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Amber from Goodnight Moon is a Marine brat turned Marine wife and a stay at home mom of 4 children. Goodnight Moon follows their journey in the USMC.
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Who is the serving member in your family? My husband, aka Fox.
How long has your family been apart of the military? I’ve been apart of the military my entire life. I was born a Marine Brat, so it was no surprise to my parents when I married a Marine. Fox has been in the USMC for 16 1/2yrs.
What does it mean to you to be a military family? It means everything to me, because it is all that I’ve ever known. The military has shaped myself and now my children into who they are and who they will become. Being a military family also means that as a wife or child, you have to make a lot of sacrifices. We go days, weeks, months and sometimes years without seeing our husband or father. We have to understand and accept the absence of our loved one and all the special moments and events that he will miss during our time apart and embrace our time that we do have together and make the best of it.
What do you wish the public knew about military families? Gosh that is a good question. I think that most people think that being in the military is somewhat of a “cushion” lifestyle, but the reality of it, it is anything but. The military works 24/7 365 days. The days, weeks, months and even years start running into one another. To me, it means a lot when I hear a stranger tell us, “thank you for your service”. Not only to hear that for my husband, but also to me. Being a military wife means that we not only are the mother, but we also have to play the father role the majority of the year. So hearing “thank you for your service” also means that they are thanking me for taking care of the homefront so that Fox can do his job without any worries from home.
What is the hardest part of being a military family? The hardest part would have to be the deployments and for SO many reasons. If you’ve been through one, then you get it. Your on a constant roller coaster of emotions the entire time they are deployed. Your heart is always aching for them, but most importantly, you are always praying for their safety.
What is the best part of being a military family? The best part of being in the military is being able to move ALL around the world. Being able to move to countries or cities that you would never otherwise move to and also being able to meet people that come into your life for a reason.
Any tips for other military families out there especially those new to the life? If I had to give any advice to other military families, I would just tell them to embrace this lifestyle while your in it. Living this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but being able to embrace it and accept the hardships, will make you a stronger person. Sometimes you may feel weak and all alone, but the good thing about being in the military is being surrounded by other amazing people who are all going through the same thing as you.