Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ten Reasons I'm Thankful for our Military Lifestyle

We have been through a lot of ups and downs this year. Some of these ups and downs have been related to the military and the lifestyle we live as a result. I've been working hard lately to focus on the positives and wanted to put some of this into text for others that might be struggling with the lifestyle.

There are times when the military lifestyle can seem like too much to handle. There are other times when the lifestyle presents us with opportunities that we wouldn't have experienced without it. It's not always easy to focus on the positive, but I want to encourage you to make your own list like this one!

1. It allowed me to meet my husband. (Seriously - he wouldn't have been in Charleston if it wasn't for the military.)

2. We have gotten to see the country more than once. (This summer was our second cross country move together.)

3. We have met some incredible people in the military community and outside of the military community.

4. I know exactly how strong our relationship can be due to deployments and other military moments. (Trust and communication are definitely high priorities in our marriage.)

5. Our lifestyle (and our frugal nature) is allowing me to be home with our baby when he's first born. (We both believe that those first years are pretty crucial ones.)

6. We were able to use a VA loan to purchase our first home together. (Buying a home wasn't the original plan when we found out we'd be PCSing to Michigan but it's one that we're happy we made.)

7. The military lifestyle has taught us what's important in life. (Hint: It's not money!)

8. We've gotten to experience life in many different climates which is pretty cool. (I had no idea how beautiful fall could really be...)

9. Although it can create extra obstacles, our insurance has treated us pretty well in terms of keeping medical costs low. (It's nice knowing that the birth of our baby won't cost us a small fortune.)

10. The military is a part of who we are and how we met, so it'll always be something important to our relationship.

I'd love to hear what you're thankful for in your life! How has the military made a positive impact on your life and relationship?

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