We all get thrown curve balls, ours came in the form of an IED explosion. We learned to adapt, we compensate for our shortcomings, and make the most of it. Life is all about learning to compensate, if you have to forget something, forget the dog, not the baby.
The Story of a True American Hero, His Princess, and Their Struggle with TBI/PTSD.
I want to take a minute and share with you all a group that is very near and dear to my heart! Its a place where I can go and say what I need to say, scream, cry, yell, whatever I need to do without judgement. I can say nothing at all and the ladies there know exactly what I mean, its a comfortable safe place for me and other caregivers! Operation Homefront's Wounded Warrior Wives!
Wounded Warrior Wives is an outreach program of Operation Homefront designed to provide caregivers of wounded, ill and injured servicemembers with resources, relationships and sources of respite. Female caregivers are invited to join this program at www.operationhomefront.net/www
I encourage you, even if you are not a caregiver to go and check out this amazing group! Comment below and let me know what you think!!
For months myself and a few other Operation Homefront Volunteers have been hard at work preparing for the Operation Homefront/ TriWest " Homefront Celebration." Saturday night was EPIC for me! I got to see this all come to life! It didn't seem real until Friday night when I tried on my dress, of course I hated it...but while I lied awake almost ALL night I changed my mind! LOL Typical female I know, I do it all the time with clothes! I wore my "unofficial" Boot Campaign boots just because I felt it appropriate for the evening, ill be ordering my REAL BOOTS this week! Nichole and I ROCKED those boots! I felt great, for once, I was Kristle, and not Nate's wife, or Wife of a Wounded Warrior, not that I mind either, but this was just mine! I had the pleasure of meeting Jacey Eckhart..she is hilarious, if you ever get a chance to see her...do it! Fair warning though....you will not leave without cramps from laughing so hard!!! Ill let the pictures tell the rest of the story!
Today is my down day before a super busy week! I have a lot to do, I am helping a Military family move,and finishing up the last minute things for the Operation Homefront event this weekend, among all the normal stuff; homework, kids, husband LOL. This weekends Homefront Celebration is getting more and more real for me! I will be MC'ing the event as the lead volunteer for the Operation Homefront Volunteer Community Team here in Kansas! A lot of work has gone into not just this, but the VCT as a whole, and now it is finally coming together! We have been working on this project since about April, and we have made some serious progress! I have some AMAZING volunteers, and friends who have helped me along the journey, and I really need to come up with a way to thank them! I love being able to help Military families, I think for me its very therapeutic. The families are so grateful no matter what you do for them, and that makes everything worthwhile. I will never forget the day of the Back Pack Brigade, a particular Soldier that came to pick up a bag for his daughter, he didn't know what to say, so he hugged instead! It was priceless....
That's the type of moment I live for, that one second where you get to stop and realize exactly why it is you are there! There is no amount of stress, exhaustion, frustration, or anything for that matter that can erase a moment like that. I am often told that I do TOO much, that I need to slow down and stop trying to "take over the world." Truth is I cant, I live for that moment, call me a Junkie if you wish,but kindness is like a boomerang, it always returns.....eventually!
We took a huge step forward today, we met with a real estate agent to put our house on the market, it will be official as of Tuesday. Our plan in case you haven't heard is to sell everything we own, move into an RV (5th wheel) and travel until we find a place that we want to spend our lives. I have only had the pleasure of being in 5 states, and not freely, I was always there for something, so I am really looking forward to this. The more I think about it the more excited I get!! Call me crazy if you want, I can add you to the list right a long with the bank, the RV salesman, the car salesman, and multiple others we have told about the plan. For us this plan is going to mean lots of things, visiting family and friends that we have been forced to be away from for the last 6 years, moving on from the reminders and the pain that Nate has to face each day when he sees the Soldiers he once fought beside, lots of family time, knowing what it is like to just have each other again (Nate and I) is going to be great for our marriage, we can test out communities we may want to settle in, see places we have never seen, lots and lots of pictures, the list goes on and on, but I have yet to find the negative. Now we just work the numbers......
Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
-- Oprah Winfrey
Letting go is one of the hardest thing a person will face. 90% of us attach ourselves to what is familiar, and never let go. The friends, the place we live, material comforts. We obsess over keeping things the way that they are, and when they change we then obsess over making them go back to the way they were. The more you resist, the more you fear. I know and trust completely that there are better things out there for me...so I am letting go.....I am letting go of the resent, the anger, the guilt, the fear. I am standing at the edge of a new life, the darkness behind me and all of life's beauty on the forefront, take my hand and join me....or i'm going without you! LOL