April 4, 2016

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WARNING: This is NOT a fashion post. 😛

ALSO. Not sure how we walked out of the house looking like America. But we did. #fitting

A little over a year ago, I wrote THIS post. We were about to embark on a new journey, and I was full of emotion about it so I shared it here on the blog. If there’s one thing I love about all my favorite bloggers, it’s that I feel like I know them because they share about their lives, the good and the bad and the in between on their blogs. There are obviously some things in life that are meant to only be shared with your hubby, your family and your closest friends. But I think that knowing that other people, whether you know them personally or not, are going through similar life experiences as you helps to make life seem not so hard even when it is.

Ten days ago we got a phone call that changed our life plans. If you have been following along for any length of time on my various social media channels, you may have caught on that Ben has been working towards being a fire fighter for several years now. His career in the military was even driven by this dream, as he is a firefighter in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He has been interviewing whenever he can over the last two years and working as an EMT to get experience. The whole process has required a lot of sacrifice on both of our parts but we knew that it was what we had to do for him to be able to pursue his dreams. We have known for a few months that he had the chance of getting hired fairly soon but we didn’t realize HOW soon! He got a call on a Tuesday almost two weeks ago, informing him that he was going to be hired by his dream fire department and he would be starting today, April 4. We were both floored and so excited! His dream, our dream, would be coming true. And SO soon.

Then before the excitement could settle in, Ben also started talking to me about moving out to be as close as possible to where he would be going to the fire academy and to just be immersed in the environment with the guys. WAIT. WHAT. MOVE OUT? WE’RE MARRIED. You can’t move out! The night he called to tell me my girlfriends were over, and I just started crying as I told them. The fire academy schedule would be hard enough. (They go Monday through Friday from 5am-6pm and half day on Saturdays. For 18 weeks.) But to have him MOVE OUT. Craziness. The next morning after I slept on it, I called one of my best friends and then my hubby, bawling. It made my heart sick to think about him not coming home every night, about not being able to give him a kiss goodnight and reach over when I woke up in the middle of the night and know he was there. But as I had time to think and process it, I just had a peace in my heart about it. Ben is so smart and driven and wants to do his best at whatever he does, and for him, this is how he’s going to do that. And with everything we have been through together so far, I feel like this is the last part, maybe the hardest, but it’s the home stretch. After he finishes the fire academy and one year as a probationary fire fighter, he will be set! And it will be a huge part of making the rest of our future hopes and dreams come true. And on the bright side, we do live close enough that he will be able to come home on the weekends, and Sundays will be our day together.

I honestly couldn’t be more proud of Ben, for who he is and how hard he has worked to get to where he is today. I know he’s going to rock that academy and rock at being a fire fighter. And I know that God has been in the midst of all of this and will continue to be. I know there are going to be hard days but I’m so thankful I have Jesus and lots of family and friends to turn to for support.

I’m going to keep myself busy blogging and working and hanging out with my girlfriends. I miiiiight have a girls’ trip to Cancun in the works too. You know. Something to look forwards to. 😉 So if you start seeing photos of me on the beach, don’t be too jealous. I’m just tryna pass the time. 😛

Thank you all for all of your love and support on this little blog of mine!

We’ll be back to the usual fashion posts and sarcasm next post!



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