11:22:00 AM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

I almost forgot my resolutions for the new year...

~stay productive and busy
~avoid pity for myself, Nick, and our situation
~be more active
~spend more time with family
~get rid of our debt (aside from student loans, because we'll be paying those off for the rest of our lives)
~focus on what matters the most in life, and don't stress over things I can't control
~support Nick in every way possible
~make 2010 the best year of my life despite the challenges we will face

bring it on 2010!


goodbye 2009

10:29:00 AM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

I find it a little bittersweet to bid farewell to 2009... it was an amazing year. Nick and I had our 1st real year of military life, he completed basic training, AIT, and Scout Command school, we got married, I had my first trip out of the country to Costa Rica for our honeymoon, and I graduated from nursing school. I also turned 26, and if you know me at all you understand how important even numbers are :)

Most importantly, Nick and I both achieved our dreams in 2009. We spent years talking about our ambitions and goals... his to join the military and serve his country, and mine to become a nurse and finally find a career I was passionate about.

As sad as it is to see 2009 come to an end, 2010 can only be better. Of course it will be sad to spend the year without Nick, but I only become stronger and learn more about myself every time he leaves. I will begin my career as a nurse, which is both exciting and challenging. There is also a really big change about to take place in my life... but I will have to wait and share that in a future post (and no, it's not a baby... yet).

so bring it on 2010!


dear military wives

9:54:00 AM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

Dear Military Wives,

While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you
or your husband, I felt the need to write you and
express a very deep feeling that I have in my heart.
I, as a person, am not brave. I do not tackle things
head on, as I hate confrontation. I will travel 100
miles out of my way just to avoid a conflict. I am an
American woman that has no idea what is going on in
the military other than what I hear on the news.
I have never had to let go of someone so that they
could go fight for people that they didn't know,
people that sometimes do not appreciate or
understand what they are fighting for. I have never
had a sleepless night of worry because of a report
that another bomb has exploded and I still haven't
heard from my husband.
I have never had to wait for months on end to hold
the one that I loved. I have never had to tell my
children that daddy wasn't coming home tonight
because he was so far away fighting for something
that they aren't yet old enough to understand.
I have never had to hold my head high and suppress
the tears as I hear that it will be at least another six
months of separation before my loved one gets to
come home. I have never had to deal with a holiday
away from the one that I thought I would share
every day of my life with.
I have never had to feel the panic rising in my heart
at the sound of a ringing phone or knock at the door
for fear that it is the news that everyone is terrified
of getting.
For the reasons listed above, I can not tell you that I
understand how you feel. I can not tell you that you
must be strong. I can not say that you shouldn't be
angry, because you "knew what you were getting
into when you married a military man". I can not say
these things because I have never had to walk in
your shoes.
What I can say for certain is that because of your
unselfish acts of bravery and your husbands
willingness to stand up for those who see him as "just
another soldier", I will never have to walk in your
I do understand that as a military wife you are
expected to uphold a certain amount of control, but I
never understood how you could do it, until now. I
have figured out that you are not like other women.
You are of a special breed. You have a strength
within you that holds life together in the darkest of
hours, a strength of which I will never possess. The
faith you have is what makes you stand out in a
crowd; it makes you glow with emotion and swell
with pride at the mention of The United States of
You are a special lady, a wonderful partner and a
glorious American.
I have more respect for your husband than I could
ever tell you, but until recently I never thought much
about those that the soldier leaves at home during
Until this moment I could never put into words
exactly what America meant to me. Until this
moment, I had no real reason to. Until I heard of
Your husband and his military family hold this nation
close, safe from those who wish to hurt us. But you
and those like you are the backbone of the American
family. You keep the wheels in motion and the hearts
alive while most would just break completely down.
Military families make this nation what it is today.
You give us all hope and you emit a warming light at
the end of a long dark tunnel.
Because of you and your family, I am able to be me.
I am able to have my family. I am able to walk free
in this great land. Because of you and your family, I
can look ahead to the future with the knowledge
that life is going to be okay. Because of you and your
family, I can awake to a new day, everyday.
I realize that you are a stronger person than I will
ever be because of these things and I just wanted to
take the time today to say thank you to you and
your family for allowing me that freedom.
I will never be able to repay this debt to you, as it is
unmatchable. However, I hope that you know that
no matter where you are, what you are doing, what
has happened today, or what will happen tomorrow,
Your husband will NEVER be "just another soldier" to
me! And you, dear sweet lady, will never be
You are all in my prayer's everyday and I pray that
God will bring you back together with your loved
one safely.

