Thankful for My Military Family

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My name is Malaine and I proudly served in the United States Air Force for six years. When I began, I wasn’t married and didn’t have children.

I served my six years and probably would have been a “lifer” if I had not met my husband Kevin, who is in the United States Marine Corps. I chose to get out of the military because it was too hard for us to get stationed together since the Marine Corps is mostly on the coasts. I have been married to this wonderful man for almost 10 years. He has given his life to the Marine Corps for 14 years —- he will probably stay in until the Corps kicks him out!

We have three beautiful children: Taylor, 7, and my 5-year-old twins Hunter and Riley. Our children look up to their daddy because of who he is and what he does. To see him in his uniform you can see the pride and joy in their eyes. They feel that since of comfort not only because he is their daddy, but because he is a Marine.

Although Kevin has not yet deployed, we know that his time is coming. Each day that he comes home from work, the thought is always in the back of my mind, “Is this going to be the day that he tells me he has to deploy?” When that day does come, what are we going to tell the kids? They go to a school on the military base and they understand the concept that we move around a lot —- but they don't really understand why little Jane's daddy had to go away, or why little Billy's mommy came home. They ask me, "Mommy, why did Billy's mommy have to go way and why didn't Billy get to go with her?" How do you explain that to five and seven-year-olds?

Every single day when my husband comes home from work, I am so thankful that he walked through the front door safe and sound. Because of the nature of my husband's job, there is always that risk that he could get hurt or killed on any given day. I know that in the back of his mind he is worried about us as well. Like I said with the nature of his job, he never knows who is going to follow him home or knock on the door when I am alone here with the children. Kevin has shown me a few military moves so I could protect myself if need be and I also remember my training when I served in the military as well.

Right know our children love to move around. They love making new friends and I love it too because I'd get bored in one spot if we are there for more than three years. I feel that when they get older, they will not like it as much because they are going to get attached to friends. But as they get older, I think it will be a lot easier to explain to them that this is what the military is about. Going where you are needed to provide the freedom that allows us to do what we do on a daily basis.

To keep my mind off of the war and the everyday worries of the safety of my husband, I opened Sassy Britches Creations. This takes up alot of my time. I design military themed merchandise and more that you will not find in any department or retail store. I also have my own home business as well that provides safer, healthier, environmentally safe consumable products for the home. By doing this, it allows me to be at home with my children, and to be able to take them to school, pick them up and participate in their extra-curricular activities. I have always worked since the day they were born, but daycare is just too expensive, and I missed out on a lot when they were babies. This helps with my husband's work schedule as well because I am here if the children get sick, I am here for them if and when Kevin deploys.

I salute all of the military members and their families. It is not an easy career choice. But you do have a since of pride to know that your loved one is a part of the greatest military force ever providing freedom to all Americas. So my hat's off to you! May God bless you and your families and keep you safe! Keep the military members in your hearts and in your prayers until they all come home safe and sound!


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