Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Military Man.

 For all those times when I was vague,
when I mentioned playing the waiting game and my frustration,
this post is the answer to so many questions. 

Idaho Air National Guard

Daniel is in the Air National Guard.
In January, he will have served 10 years.

He joined when he lived in Wyoming, and served on orders
in the engine shop working on C-130's.
When he moved to Idaho four years ago, he joined the Idaho Air National Guard.
When he moved here, he began working part-time as an A-10 mechanic
and he worked full-time as a personal trainer at a local gym
(among many other jobs).
It is the same gym he is a manager at today.

In April, he heard about a full-time position in the Guard as a Recruiter.
When the position opened in July, he applied.
He submitted his application July 19th, went through multiple interviews, 
and prayed and prayed and prayed.
From July 19 through September 9, we played the waiting game.

On September 9, Daniel surprised me at church in his uniform
(he couldn't make it that day due to mandatory drill weekend duties),
wrapped his arms around me,
and whispered into my ear,
"I got the job!"

Out of 25 applicants, he got it.
Daniel. My Daniel.
To say that I "cried tears of happiness" 
would be an understatement.

But—there was one more catch.
This job comes with 6-weeks of training down in San Antonio, Texas.
Now we had to wait to find out when he would be leaving.
The waiting game again.
We wanted to begin planning our wedding, 
but couldn't until we knew his tech school dates.
He could be gone anytime from October to January.

Yesterday, he got the call.
School starts October 1.
Daniel is leaving.
Next week.
For six weeks.

*slumps down in chair*

I could take this moment to get discouraged.
To say how much I'm going to miss him.
To be sad that he is leaving.

I am going to miss him. Dearly.
But I'm not sad.
This is a huge opportunity.
This is going to make such a difference for our future.
A pay raise, a stable career, an incredible organization.
A job he is passionate about.

Instead, I'll take this moment to say how proud of him I am.
How I think he is a warrior.
How I am honored to be his fiancè, and soon his wife.

This is what we prayed for.
This is what we needed.
This is our start.
This is our start to brilliant careers for each of us.
This is our start when we can begin wedding planning.
This is our start to an amazing life ahead.

Daniel, I love you.

43 comments:

Mackenzie @ Life of a Pint-Sized Mama said...

It's awesome to see how proud of him and happy for him that you are, even though you'll be missing him - it shows how much you love him! My husband and I were apart for 10 months while we were dating, and it was not fun - but God did some amazing things in our hearts and in our relationship while we were away from each other. Praying the same thing for you guys!

Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella said...

this is so happy. it might be because i'm in bed sick or because its the time of month my hormones go crazy, or simply because you write beautifully and this is fabulous - but i'm a little teary eyed. so happy for you!

ben just started his job applications yesterday and so now we're just starting our own waiting game.

Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella said...

this is so happy. it might be because i'm in bed sick or because its the time of month my hormones go crazy, or simply because you write beautifully and this is fabulous - but i'm a little teary eyed. so happy for you!

ben just started his job applications yesterday and so now we're just starting our own waiting game.

Your Doctor's Wife said...

Congratulations on the job!
Six weeks will go by very fast if you make a list of things to do while he's gone. It will be a great time to do all the wedding things that guys could care less about.
Just keep yourself busy! :)

Kristin Fleck said...

6 months after Ethan and I got together, I got a job that sent me to Vermont for 6 months for training. (we live in Ohio). It totally could've been make or break for an early relationship like ours, but we did just fine. It was hard, but you guys will do just fine, I promise!

Katelyn said...

That is so exciting for Daniel! Congratulations to him! And it's so amazing to see how proud of him you are! You guys are such a great couple and I'm so happy for you both!

- Katelyn

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

Aww, how sweet! Congrats to the both of you! Here's to a quick 6 weeks :)

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Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Congratulations to Daniel! I'm happy for both of you!

Durante said...

