Friday, July 2, 2010

I just thought I would share this to show my gratitude for all of the military spouses. It is such a difficult thing being away from you companion and best friend, leave alone worrying and wondering about their safety.

LETTER TO A MILITARY SPOUSE:
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 so.
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.

And 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 shoes.

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 America.

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 deployment.

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 you.

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 forgotten.

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)

Monday, March 8, 2010

It is so crazy to me, that sometimes in our we don't understand our trials, and why things happen the way they do. Until one day we look back and realize the opportunities those hardest moments and darkest hours open up in our lives.  As I look back at what Tye and I have gone through, and thank our Heavenly Father for those trials and where they have gotten us today. I know that if Tye had not had the these specific trials in his life, he wouldn't have been in certain situations to share, to be an example to people who may of never opened their hearts to just the simple knowledge of a Father in Heaven who loves them. Although I know that it has been extremely difficult for Tye, his mission is different than others. I am so proud of him, and even in his hardest moments he opens his heart to our loving Heavenly Father and is able to bless so many.  God has a plan for each of us, and individual plan. Sometimes our missions are not clear, but if we cling to our Father in Heaven we will be able to make it through anything placed in our way.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Introducing...........

Baby Giles #2


This little bundle of joy is scheduled to arrive Sept. 23, 2010. We are really excited for this little one to join our family. Although we've been wanting another baby for awhile, we were suprised that it finally happened. Our Heavenly Father has his own timing and it truly couldn't be better timing. Even though I have been sick it has really helped all of us have something exciting to keep our minds off of missing each other so much. Oaklee is soo excited to be a BIG SISTER! Ever since she saw an episode of Calliou she has been wanting soo bad to be a big brother. We had to convince her that she couldn't be a big brother but she could however be a big sister. I had a feeling that something wasn't quite right the day after Tye left. I didn't know when I would be able to talk to him again so I went to the store and hesitantly bought a pregnancy test. (I didn't want to jinx anything.) After finally getting to talk to Tye I hurried and took the test, just in case I needed to tell Tye the news. When a positive popped up, I hurried and sent him a picture of the test. He was in TOTAL shock, but so happy. (He is way more baby hungry than me!) We decided we would wait to tell everyone, however.... in the mist of all this Oaklee walks into the bathroom and started asking a lot of questions, so we told her, and that it was a secret. She was soo excited. Later on that night my brother Adam missed Oak so he asked if she could come over. When he and his girlfriend brought her back he gave me that look... like he knew. If you tell Adam so juicy new you know he is going to have the hardest time keeping his mouth shut. Then after pulling him aside he tells me what Oaklee had told him. She said "Adam I have a secret, but you can't tell nobody, you can't tell grandma, papa, Cindy (the dog) Koda (adams dog), well you can tell Cindy and Koda. She then proceeded, My mom peeed on that thermometer and it says, My mommy is having a baby." So then after Adam left I ask her in a very sweet tone, Oaklee did you tell anyone our secret? She says very confidently "Yes, I told Adam and Ashley. Then as my expression turned stern, she covers my face and say in a very reasuring voice "No, mommy its Ok it is there secret too." I couldn't be mad at that poor little three year old. After that she did really well at not telling anyone, until she came to me and said, "Mommy, I don't want it to be a secret anymore." So we decided together to tell everyone. Meanwhile little did I know that Tye, bless his heart, had called is Grandma and Grandpa Giles first thing, and let them know. They are so proud to be great-grandparents again. We are so happy and feel so blessed to be able to be parents to this precious lil one, and the wonderful little girl already in our lives.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Well, I know an update is long overdue, but what can I say our lives have been CRAZY. I finished my finals right before my sister's came for Christmas. Thanks Tye for being patient with me as the cleaning and laundry went undone. But the good news is that I got 3 A's and a B! Not bad for my first semester back. Then as I previously mentioned my three sisters came into town for Christmas, and I loved it. This holiday season brought so much joy, and I am so very thankful for the time that I was able to spend with those I love most. After my family left we went and spent some time up at the cabin with Tye's family. We had so much fun going snowmobiling as a family (Oaklee loved it!) Then when we got home it was time to start packing to move out of our house. As Tye was preparing to leave we tried to spend as much time as possible together. I really do appreciate this special time together. Tye is such a special loving person. He is so caring for Oaklee and I, and I'm so proud of him and all that he is working to accomplish. Tye left for Ft. Benning last monday, and we miss him so much! In the short 5 min phone calls he says he is doing well. I hope that I can talk to him soon because we miss him sooo much. Now that Tye is gone, Oaklee and I are staying with my parents...and I'm not going to lie, I love it! This semester I decided to not go to school, and spend some quality time with Oaklee as her daddy is gone, and I don't regret it at all. I love that little girl so much! She is growing up so fast and I know I will never get this time back with her. Although I do hope to finish school, there is no hurry, it can wait, unfortunately
Oaklee growing up won't slow down or wait until im ready. I am so greatful that my husband is able to provide the opportunity to be at home and be a mom and a wife, really this is my ultimate dream job!!