When I saw this link up for military wives, I knew I wanted to take part. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about the military lifestyle and posts like these sometimes help clear them up. I honestly don't talk about the Marine Corps very often but it's obviously a huge part of our lives.
So, first let me introduce myself:
I'm Tami! I've been married to Jesse, my Marine, for 12.5 years. We were high school sweethearts and married young.
We waited 9 years to have our first daughter, Emerson, who will be three next month.In January we had our second daughter, Adelyn.
I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Elementary Education and I taught for 4 years before becoming a Training and Curriculum Specialist. I left that job when we moved overseas and I have since become a stay at home mom.
I love Jesus, fitness, home decorating, coffee, sewing, and dressing my little girls. I used to be an avid reader but I honestly don't read as much as I used to. With two kids under three, my hobbies kind of get pushed to the side sometimes. :)
Our military story:
Jesse joined the Marine Corps in 2001, when I was a sophomore in college. Yes we are old!! :) When he came back from bootcamp, he proposed and I said yes. We were married in October of that year and assigned our first duty station: Jacksonville, NC. I had to wait until December when I finished my semester and then I moved across the country to be with my husband. I remember feeling so many emotions moving so far away. I knew nothing about the Marine Corps life and it was hard leaving my family and friends and transferring to a new college.
We ended up spending 8 years in North Carolina. During that time we bought two homes (and sold one,) went through two deployments, and I graduated from college and grad school. North Carolina really became home for us!
In 2010 my husband was selected for Marine Security Guard (embassy duty) and we were sent to Burundi, Africa for our first post. Living in Africa was one of the hardest and neatest things I have ever experienced.
After Burundi, we spent 20 months in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Towards the end of MSG duty I was so ready to be back in the United States. I was so thankful for the experience but I definitely missed the USA. If you want to read more about all of the places we have lived, go here. I think the best part of MSG duty was all of the amazing places that we got to see. We traveled to South Africa, India, Germany, Austria, and Dubai.
We hoped and prayed that we would be sent back to North Carolina. We have a home there and quite a few of our friends are still there as well. But God and the Marine Corps had different plans for us and we were sent to Southern California. We've been in San Diego for just over a year now. I love the weather and that there is so much to do. I don't love the traffic or the fact that everything is so crammed together. The cost of living is also pretty crazy but we have found a place that works for us, so I can't really complain. We'll probably be in So Cal for at least another 2 years so we are hoping to see and do as much as we can while we are here.
This past July, Jesse was deployed to Afghanistan. Two weeks later I received the scariest phone call ever and learned that Jesse had broken his leg and was being medically evacuated. It has been a long road since then. Unfortunately he's having his third surgery next week so that part of our story is definitely not over.
Despite some of the hardships we have faced, I absolutely love the military life. To be honest, it's all I've ever know as a wife. It is hard being far away from family and saying good-bye to your husband, but it is also on honor to be part of the Marine Corps family. There is a special kind of pride that comes with being a military wife! I have been able to experience things that I would have never otherwise experienced and made lifelong friendships. I hate deployments and I dread our next one, but I wouldn't trade our military experience for anything. I honestly can't imagine life outside of the Marine Corps.
I also have to say that military wives are a breed of their own. I have met some of the strongest, smartest, and bravest women I have ever known. They are resilient and resourceful and they often serve as mommy and daddy while also keeping the household up and running. It's definitely not easy but it's so worth it.