front door, reached down and picked up a cat and threw it out the door, looked up at me and said “you did want that cat to go out didn’t you?” I was a little stunned but it was ok with me, I’m pretty flexible about things. We spent that day together and finished the day up with picking my son up from school and driving to a nearby lake. The beginning of a whirlwind part of our lives. I often admired him for his crisply pressed shirts, which sounds a little silly. That just showed me he could take care of himself very well and I’m certain a lot of you will understand that to be a great characteristic. I had been caring for way too many lives and a mountain of work by myself. I was ready for someone with some broad shoulders, but I really didn’t know it.
We were both very strong willed individuals and had a lot of work to do before we found some neutral ground to work with. Thus the name of my blog…Thoughtfully Blended Hearts. To make a short story even shorter we brought together two lives, four children, a couple of homes and lots of other things together. We’ve fought each other, defended each other and ultimately found our own path “together”. By the way, he talked me out of moving and buying a retail business!!!
Today I want to thank this man for being the hero he is to me and to everyone else whose lives he has touched. I want to thank him for his enduring love and patience for me. When I stop in to the place where he works I’m always greeted by people who are grateful for his expertise and empathy. That makes me so proud to be his wife, the wife of a man who dedicated so many years of his life to defending his country and now spends his days caring and respecting the veterans of our area. His heart is truly enveloped in love for his country and the veterans of our country.
A veterans post wouldn’t be complete without Mom and Daddy…who were both veterans, you can read about them here.