honor, courage and commitment

one area of my life that i feel could reach others is that fact that i am a military wife! well, not technically...more like a military girlfriend-turned-wife..but who's counting? my husband is no longer active or overseas, but once a Marine, always a Marine...am i right?

i can relate to those thousands and thousands of wives out there, who have no idea when or IF they will ever see their man again. they keep their cell phone glued to their hand at all times of the day and night, anxiously waiting for a call that typically only lasts a few minutes, but gives them the strength to keep functioning the rest of the week. and then, being reunited after a year, they remain strong, continuing to pick up the pieces of a man that may look the same, but has seen and heard and experienced an incredible amount of pain. something inside of him is different. he flinches at certain noises. he has a hard time with war scenes. his dreams are filled with images of war, that he has to re-live every night as he sleeps. he is forever changed. those wives will never fully understand, but they are left with the most important jobs. listening. loving. supporting.

i can relate to those wives...i am one of those wives.

while much of this blog will be about daily life news, (kids, homes, friendships..) sometimes my life involves post traumatic stress disorder, shrapnel wounds or unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. thankfully, brandon and i have a wonderful support system with our friends and family, and ultimately rely on God with any struggles we come across. my hope for this blog is that i could speak to many women who may find themselves in similar circumstances.

and can i just say what an honor it is to boast that MY husband fought for our freedom? i am proud to say that he's mine...war wounds and all:)

hope this post wasn't too much of a downer, but more like a peek into my life.
thanks for listening...


  1. Amen. God bless you both.

  2. A HUGE thank you to Brandon for serving and a huge hug across technology airwaves to you for loving and supporting him as he deals with the aftermath of serving during active war time. I so agree with your momma....God bless you both! Love you both immensely! I had no problem remembering to send up the prayers while he was away from us serving, but have just realized from reading your post, that those prayers need to keep being sent up! Thank you for that reminder. XXXOOO

  3. We, too, are thankful for Brandon's service and the service of many other military families. We'll pray that you continue to strengthen your marriage through the joys and the sorrows.

  4. I too am greatful for the service and sacrific Brandon gave up for all of us. As his Mother, I spent many hours on my knees praying for his safe return home and continue praying for the difficult stuggles that he and you now face.But as I see you both grow together, I see the incredible amount of love you both have for each other and now for your daughter. I remember the words Brandon wrote me as he was on the border of Iraq, watching Shock and Awe, "God has big plans for my life, Mom, I am going to be fine." God bless you both. Thanks for all you do Maggie, Love Jenny

  5. Maggie -- a wonderful post and a great reminder of the love and support our servicemen and women and their families need not only while they are gone serving, but when they are home serving their families and communities in different ways. I've always had a special fondness for you and Brandon and I feel honored to have gotten to know BOTH of you. Stay strong!! ~Amy P.S. I think you have a great knack for writing. All of your posts are great ( :

  6. i love you maggie so much. there is no other girl that i would have picked for my big brother. thank you for working together towards christ. you are a great example of a true marriage. -for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. thank you for the love that you give to him and to me.