Be Proud of Your Military Family

April 24, 2019

This week we are just getting back from our week and a half Florida/Alabama trip. We're getting a little bit of our much needed rest and Jax is resetting back to his normal self after such a long trip. 

Butttt I couldn't feel any prouder after this week of events!

Do you ever get that feeling when someone in your family has accomplished something that is a big deal? Well I definitely do.

Since I was in the military before I know how much a reached goal means to a lot of military members. I have a lot of family in the military, so we are constantly at military events, training or graduations. This last week stood out to me as a huge accomplishment that my brother and brother-in-law should be extremely proud of. 

During this past week we went to my brother-in-law's Coast Guard Helicopter Pilot Training Graduation and my brother's Air Force Helicopter Pilot Training Graduation. This is a big deal because they both have really wanted to fly helicopters for quite some time. My brother-in-law will be flying an MH-65D Dolphin and my brother will be flying a CV-22. Both of their flying career dreams are now coming true and this made me feel so happy for them both. Jax was especially happy because he got to hang out with his cool Uncles and see a ton of planes and helicopters.

“Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to.”

This quote pretty much sums them both up. Without determination they never would have gotten to where they are today. I am sure you know someone in your life that this quote applies to as well. Another quote that they will start to realize as they step into the next phase of military training is

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."

I love this quote from Raymond Lindquist. 
I think this is a quote that military members, military families, military spouses and military significant others should live by!

If I were to recommend one thing to live by in the military lifestyle, it would be this. This is one of THE hardest parts of being in the military or being part of a family with a military member. There is so much unfamiliar that military families face every day. You would assume that there would be so much structure, so much habit, so much familiarity...but in reality it is quite the opposite. 
This is why being a member of the military requires resiliency. Military marriage and relationships require resiliency. Military children require resiliency.

One of the huge things that military couples face is the hardship of change and the unfamiliar. Most military members will have deployments come once or twice a year. Military members will miss Holidays and special events and moments with their families. Hopefully your relationships are able t become stronger throughout this period in time. Hardships like this can either make or break a relationship. For help with this check out my pages about deployments in how to take care of each other.

Being in the military and a military family requires grit. And I am not trying to toot my own horn, or put down civilian families, but there are certain characteristics that are required being a part of a military family. There will always be something unfamiliar and changing looming in your future. It is not an easy lifestyle or job. This is why any accomplishment in the military should bring that pride front and center.

Both my brother and brother-in-law achieved a huge dream this past week when they received their wings but there is still so much unfamiliar to come in their future. They go from one training to the next without even taking a breath. Resiliency and self care is key.

If you are part of a military family or a military member make sure you take every opportunity to see your family because you never know when that next moment will be that everyone can meet up. Work on strengthening your family with resiliency and communication. Work on helping each other through the new challenges and changes that you will face. But most of all take a moment to be proud of what you are a part of. And tell the ones you love how proud of them you truly are.

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