Registered: March 2006
I've been working on this album for about three years off and on. I really hope to finish it one day. I thought I'd share the layouts I have made with SP kits.
Journaling reads: What makes a woman an Army wife? It’s very simple. She marries a soldier serving in the U.S. Army. I became an Army wife on July 8, 1967. Then, in March of 1990, my status changed to being the wife of LTC Walter M. Morton, Retired. The 23 years in between contain the stories, the separations, the assignments, the moves, the birth of four children, the schools, the friendships, the challenges, the stuff of life. An Army wife has to be resilient, tenacious, independent, flexible, strong, and courageous as well as have the ability to easily cope with change, handle “alone” well, and function often as a single parent. An Army Wife has the courage to watch her husband march into battle and the strength to survive until he returns. We know first-hand that freedom isn’t free. We hold our families together as we move from place to place, instilling in our children the knowledge and belief that home is togetherness, not just a place that you live. We learn to measure time by tours – first post-marriage duty station at Hunter Army Airfield,; children born at Fort Sill, Fort Hood, and Fort Rucker; promoted at Fort Rucker, Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Sill, Fort Monroe, and Fort Hood; and retired at Fort Hood. We look for the good in every place we live, we get involved in each military community we become part of, we encourage our children to make friends quickly, and we do the same. Our children have no one specific place to call home, the place they can tell others they hail from. But they, too, become resilient, independent, flexible, and they adapt to change readily and make friends easily. And those are talents that will serve them well. More than any other women on earth, military wives have heroes – their husbands. Mine selflessly served his country for 24 years. He endured separations, braved two tours in Vietnam, and spent weeks on end stationed on U.S. soil where he never saw his children during waking hours. And, to him, the
greatest sacrifice he made was the times not spent with his family.What better way can I define a hero other than to say, he would do it all over again in service to our nation. And so would I.