I’m sure if you Googled it, you could find thousands upon thousands of blog posts about Veteran’s Day, so I’ll keep this one short and simple.
Being married to a veteran, I imagine this day sits with me a little differently than those who have no real personal connection to the military. My husband, Dom, deployed to Afghanistan from 2012-2013, and dangers of the military and the aches and pains it can cause a family are never too far from my mind. My dad was also in for over 20 years, I have several friends in the military (including almost all of our best friends), and we live just outside of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, so the military is something I am surrounded by literally every single day. Instead of focusing this post entirely on how thankful I am for these people and their service (which I absolutely am), as well as their spouses who make me smile every day with their generosity, kindness, helpfulness, and (as corny as this sounds) the pure love that Dom, Isla, and I receive from them on a daily basis, I decided to type out my favorite moments from spending the day with my family today. After all, my husband travels quite a bit, and it’s not every Veteran’s Day that he is home spending it with us. So here it goes, a few of my favorite moments (in no particular order):
— Laying down on the couch this morning, my head on Dom and Isla wrapped around me, watching Mickey Mouse on Disney and all of us passing out for the sweetest little nap you ever did see
— Driving in to Fayetteville to get lunch at Panera (all of us, plus Dom’s parents), only to have Isla giggle literally the ENTIRE time we ate while the little old ladies next to us just couldn’t get enough from her. I can’t say how many times she makes people smile in a day because I can’t keep count. Couldn’t love her more for that.
— Driving home and singing 90s and early-2000s songs with Dom very obnoxiously. We had to keep Isla awake so I jumped in the back and serenaded her with Third Eye Blind and Nelly. She clapped along the whole time.
— Coming home to read Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind Of Girl” while Dom packed for a little work trip he’s going on tomorrow that can and will completely change our future… More on this later
— Watching Isla devour green beans for an HOUR at dinner and absolutely nothing else. She is definitely my child. She was practically throwing them in the air and catching them with her mouth.
— Sitting with Dom while he read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Jamberry” to Isla before bed and she stared at his face in complete awe.
— Watching Modern Family with Dom before bed while we were cuddled up on the sectional.
He may not be home every day, but I am so incredibly happy for every day that he is home.