Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today, I was sent to Missouri to join 179 other members of the United States Army to begin our journey to Iraq. Of those 179 other people, I knew about five. We were strangers put together to form a unit to fight together in a foreign country. Strangers who later became family. We set off on a journey together and came home together (Praise The Lord). We shared memories of the good, the bad and the ugly, but we shared those memories none the less. No one will ever understand what we, our unit, our family endured unless they were a part of us. Yes, others have served overseas and understand deployment, but each experience is unique. 

As I look back, I am forever thankful for the experiences I had, the people I met, the friends I gained through my deployment. I am truly thankful that the Good Lord blessed me with so many wonderful things in my life, especially a husband who stuck around when the going got tough (I was deployed our whole first year of marriage). 

With all of that said, I find it most intriguing that I honestly went from a Soldier fighting in Iraq, to kindergarten teacher within months. I love my job, I love teaching and I love that I was given the opportunity to serve both my country and now serve my community as an educator. As I said before, I am blessed beyond words. 
I love my country and I love my job...life couldn't be any more perfect! 
        My battle buddy and I in Iraq.

One of my little Kindergartners from last year and I. 

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