January 19, 2016 by Carrie Blair
Well, I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a little bit now. I should have after I got married, but I was on a job hunt and never got around to it. So here I am now!
I want to start this blog in order to keep track of our life as well as to help others navigate military life, dog parenting, and anything else that may be thrown our way.
Our (my husband and I) life is such a whirlwind and it continually feels like as one thing gets accomplished, there are 3 more added to the “to-do” list. And when I start to feel like life is slowing down, my husband gets deployment papers. Needless to say, there is never a dull day at our house.
2015 was a big year for us. We got married on April 4 – the absolute most magical day of my life. Atticus then left for Ranger School on April 19 where he would remain for 3 months (leaving us out of contact except for a 2 minute phone call every 3 weeks and hand-written letters that were 2-3 weeks backed up so no real conversation could happen). On May 24 I picked up my baby girl, Magnolia. She’s a Bernese Mountain Dog mixed with a Poodle (Bernedoodle!). She is the most adorable dog with the biggest personality. She brings me joy every single day and I’m so thankful that A convinced me to get her before he left. She was born on April 2, and I truly believe God brought her to us. Shortly after, I got a new job working from home so that we could live together once he graduated from RS. I moved myself from Atlanta to Fort Benning while he was gone. He finally graduated on July 10 and we were able to go on our “Honeymoon” for a couple days since he had that weekend off. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he slept about 16 of the 24 hours a day while we were in Key West – just trying to catch up from the 45 minutes of sleep he got each night over the past 3 months at RS. Probably not the best time to go on a Honeymoon, but when you’re military there isn’t an ideal time for anything – so you take what you’re given. Well, after our honeymoon it was time for A to start yet another military school except this time he was able to come home at night (woooo hoooo!). After 3 weeks at Airborne school, we were given PCS orders for Colorado Springs, CO. I quickly found us a house and we scrambled around to get our stuff packed in a few days and we were off on our first cross-country move. Let me tell you, moving across the country is exhausting and EXPENSIVE. We moved into our adorable townhouse on Thursday, August 27, and A started work on Friday. Not only did he start work, but he started pre-deployment training which includes many weeks/months out in the field. So let me tell you, 2015 brought the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. And to be honest, I haven’t really been looking forward to 2016. In February, A leaves for Afghanistan – enough said. In 2016, the only holiday I will get to celebrate with him is Valentine’s Day. I don’t mean to sound depressing, but New Year’s Eve was not really a great celebration for the new year – and I’m already praying for God to make this year fly by.
With that said, God has been so faithful to us over this past year. He worked out a new job for me (that I LOVE!), he found us Magnolia, he worked out the most perfect house in COS, and I see Him shaping my heart to love my husband every day. Marriage is HARD and we could not do it without God. We are so thankful that we have a God that teaches us grace and love daily. There are some hard days when I have to say out loud, ‘God is still God and God is still good.’ but there are some days when I smile and thank God for being so good to us. You can hardly look out our window and not be reminded of how powerful and almighty our God is. Living on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains is incredible (more photos to come).
Well, more to come as life continues to hit us in the face. And next time I promise to be more descriptive and word vomit less. Hah.