I would like to say THANK YOU to a wonderful friend, Maria Elena! Maria is a dear blogging friend, a fellow Army wife, and my blogging mentor! Not only has Maria been an inspiration to me about blogging, but she also has been an inspiration to me when it comes to my husband’s deployment. Maria featured Recreate and Decorate on her beautiful home decor blog, Our Home Away from Home. Please check it out, she did a wonderful write up on me! And sent me much needed traffic!!! Maria has shown me so much guidance and I want to Thank her for all of her help!
Maria is a retired ARMY wife, but once an Army wife, always an army wife! As soon as she read the words “my husband will be deployed” she immediately made contact with me. She has so much wisdom and experience with deployments, she knew exactly what I needed to hear! She knew the feeling in the pit of my stomach, she knew the anxiety that almost takes my breath away, and she understands my fear for my husband’s safety! She understands it all! Thank You Maria and I pray that God Blesses you!
We are pretty new to Florida, we decided that we are going to stay in the area for as long as possible (10 yrs- fingers crossed) if my husband retires after 20 years, therefore we chose to buy a home in an area that is not as transitional as a military community. We wanted to be in a community that Hayley and Gabby will be able to graduate from High School with the same group of friends. We chose a very lovely community and I love the area, however connecting with people, has been a huge challenge! We have met only a few military families that live in our community. Most families that live here are the “originals”, meaning they bought their home here 12 years ago when this community was being built. They have a circle of friends already and we all know that it just takes TIME for a newcomer to enter those circle of friends! This has really opened my eyes as to how much we do rely on the Army community, and how much my Army sisters mean to me! Sometimes I laugh and say ” I think we must have 2 heads or something” because most people here just don’t understand me or my military life. Please don’t get me wrong, I have met some wonderful people and have made friends with some really great women, who I am trying very hard to teach Army life 101 to, and I think they are ”getting it”, maybe, at least one is, maybe two! I am very grateful for their friendship and I know I can count on them to help me out! But it just is not the same. I do not think I can even describe it. Army friends just KNOW how I feel, they just FEEL what I feel, and the connection is very real. I will forever be grateful to those special friends that I have met along the way!!
I am very grateful for Maria, she has a way of calming my fears, even if it is just through emails! I am so grateful for her blog, that is what connected us to begin with! I am so used to continuing my Army friendships online because one of us ALWAYS moves away that blogging and connecting with wonderful people through my blog is not strange to me!
Once again THANK YOU Maria for your support! That’s what friends are for!!