This picture brings back so many memories, he'll have so much fun! Congratulations, it's so nice when the future begins.

{[Jessica]} said...

Congrats!!
this is a HUGE step for your future!!!

Esme said...

Congrats!! I wish you and Daniel nothing but the best. Don't worry those six weeks will fly by and you will be reunited ♥

Amanda @ tales from a FAR said...

That is totally amazing!! What a blessing. And just think.. you now have 6 weeks to... ya know, read tales from a FAR. Just sayin ;)

Nicole @ Three 31 said...

Happy, Happy, joy, Joy!!!! Congrats on the new job and hey, congrats on coming to Texas in October .... at least it's a LITTLE cooler this time of year. Even better, YOU come with him. San Antonio is a great city, the River Walk is amazing and so many good restaurants too. It's close to Austin, which is by far my all-time favorite city in the history of ever, it reminds me of "home" (Kentucky) with the river, rolling hills, green space, parks, and generally nice folks out and about. My cousin, who lives in Kentucky, will be staying in San Antonio for several weeks of training too --- but I don't know what kind of training it is. Regardless, blessings to you and Daniel and lots of congrats. Big hug from the Kentucky girl living in Texas. =)

Nicole @ Three 31
http://nicoleandkevin.wordpress.com/

Mallory said...

You can do it, girl! It's for a good reason and once he's home 6 weeks will seem to have flown by. Congrats to the two of you! Celebrate it up this next week:)

Kaity said...

Awesome news! :)

Anna said...

oh my goodness, Congrats to him! (and you!) what a great opportunity, for sure! I hope the time flies by...maybe october will be a great time to have more blogger meet ups. :)

Breenah said...

I think it's almost better that it's sooner rather than later. You don't have time to get depressed about it.

Kimberly said...

Congratulations! I know how tough it is being away from the one you love for so long. My hubby just left last weekend for a job and he'll be gone for three months. But, like you said, you can't let it get you down. You have to stay focused on what an amazing opportunity it is for the both of you, remember how proud you are of him, and continue to be supportive.

I'll be praying for you both! Those 6 weeks will fly by and Daniel will be back before you know it. :)

xo-Kimberly {allons-y kimberly}

Mallory Castleberry said...

Congrats! Keep yourself busy and remember you have tons of people praying for you. I hope many more blessings come your way!

The Pink Growl said...

I know that 6 weeks sounds like forever!! But keep yourself busy and it will fly by! Dive into wedding planning and you won't even miss him. KIDDING! :)What a great opportunity for him! Congrats to you guys!

Kristen @ KV Confessions said...

So beyond thrilled for the two of you! Congrats!!

Erica said...

O-M-G!! Your relationship just permeates with love...from all the right places. I love that you two are so very supportive of one another-in all of your adventures! It's kind of ironic too because just the other day I was thinking to myself what "Daniel" is like. What his job was, his likes, his dislikes etc. We always hear about you...maybe it's time to hear from your "other half" :)

Leona said...

Yaaaay Auniel! (Get it!!) I'm so happy for you both :)
I totally know what you mean though, I always miss Liam so much when he's away working but I'm always so blooming proud that he is chasing his dreams! So few people do it these days that it is so refreshing when someone does, and it works and pays off for them! Well done Daniel!
Man, I love you guys!

Tara said...

1. Congratulations! What great news.
2. My husband went away for 6 weeks this past spring. I saw him once in that time for less than 24 hours. I was dreading the time a part, we are together type people. I can say this though; long distance sucks but you will get through it and you will be back together at the end :)

During the 6 weeks you'll notice it become some kind of new normal, a terrible new normal, that doesn't feel as awful as you feared. That will, as soon as it's over, become a long faded memory that barely seemed real.

I hated having my man away, and I love having him back...and I'm thankful to God for providing work for us during that time, and I can see that you are similarly thankful to God for his provision, yet sad to be apart.

