I debated pressing publish yesterday for a post I wrote for SpouseBuzz. But after some encouragement from some amazing friends I’ve never met (thank you, Twitter!), I pressed “publish” and hoped for the best. I’ve been nervous before posting things before, but not like this. I’ve been working on this piece for several weeks and even had my husband read draft after draft, helping me find my words. To be honest, I still want to go in there and tweak it more…
The subject is personal to me, and sharing something like that for everyone to see is like showing someone your underwear drawer. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing bad about it, but I was incredibly insecure about how others would view my/our decision.
I grew up very independent and while I’ve never had anything against stay-at-home wives or moms, I just never thought I would be one…or want to be one. I’m so thankful my husband and my family supports my work decisions, especially since I’ve learned (details are still sketchy) that when we move to Europe, spouses are only allowed to work on base or volunteer. No more freelancing or bringing in outside income unless it’s from a government job on base (like I said…I don’t know all the facts, that’s just what I’ve heard around the grapevine).
I want to thank you, the friends I’ve never met, for continuing to be an amazing support throughout this journey—that includes my non-military friends. Being a military wife and living this lifestyle is still so new to me, but I love knowing I have your support. And to my non-military friends (I hate the word “civilian,” by the way): I want to thank you for your continued encouragement. I haven’t met many of you, but I feel like I know you from Twitter and reading your blogs. I love that even when I write military-related posts you still read and comment. I love that you’re interested in it. You guys rock. Seriously.
Anyway, go read the post I wrote, and if you have a different view, by all means, share it. I know several of you reading this are military spouses who work and I seriously applaud you. This post went into an entirely different direction than I was intending, so I’ll end it now before I get even more mushy. Love y’all!