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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009


 I was doing laundry yesterday and as I tossed Andy's uniform into the washing machine, I had a moment. One of those moments I don't want to have right now, because right now I just want to enjoy every moment. I realized that for six months, I won't have any camo to wash. I think that every military wife can relate. It's not like we love the laundry - but it is familiar, and soothing, and just part of life. And it is just one more thing that we don't have any more when they are deployed. 
 Then, I had a moment of "saving grace". 
 I have sons. 
 Sons that like camo. 
 So, it may not be the exact same camo, and it is definitely a different size, but at least I have something to fill that space, something to keep my hands (and my washing machine) full while he is gone. 
 God is good. 

 Another thing I am going to miss, strangely enough, is the smell of oil and grease. 10 years ago, I never would have thought that I would love that smell. Even 5 years ago I didn't love it yet. But it has grown on me. Now, in some strange way, it is a comforting smell - the smell of normal, everyday life. 
 I was behind someone in line at the dollar store the other day: a dirty, greasy, overweight mechanic - and I just kept thinking to myself, "Man, he smells good". I realized then that I have a problem

 So, if you see me walk up to a stranger on the street and give them a hug, you can assume that they are either wearing camo, or smell of oil and grease. Have a little patience with me! 


Carrie said...

Ha ha!!!! Do you think you are feeling more sentimental this time because you have actually been TOGETHER for an ENTIRE YEAR?!!! I think before you didn't have enough time to establish these daily routines that after a year, are truly a ROUTINE now. I am enjoying reading all about your thoughts though....and I can't imagine the smell of oil and grease..being..."nice." ha ha! good for you for loving it!

ktwalden said...

That is a very sweet post....

Kelly said...

See, I've got a long standing policy that I don't do Army laundry, so I don't go through this. Plus Michael has some specific amount of time that he lets them dry, then he hangs them to dry the rest of the way, and I never can get it just right, so he doesn't trust me anymore!

Marcy said...

I know exactly what you mean about the Oil and Grease smell. My dad always smelled like that when I was growing up and there is something comforting about it.