Healthy, healthy place to be :)

Lisa @ MMT said...

I didn't know he was a military man! My husband was in the Marine Corps for four years, so I totally understand the waiting game! Which is why we eloped in Vegas [not to give you any ideas ;)]
Congrats on the new job though! I'm so excited for you two and your future together.

Danielle said...

I always love learning new things about you and Daniel. That is so neat that he's a military and A-10's especially. One of my dad's close friends flies those so we find them extra special!

As a gal who's been in a long distance relationship for almost 4 years, I'll tell you a secret. It's not as hard as everyone makes it out to me. In fact, it's totally worth it. Being long distance really allows you to know what it's like to truly miss the other person. What it's like to be thinking about them all the time and just hoping they're having a good day.

A famous person once said "distance makes the heart grow fonder" and I've found this especially true in my case. You and Daniel will make it through these six weeks and it will be the greatest thing for your relationship! He needs all your support and he is extremely blessed to have a girlfriend like you. Congratulations Daniel on the new job!!

Emmy Barnes said...

Congratulations. Even though its scary Its wonderful how supportive you two are of one another. Definitely a sign of a strong relationship.

Chelsea said...

What an incredible opportunity this is for you both! I am so excited for you and the future ahead.

Oddly enough, I just accepted a job with Veterans Affairs. I begin at the VA Medical Center on Monday. I'm excited to serve our men and women who risk so much!

Best luck to you BOTH!

Emily Dextraze said...

darn right you should be proud!! congrats Daniel!! it's will be rough for the first bit but 6 weeks will go by fast and when he is home it will be as if he never left! *hugs*

Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

I didn't know your man was in the military! I'm married to a man in the military :)

Don't worry those six weeks will fly by! Congrats to him!

The Life of Clare said...

Congratulations to you both! What an exciting time! But when you wrote that he was going away next week, for 6 weeks, my stomach sank and tears welled in my eyes! I know how that feels! Good luck, I hope the times flies!

Cat said...

Definately a man to be proud of. Very exciting for him. Hard six weeks for you, but I know you'll get through it.

SEL said...

Very sweet post. Daniel is lucky to have someone that supports his goals!!

Wishing you guys lots of luck for these future endeavors!

xo

Amanda said...

Wow Aunie! I know you must be so proud of him!! What an incredible opportunity. I love your heart, your honesty. :)

Amy Matsumoto said...

Congrats Aunie, and Daniel of course! I am so happy for you guys!! I know how hard it can be to be away from family. I was stationed away from home for about 2.5 years. It was tough, but it laid a wonderful foundation. If you need anything, I know you don't know me, but I'm here. =)

April said...

That's pretty awesome that he's getting a full time gig as an ANG guy. Hopefully it comes without all of the full time hassles of being active duty AF. :s My boyfriend and I are both in the military, and some days it's such a headache. That's awesome for you guys, though. :) Lackland is a nice base (as long as you're not there for basic training, lol) and San Antonio was nice from what I remember. Maybe you could visit him while he's down there! Good luck with everything!

Julie{isCocoandCocoa} said...

I'm so excited for you! My husband is in the Army National Guard, and while time apart is difficult it's always worth it :)

Lydia said...

So sweet! There's always something special about marrying someone in the military. ;)

Jamie said...

I'm so happy for him and you guys!! This will be such an amazing opportunity for him! I know you are super strong and will make it the six weeks :) I know I"m not strong enough to do that. You guys are both in my thoughts! Love ya!!

<3 Jamie

Katie said...

That's wonderful!

morgan said...

i don't know what it feels like, but i know it can be tough! it's good that you're wanting to stay encouraged and focus on the good things though. congrats on the job, though! that's great for him/you all!

Kristen Danielle said...

Congrats to you & Daniel!

You have a way with words, girl. Your love for Daniel is always so evident throughout your posts. Wishing y'all the best & hoping that the 6 weeks fly by! :)

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