So this week is a HUGE week in this family.
To start off, my husband, who is in the Army, just completed his 12th military deployment. 12 deployments, all ranging from 4 months to 18 months. We have lived without him for months on end and have still been here for his return every single time. I was super proud of him to complete this one, as it was tough, but I knew he was going to come home to us.
Also this week marks the 16th year my husband has been in the Army. 16 YEARS of living a life for his country and putting our great nation and his duties before anything else. 12 deployments in 16 years! How selfless he has to be to do this. But the kids and I have his back every step of the way and he knows life at home is going to be taken care of no matter how many thousands of miles he is away from us.
And today is the icing on the cake. My hubby was picked up for the E-8 board for the Army. That means he is going to be a Master Sargent and that is huge considering this is his last promotion before he retires at 20 years (in only 4 short years this week!). E-8 means he will be getting a job at work that will allow us to stay in our house, on our street, in a town we have lived in for 5 years now. This is not how our lives have worked so it's new for us to stay in one spot longer then 3 years. His new job means more responsibilities and some amazing leadership time. He is going to be the absolute best MSG the Army could ever have asked for.
Getting to this spot in his career hasn't been the easiest. He has had many hard deployments where he has been lead truck in convoys, shot at, blown up and hurt. He has had the vehicle he was riding in blown up 10 different times. He has been hurt and seen friends hurt. He has put in endless hours of work for what seemed like nothing. He has picked up and left at a moments notice because it was part of the job. He has worked for many different types of people, has helped mold soldiers into better soldiers and has worked hard to make his way through the ranks. He has worked through all this and was able to get an Associates Degree just this past January which was a huge accomplishment for him. All of this and he is getting the life he has worked so hard to achieve.
Now why am I needing this bragging moment? Because I know he doesn't see life like I do. I see the positives in any situation and make the most of what we have. I knew in my heart he would get his 8, I knew he could complete his degree in time, I knew what being married to an Army man meant when I got into this amazing relationship 13 years ago. I have seen my husband come home so worn down and beaten up that he couldn't move any more. I have heard the horror stories and don't even want to imagine some of the horrible things he has had to see. I have been here for all the bad, depressing and absolute worst parts and also for all his exciting accomplishments and wonderful news he brings home. I will always be here to encourage him at every turn and help him be the best man he can be. I am so proud of this man and who he has become in life. This right here, his life, proves that you do not have to be a bad person just because your teen years were the worst. He has come so far in life, has grown up so much, and has worked so very hard for every penny he has earned. He puts the love of country in front of almost everything and I could not be prouder. Him making his 8 is exactly what his goal was for finishing out his military career. He has pushed and pulled his way up the ranks and has really inspired many people to do the same. It's not easy but with hard work and determination like his anything is possible.
I love you Brandon Blade. I am so proud of you that I want to scream it from all the roof tops. You deserve this more then anyone I know and I can not even describe my feelings at this moment. You are my inspiration in life, my never ending story of true love, and my absolute everything. Congratulations to you on such a life changing week! I love you more then you will ever know.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Today is our last day in Australia. Our last full day to take in everything we have missed and of course to see some of the things we've seen before. I'm sure we walked 10+ miles today alone! I wanted to go to Woolloomooloo and check it out so we just set out to walk. Here's pictures (with explanations) along our way.
Even Australia has Circuses :) Wish we could have gone.
We saw the postal lady and had to stop and talk to her. She walks all these hills every day! Such a trooper. Mom really enjoyed getting to talk to her. Maybe if Mom moves to Australia she can work for the postal service there too!!!
This sign made me think of my sister Janelle. They love their Coca-Cola down under.
Ah, the "adult store" block of Sydney.
After walking a while it's only right you stop and use the toilet. This one, OMG had Mom freaking out an I was laughing so hard! You push a button and the door opens. You only have so long to do your business before the door will just automatically open up on you. I guess this is a great way to keep homeless people from sleeping in there. While your in there doing your thing in order to get toilet paper you push another button. There is no button to flush the toilet. So you wash your hands. Time was ticking away and I was worried the door was going to open up on Mom. Since she couldn't find the flush button for the toilet and knew time was coming close, she just pushed the button to open the door and the toilet flushes! Genius and oh so funny LOL
My favorite bird ever!!!
Maybe next we should go to Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok <3
This guy right here, made me smile and think of America. And the dress! I wonder if he was going to be Minnie Mouse for a costume party.
Had to run into the library
Military base area, I was even asked not to take pictures so I took a picture of the sign instead.
Navel ships on the cost near Woolloomooloo. All these next pictures are of things around and in the Ovolo Woolloomooloo. It's a hotel that I had thought about staying at. I think next time I make it to Sydney it will be a great place to stay.
The Bells Hotel across from the Ovolo Woolloomooloo.
How in the world, why in the world is the door knob in the middle of the door????
Another Ibis <3
We found the park area where people work out and play soccer. It was fun to sit down and enjoy watching these players for a while.
I'm not sure, but above the cathedral there seems to be letters. I have no idea what it makes out but I thought this was the coolest cloud picture ever!
Heading through Hyde Park to go to the other end of town. Finding some shopping areas to browse through.
Live chess game in the park. Gentlemen hung his coat in the tree just so he could play. I was impressed he had a hanger with him just for this.
I bought me a new swatch that I absolutely love!!!!
These next several pictures are of clothes in a fancy shopping mall we found. Mom was so ready to be done with all the high price and fancy stuff by the time we left Australia. Not that America is cheep, but where we live it definitely doesn't cost this much!
Some amazing street performers! There were so many things out on the streets of Sydney. Art, music so much to stop and look at/watch.
Our last dinner in Sydney was tacos. We had bought enough food when we first got back to Sydney to last us for the last couple days. It was so amazing having a room that had a kitchen so we could make our own food. That had to be the hardest part, not having food we were accustomed to the whole trip. Don't get me wrong I loved every second but some of the food, I could have lived without eating LOL
So, tomorrow morning we pack our bags and head to the airport. It's going to be a long flight back across the pond and I can't even describe how much I am going to miss being in Australia with my Mom. There just isn't anything better then spending time with her and being able to make this dream of mine (ours) come true was the most important part. Although I live so far away and only get to see her once a year (hopefully), I will always look back at my past, with the best mother anyone could ever ask for, and smile. I'll smile at the good times and bad and all the adventures we have been on. From driving from Newell, SD to Denver, CO just to buy new shoes, or flying half way around the world on the adventure of a lifetime. Mom, you will forever be my greatest friend and the person I will always turn to for advice. You are the one that I share all my news with, good and bad. You Mom, are my world and I will forever be grateful to have the best mom in the whole world as my own!
WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE AUSTRALIA <3
~Till Next Time~