Monday’s Mom–All Military Wives/Moms

Posted By on Jul 2, 2012 | 12 comments


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By Christy Mactavish

There is no doubt this week is a time for us to celebrate Fourth of July, Independence Day, our Country’s Birthday! But I would also like to pay tribute to the women, who for centuries have carried the tremendous task of keeping families safe and running smoothly back at home while husbands/fathers are deployed.  That’s why today I dedicate Monday’s Mom to all the military wives/moms.  I pray today we can celebrate, encourage, and show our appreciation for all who care for the little ones who wait, sometimes to no avail, for their daddys’ coming home.

I have had the blessing of meeting some of the most amazing women whose husbands serve in different branches of our military, and I am taken aback by the strength and perseverance these women hold.  Below is a wonderful poem I discovered on the web that describes them better than I ever could, and while the author is unknown, I think it could be written only by one who knows.  So I give credit to all military wives and moms who have, and will continue to serve in a very unique way.  Thank you for all YOU do for our country.

When God Created the Military Wife
Author Unknown

The good Lord was creating a model

for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared.

 She said, “Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one.

 What’s the matter with the standard model?”

The Lord replied, “Have you seen the specs on this order?

 She has to be completely independent,

possess the qualities of both father and mother,

be a perfect hostess to four or forty with an hour’s notice,

run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual,

be able to carry on cheerfully,

even if she’s pregnant and has the flu,

and she must be willing to move 10 times in 17 years.

 And oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head.

“Six pairs of hands? No way!”

The Lord continued, “Don’t worry, we shall make other military wives to help her.

 And we will give her an unusually strong heart,

so it can swell with pride in her husband’s achievements,

sustain the pain of separations,

beat soundly when it’s over-worked and tired,

and be large enough to say ‘I understand,’ when she does not,

and say ‘I love you,’ regardless.”

The angel circled the model of the military wife,

looked at it closely and sighed,

“It looks fine, but it’s too soft.”

“She might look soft,” replied the Lord,

“but she has the strength of a lion.

 You would not believe what she can endure.”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord’s creation.

 “There’s a leak,” she announced.

“Something is wrong with the construction.

I am not surprised that it has cracked.

You are trying to put too much into this model.”

The Lord appeared offended at the angel’s lack of confidence.

What you see is not a leak,” he said.  “It’s a tear.”

“A tear? What is it there for?” asked the angel.

The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride,

and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear.”

“You are a genius!” exclaimed the angel.

The Lord looked puzzled and replied,

 “I didn’t put it there.”

Lord, 
You are an awesome mighty God; Creator of all things.  Thank you for all of the moms who carry so many burdens on their shoulders.  I pray that each and every one will know that your love and strength is there for the taking, and that they are more than conquerors through you who love them….Neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate them from your love. (Romans 8:37-39)  May they know they are appreciated for their sacrifices.
Amen. 

 

Please take a moment to say thank you to our military wives/moms in the comments section.

This post is linked to The Better Mom and NOBH.

12 Comments

  1. Beautiful post! I’m thinking of a Navy wife neighbor who’s welcoming her husband home today after a YEAR’s deployment to Afghanistan. She really has exemplified this poem! Happy Independence Day to you, and thanks for recognizing the military wives out there!

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    • Praying for your friend, her husband, and their transition home! So incredibly thankful…
      Thank YOU!
      Happy Independence Day to you, too! :)
      Love and God Bless,
      Christy

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  2. I am not a military wife or mom, but I love this! They are a very special type of woman to handle all that God has given to them. I am truly inspired by their courage. Hopping from the Better Mom.

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    • Mindy–I’m with you. My husband served in the Navy before we ever knew each other, so I’m not a military wife or mom either, but I have so much respect for those wives/moms I do know, and I’m always in awe of their selfless attitude. I’ve heard so many say, “You do what you have to do…” Well, this is our way of saying, thank you to them for doing what they do. Thank you for stopping by from the Better Mom! Come again!
      Love and God Bless,
      Christy

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  3. My husband was in the navy for 20 years. He made at least 6 cruises – two to Vietnam. He left on his second cruise to Vietnam when I was pregnant with our first child. He met her when she was six months old. He and his pilot had their jet damaged by enemy fire and made it back to the carrier “on a wing and a prayer”, men were lost during cruises from the squadrons – hard times, YES, but I would do it again as would my husband. He served his country with pride. We wives did what we had to do. We encouraged and loved our husbands from afar, waiting for news of any kind (no email, no cell phones). Letters coming or going sometimes took weeks. Opening a mailbox only to find it empty of the one letter we wanted to see and read was heartbreaking. But we carried on, keeping the home fires burning, raising children, mowing the lawn, fixing the washer etc etc etc. Most of all helping each other cope with living! We did it with pride. Thank you for posting the poem – it says it all!

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    • Sandy,
      I am completely humbled by both you and your husband’s service to our country. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is an honor for us to celebrate you today and say, THANK YOU.
      Love and God Bless,
      Christy

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  4. This was just lovely, thanks for sharing it. My daughter and her 4 girls lived with us for 18 months while her husband served in Iraq. She is a true hero to me.
    Hugs for this one!

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    • Oh, LeAnn! She is a hero to me, too. Please thank her and her husband for their service and sacrifices!
      So glad to see you again. :)
      Love and God Bless,
      Christy

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  5. It’s hard to type when you’re crying, but I seem to do that a lot when I read your posts! What a wonderful tribute to the unheralded angels of the military world. From the mom of one of those soldiers, thank you for this tribute! Blessings to you on this fabulous Forth of July!

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  6. Oh, Diane! Blessings to you, too, on this beautiful day! Please know that I and many others are extremely grateful for your son’s service, as well as yours!
    Love you, dearly! :)
    Christy

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  7. I love this. I am a Navy Mom..For the past 6 years..Right out of high sohool. My only son got his calling after 9/11…It’s not easy.When there deployed.But the pride you feel inside..OMG feels your heart..To know god gave you this gift called your child..God Bless Us All..They say God puts no more on you than you can bear.Its amazing what faith can get you thur..With his help..

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    • Karen,
      Thank you so much for your son’s service, and yours. Words cannot fully express the extent of my gratitude that your son is following God’s calling for him. I am so thankful this post may have given at least a little bit of credit to those like you who serve our country right here at home.
      Love and God Bless,
      Christy

      (PS–My husband was also Navy, although it was before we had ever met…)

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