December 7, 2011 was the 70th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor and marked the day as one that would "Go Down in Infamy". Here in Honolulu, a memorial parade was held and I was lucky enough to
accidentally drive through the barrier cones stumble upon it by questioning what the heck was going on. Sheer nosiness, really.
As spectactors clapped, saluted, and shook the hands of Veterans, I realized how incredibly proud I am of MY Veteran and how I don't honor him enough. Truly. Sure, I have things to vent about the Military like when it comes to aspects like not being able to make permanent plans, but that's because I don't like to answer to people. The Government, especially! What do you MEAN this Boyscout popcorn expired 2 days ago? Well I'm going to eat it anyway. Ha! But in all seriousness, I'm proud to me an "Army Wife"...well, MY version of it, whatever that may be. Talking to a friend who's husband is considering joining, I laid out a bit of advice that I truly hadn't given much thought to, or had at least chosen not to think about: there are many benefits with the military, but equally as many sacrifices. As I was referencing her and their family decisions, I was humbled to shine this light on Marshall. HE is the one who goes to work bright and early (and I mean EARLY!) every morning, HE is the one who deploys, HE is the one with the weight of his job's responsibilities on his shoulders, not me! It's not easy being family of a service member, that's for sure, but the credit is due to the men and women who perform for their country. While I blog about support and building a group of industry friends, the relationship that will be there for me, weddings booked or not, is the relationship I need to nourish the most.
So not just today, but for everyday, I want to say thank you. To Marshall for all the decisions, sacrifices, and efforts he puts into our relationship and his selfless duty to our country. I want to let him know that I appreciate him, as a friend, a husband, and a soldier.
& to all the other soldiers out there, their families, their Momma's, and everyone who backs them: thank you. For supporting such serving people and raising them to have the honor and courage they do to drive the Armed Forces. If it weren't for them I wouldn't be
perfecting my hula building my business in Hawaii.
Through all the workshops, and the branding, and the late night editing, our friends and family members are the ones who have put up with our 'ish the most and will be there when we are old and our eyesight is long gone. Don't forget to protect and appreciate those relationships the most.