March 6th

March 6, 2006: I stood in a cold, dark parking lot and watched my boyfriend of four months walk away from me and towards war in a place called Iraq.  I wouldn’t see him again for almost six months.

Ft Dix Bowling Alley

March 2006 - Before the good-bye at Ft Dix

March 6, 2007: My boyfriend of one year and four months was back at Fort Dix for demobilization. I had seen him for only two weeks during the past year. Three days later we would reunite.

HolidayFest 2007

March 2007 - HolidayFest in full swing!

March 6, 2009: The two of us stood before God and Mount Washington and pledged our love and devotion to each other.

Wedding Picture #1

March 6, 2009 - Our wedding day

 When the pastor pronounced us man and wife, my new husband took me in his arms and gave me the most gentle and yet passionate kiss I have ever received. The two of us radiated a joy that was almost tangible. We couldn’t stop smiling.

Wedding Picture #2

Husband and Wife - and best friends

March 6, 2010: I woke up to a quiet emptiness. I lay in bed for a few minutes, while my heart throbbed a few painful beats. I missed my husband. I was afraid for him. I wanted him back.

But I was determined to make it a good day, for both our sakes. I mustered my courage and rolled out of bed. In celebration of our first wedding anniversary, I took a hike with our dog.

During that hike, my husband called me from Afghanistan. He was one day away from arriving at his outpost where he would spend the next eight and a half months. Our conversation was almost as sweet and loving as that first kiss we shared as husband and wife.

Later that day, my friend K stopped by and brought me flowers. Her husband was only a few days behind mine and would be gone just as long. She’s a MilSpouse, too. She knows. We chatted for a while and played a little RockBand.

When she left, I went upstairs and started a blog. I called it Mowenackie.

It was my anniversary gift to my husband – another way to help us stay connected in the coming months. “Virtual paper” I call it. Paper is the traditional one-year anniversary gift. Since nothing about us is traditional, I thought this fit. He was thinking along the same lines, apparently. He got me the Rosetta Stone for the Italian language, Levels 1-3. Virtual paper.

I just love him.

The story I told in my first post is still the most accurate illustration of our relationship that I can think of. I am so grateful to have this man in my life, who loves me without reservation, accepts me and keeps me grounded. It doesn’t sound like much on (virtual) paper, but it is everything to know I have that one constant in my life of inconsistencies. He is the one I turn to for solace, for soothing, for laughter, for logic.

He was worth waiting for…again and again and again. And he still is.

March 6, 2011: I’m sitting in a hotel room, typing a blog post and waiting. I’m waiting for the military to release my husband back to me, like I’ve done so many times before. But on this March 6th, I woke up next to my husband and at the end of the day I’ll be with him again.

Me & T at the EconoLodge!

March 2011

In the meantime, I’d like to thank you, my darlings – friends, family and fellow MilSpouses – for accompanying me on this journey. This is our anniversary, too. A year ago I found a community that I never dreamed existed, yet today couldn’t imagine being without. Thank you for your support, your help and your advice. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Anniversary!

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11 responses to “March 6th

  1. Happy Anniversary! I’m so glad that you get to spend (some of) it with your hubby:) I hope you enjoy every moment together!

  2. You both are so lovely! And you can tell by the pictures just how much you love each other. Happy Anniversary. <3

  3. What a lovely post!!

  4. Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Anniversary!!!!

  5. You guys are so damn cute together! :) I am very happy for you both.

  6. Happy Anniversary to the two of you, glad you are near each other. With much love Lau

  7. A very beautiful and touching post. Happy Anniversary! I wrote a kinda similar post today, but it’s about my engagement anniversary (we haven’t been married long enough to have a wedding anniversary yet). I’m so thankful to be spending today with my man! :)

  8. Happy anniversary! Yay yay yay for spending it together. :)

  9. Such a sweet post! Glad you got to wake up with hubby on this 2nd anniversary. Hope you both enjoyed your 3-some with the Army over the weekend ;-) Hopefully next year it’ll just be the two of you!

  10. Awwwww!!! This was great! Happy anniversary to you and T and happy blogiversary to you!!!

  11. Happy Anniversary!

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