Sometimes you find a friend that sticks around for 5 minutes. Sometimes you find a friend that will tell you they have your back until you realize they’re the one that stabbed you. Not often enough in life we find that one friend. That one that no matter how much time or distance life has put between the two of you, they still manage to be there when you need them the most.
The words United States Marine has entirely different meaning to actual Marines. We don’t see them like they see each other. We don’t even understand them. They are brothers. Life through some pretty great things at them and then it decided to throw some pretty shitty things at them but no matter the time, place, or distance that band of brothers are there.
My husband and his best friend are those “life brothers”. Ya know, the kind of brother that your parents didn’t give you but your life did.
A few weeks ago, my husband injured his knee. It put him out of work and on crutches. There wasn’t much he could do other than sit around and put a butt dent in my couch. He sat there forEVER! As the days went on, he got angry. Then sad. Then angry, again. I was at a loss. The longer he sits around the quicker the memories take hold of him. The PTSD was raging a war with my love again and I couldn’t watch it anymore. I had to do something.
I knew just what to do. It was spare of the moment but I reached out to his friends wife and she suggested trying to convince him to take a trip to visit them. It was definitely a doable trip, but getting the husband off the couch was going to be the hard part.
As soon as I mentioned his name, He was ready to go. That trip was the answer to my prayers. It was like they hadn’t gone a day without seeing one another. It actually had been nearly four years. My husband needed that. He needed the friend that knew what he was going through. The one who had been standing beside him during those shitty times.
We are back at home and it is like he’s a new man. The battery is fully charged again. He’s happy. I cannot thank those two enough for inviting us into their home and being there when he was needing them. You may not think you’ve done anything but this isn’t the first time you’ve saved him.
“USMC Veterans Day” by PraetoriusLexicus @ DeviantArt
Yay!! Success!! No one yelled or threw food or tried to kill each other. Okay, that’s a lie… the 2 brothers and sister yelled, threw food, and may have appeared to be killing each other. All in all it was a great time!
I really enjoyed having some slight adult conversation while the kids occupied each other. Kim and I chatted while our husbands stuffed their faces with desserts. We may have done that too but that’s beside the point. Then we finally had to get down to business. The issue at hand.
Murph, lately is wanting to act like a teenager girl “that just had her phone taken away.” Direct quote from Justin (Stepdad). It’s definitely accurate. We sat him down and had a nice little heart to heart. Working together pays off. The four of us get to express our concerns to each other and we had a great opportunity for all of us to talk specifically to Murph.
Stepping up, swallowing our pride, being bigger people. I can’t stress enough how taking that first step to actually getting to know one another was the greatest decision we’ve ever made, regarding our family. Josh and I had dinner with our two best friends last night. 🙂 Weird right? Who here still thinks I’m a nut??
Hey ya’ll! Do you remember me mentioning something in a previous post about getting your entire blended brood together for a family dinner? That was just a suggestion at the time. We have done many things together, birthday parties, school functions, etc. Never a family dinner, just the 7 of us. I took my own advice and the Birth Giver and I decided that we would make it “a thing” maybe every month! So, TONIGHT is the night. First of many family dinners. I can’t wait to report back to all of you on how it went. We may even play a game called “Who is gonna knock BabyDaddy out first?” Not gonna lie, I may win! 😉 Stay tuned, folks!
Happy Valentines’ Day, Ya’ll! I hope all of you and your loved ones are having a wonderful day. I just wanted to take a few seconds to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you that have visited my blog, posted comments, likes, follows, all that good stuff! THANK YOU! All of you through facebook, twitter, instagram, and whereever else you may be finding me, have truly been awesome. A few weeks ago I was so nervous about starting this blog and writing down my feelings and stories that I nearly gave up before I had written the first word. I’m so glad that I didnt. In just a few short weeks I’ve had over 200 site visitors and nearly 500 views! It may not seem like much, but to someone who thought she was going to be talking to the air, this is huge! I’m very lucky to have so much support from my husband, family, and friends. I can’t say thank you enough and I look forward to giving you more great reads in the future.
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Again, thank you all so very much! Keep a look out for a new post coming Monday! I’m pretty excited about this one.
Have an awesome day, ya’ll!