Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Army Marriage

Hubby finally came home late Saturday night and promptly left again at 3am on Monday morning. He’s supposed to come home tonight, long after I fall asleep. This ends the field training, thank goodness, but I’ll loose him again soon when the Army takes him to LA for 3.5 weeks (and no, not the fun city, the humid, swampy state, bleh.)

Albeit a short amount of time I’ll have him back, I made some fun lotto cards that I saw on this blog, to give hubby when he gets home. We’re not having much luck with the Powerball, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be happy with my home made scratch off version! The blogger I got the idea from has way too much time on her hands and is so creative it’s sickening. I spent all afternoon browsing, taking notes, and stealing her cute ideas. Thanks :) ! Check her out for some super creative and charming ideas to brighten your hubby’s/boyfriend’s/fiancé’s day!

Before my return to single-wife living, hubby and I are going to St. Louis for the weekend. Get this, we’re going to a 1940’s/WWII era themed wedding and reception! How cool is that going to be, right? (*I* totally would never do it, but it’s freakin’ awesome that they are!) I’ve got a super cute dress and hubby has a WWII uniform. I’ll post pictures upon our reentering the 2000’s

Speaking of weddings, I want to share with you the Army Wedding Vows. Not the ones we read at our wedding, but perhaps we should have. They’re pretty accurate…. Enjoy!

Army Wedding Vows

Dear family and friends, we are gathered here today in the sight of God and the Department of the Army, to witness this exchange of vows, and see the love that these two dedicated, loving people have for one another.

"Wilt thou, __________, take ___________ (who will now be referred to as the "dependent"), as your family member, to dwell together in so far as the Department of the Army will permit?

"Wilt thou love her, comfort her, via the postal service or over the phone, make sure she knows where the commissary, PX, and church are, and what time she is scheduled to use the laundry room the day she arrives, wherever you are stationed?"

"Wilt thou attempt to tell her more than 24 hours in advance that you will be leaving for two weeks, beginning the next morning? This especially applies to the years you will live in a foreign country!

"Wilt thou ____________ , take this soldier as thy wedded husband, knowing that he is depending upon you to be the perfect (well almost) Army wife, running the household as you see fit, and being nice to the commander's wife? Furthermore, you understand that your life with your husband (little that you may have together) will not be normal, that you may have to explain to your children, not once, but twice, and more often in the same day, that mothers do have husbands, and that children do have daddy's, and that the picture of the man on the refrigerator is not the milkman, but the same individual who tucks them in at 2200 hours, long after they are asleep. This soldier is their daddy, who loves them very, very much.

"Wilt thou love, respect and wait for him, preparing his favorite cookies and pictures of yourself and the kids, so he can remember what you look like? And last but not least, put on the outside of your door his "Welcome home" sign when he's due to arrive?

"I, ____, take thee ____, as my independent wife, from 1900 to 2200 hours or as long as allowed by my Commanding Officer (subject to change without notice), for better or worse, earlier or later, near or far, and I promise to look at the pictures you send me, maybe not when they get to me in the field, but before I turn the lights out. I will also send a letter, if time permits, and if not, to somehow, some way, make the time.

"I, _________, take thee _________ as my live-in/live-out husband, realizing that your comings and goings and 0330 staff meetings are normal (although absurd to me) and part of your life as a soldier. I promise not to be shocked or taken by surprise when you inform me that, although we've just arrived at our new duty station, we will be leaving within the month. Yes, I'll have you as my husband as long as while you are away, my allotment comes through regularly, and that you leave me a current power of attorney and the checkbook at all times. I am a family member and proud of it, dependent upon myself and my resources. Although I miss you when you are away, I know I can handle whatever comes across my path.

"Now then, let no man or woman put us under what God and the Department of the Army have brought together. The Army hereby issues you this lovely, dedicated, independent woman, knowing that she'll be an asset not only to your marriage, but also to the mission of the United States Army, which is, as you all know, to remain in a state of "Readiness." By the authority vested in the Bible, elaborated in the regulation and subject to current directives concerning the aspects of marriage in the Army, you are now a Soldier with a Family Member. Best Wishes and good Luck."

1 comment:

  1. Funny! But what's a PX? I grew up in an air force household, and we had a BX. I don't know what a PX is.

    I used to like to salute to the guards on base. My mom always thought it was cute. I did it once while in the car with my dad, and he said I was not to salute b/c I was a civilian. hmph! So I just did it when he wasn't around. :-)


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