May God Bless You!
(Author Unknown)



7:51:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

I'm not a patient person. I never have been, and honestly I don't expect that I ever will be. Lately my patience has been tested in a way I never thought it would be. I don't know how to deal with it. I've never been the type of person that got everything they wanted when they wanted it, but I hoped and prayed that this would be the one thing in life I would be blessed with as soon as I felt ready. And now I'm ready- more than ready. I have a long road ahead of me, and I'm going to have to face it whether I want to or not. Hopefully there will be something waiting for me at the end of the road when I get there.


oh sundays

10:13:00 AM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

If there's one thing I remember about the 14 weeks of basic training, it's that Sundays without Nick are the worst. I'm not really sure why... I don't know if it's the loneliness of ending a week without him, the fear of starting a new week without him, or just knowing that we usually spent our lazy Sundays together sitting around and watching football or movies. No matter what the reason, I always miss Nick the most on Sundays.

I have something to look forward to this week... something great. My pinning ceremony is Thursday and I will officially be a nursing school graduate after the ceremony on Friday. It doesn't even seem real. I'm excited, but I will be much more excited when I take the NCLEX and actually receive my license as a registered nurse. I would also probably be more excited if Nick was going to be at graduation... or if any of my family was going to be at graduation. Luckily I have a lot of wonderful friends in Nashville that will be there to support me, and hopefully help me forget that Nick is not there. I'm being pinned with Nick's mother's nursing school pin, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. Hopefully there will also be another nurse in our family in the future that can be pinned with the same pin as well. There's so much hard work and determination behind a nursing pin, and only a nurse can truly appreciate graduation from nursing school. It's unlike any other undergraduate degree.

Now back to watching a movie, crocheting, and drinking coffee... because that's what Sundays are for.



5:52:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

It hasn’t even been 2 days yet, and already I’m starting to feel depressed and detached from the world. I can’t accept that I will be living this quiet, lonely life for the next year. I need a roommate, a new friend (with no life that wants to spend every waking moment with me), a new hobby… anything to distract myself from the silence. It will get better, it always does, but about the time I begin to get used to this new life it will be time to see Nick for Christmas- which is GREAT- but I’ll have to start all over again. I don’t do well with change. It’s always the little things that I miss the most… sitting around watching tv together, cooking dinner together, cuddling in bed on a Saturday morning, running errands around town… the list goes on and on. I just love having him by my side for everything that life brings- big and small. It’s times like this that I also regret living so far away from our families, because no one can replace the comfort and love that comes with family.

(I never promised this blog would be uplifting, did I?)

One thing to be grateful for tonight… One Tree Hill & Gossip Girl. Distractions are invaluable right now.


goodbye soldier

12:48:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

Reality hit hard today, and I can’t say I was ready for it.  I drove Nick to Springfield this morning to board a bus for training in Mississippi.  The hard part was not seeing him go, it was the realization that he stepped out of our house this morning for the last time until they return in (hopefully) December 2010.  I am grateful that I will be able to see him again for Christmas in 3 short weeks, but I also know that this marks the beginning of a long, difficult year ahead.  I’m not a big fan of living alone, and I hate the silence that has already consumed this house.  I didn’t plan on crying this morning and I was doing really well at first (I may still have been feeling some of the many drinks from last night), and then I joined the caravan through Springfield.  The buses with ours soldiers, followed by 20+ family cars, were given a police escort through the town while hundreds of people lined the streets with flags and signs to bid farewell to the 278th.  I’m pretty sure I had only passed about 5-10 people when I lost it.  Realizing what that moment symbolized was too much for me to take.  Of course my mind is also frequently invaded by the thoughts of the harsh realities of war, and this morning was no exception.  Nick is my best friend, my husband, my rock, my life.  I can’t imagine living in this world without him, and I hope more than anything that I never have to find out.  I am so insanely proud of him though.  There is nothing more honorable that what our soldiers do, and I am amazed by the courage and strength they exhibit each and every day.  This is our first deployment, but it won’t be our last.  And we will get through each one with the love that has bonded us for the last 6+ years, and I know it will make us stronger and closer than we’ve ever been.  I will survive for my husband, our families, our friends, and what this country stands for.  I’m an army wife… it’s what I do.