Endings ARE sad, and the thought of ending the blog that started it all is very, very sad to me. But. The simple fact of the matter is, I'm not an Army wife anymore.
When I started this blog, I was a brand spankin' new Army wife. I had only been married to my soldier for two months when he left for Iraq, which was the day I began writing. And my GOD was it scary.
I poured my heart and soul into One Army Wife's Tale as you all watched me fumble through those wretched early weeks of my husband's first deployment.
I kept it real about the struggles we faced with reintegration and maintaining a long distance relationship after he came back from Iraq, but was still stationed in Texas, a good 1,200 miles from our home in Michigan.
I bared all about how wonderful (yet difficult) it was to finally have him home with us for good after he was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 2012- our battles with the VA (which are still ongoing, by the way), watching him feel conflicted over being home while his brothers in arms deployed again, adjusting to actually living under the same roof.
If it happened in my life, you heard about it. And while I've heard from hundreds (thousands? maybe...) of military spouses over the past few years about how cathartic my blog has been for them, it has been the best therapy in the world for me.
I honestly don't know how I would have survived my life as an Army wife without the online community that formed around me during my darkest days.
Oh, and did I mention, my silly little blog is now a mother truckin' book?! Lifelong dream = accomplished. The opportunities and experiences I've been blessed with in the past three years, none of which would have been possible without One Army Wife's Tale, are immeasurable.
And so it is with a very, very heavy heart that I bid you all adieu. Why? Well, like I said...I'm not an Army wife anymore. My husband is a disabled veteran who will probably spend the rest of his life jumping through hoops with the VA- but our day to day life has very little to do with the military anymore. We're more and more removed from that world every day.
I will continue to write for the Army Wife Network's Loving a Soldier blog on a monthly basis (as long as they will have me,) and my website, www.jenncarpenter.com, will remain active. But I do believe, after an absolutely insane few years, that this Army wife's tale has officially reached its end.
The love and appreciation I have for everyone who has supported me during this journey cannot be put into words, so I'll simply say this- THANK YOU for helping me make it through "the middle." It really is what mattered the most. I love you all.
(Check out the Army Wife Network's Featured Blogs for your One Army Wife's Tale replacement!)