To Love a Soldier

Essayons BallLest I keep my complacent way, I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me…As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer, ‘Was I worth dying for?’ ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I am a very proud wife of an American Soldier.  My husband embodies the values of an American Soldier – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  He is a humble man and an extraordinarily giving man.  Given that we’ve been married for less than 5 years, you might chalk those kudos up to the “newlywed effect.”

However, I think anyone who spends a couple of hours with him could easily see that I don’t exaggerate when I speak about Andy. I’m not sure how I am so fortunate to love a Soldier like him.  I thank his mom for raising such an amazing husband for me every time I am with her.  And I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to love an American Soldier.

To love a Soldier in a time of war reminds you that each day together is a gift.

To love a Soldier makes you dread the news, but love our great nation.

To love a Soldier prompts you to appreciate the little annoyances of your coupleship – you can only be annoyed by the coffee rings he leaves when he’s home.

To love a Soldier accentuates your own sense of loyalty and duty.

To love a Soldier challenges your independence and your dependence.

To love a Soldier demands flexibility – as I say, blessed are the flexible for they do not get bent out of shape.

To love a Soldier involves loving his Soldiers and their families – that’s a lot of love flowing!

To love a Soldier awakens you to the preciousness of life each day holds.

To love a Soldier extends you to look beyond yourself – just as he does every single day.

To love a Soldier inspires me to live a life that would be worthy of another’s life.

To love a Soldier leads me to greet others with compassion…I don’t know the journey they are traveling.

To love a Soldier connects you to others you may have never experienced or appreciated.

To love a Soldier is an honor and a privilege.

While you may not have the blessed opportunity to love a Soldier or a Veteran every day, you can certainly make the conscious decision to thank one and appreciate his or her sacrifices every time you encounter one…I can tell you, it’s very rewarding to love a Soldier.



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