A Moment to be Proud

first military event

first military event

I remember, when B and I went to Colorado for him to commission his younger twin brothers, feeling a little jealous of the two girlfriends (now both wives) who got to be there for the event. I remember taking pictures and feeling a longing to have been there when B had taken his initial oath. Trust me, I revel in the fact that I’m the one with him now, but there is a part of me that will always be a touch sad to have not been here from the beginning.

the whole family.

the whole family.

Back in January, my awesome father-in-law sent us a DVD of all of the family yearly videos that he had put together since 2004. Including two videos dedicated solely to Brian’s commissioning and graduation. Pictures that prominently featured his ex.

formal night out

formal night out

We have plenty of pictures of us with him in uniform, but it’s always been for formal nights, weddings, or graduations. I’ve never gotten to have a part in his military career. Besides baking cookies for his airmen. Normally, I’m okay with staying in the background, that’s my place as a military spouse. But I began to realize that it was important to me to be able to participate in his promotion ceremony.



So I did something that I’m not fond of doing, I asked him to do this ceremony for me. He’s not big on pomp and circumstance. He’s not big on celebrating something that he achieved by “continuing to breathe.” But he knew that it was important to me.

taking the oath.

taking the oath.

I can’t really explain how much this meant to me. I’ve heard him administer the oath, but it is different to hear him take it on again. To be there just to support him as an airman and officer.

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pinning on.

This meant the world to me. I’m somewhat sad that his smile is the only one captured here. Because mine was megawatt bright. It’s a tiny little thing, this pinning on, but it carries the with it the weight of supporting my airman through all of the ups and downs of military life.

SAM_2874I am so proud of him. Proud of us. Proud of where we’ve come from and where we’ll go. Together, the stars are not out of reach.

~The Countess~


About texancountess

I find myself in the calming roar of the sea, floating gently on the foam of the breaking waves. Blue. Green. Gray. The colors of the sea mark the boundaries of my soul. The tumbled glass finds its polish under the relentless pounding of the waves upon the shore. Thus am I. Rough transitioning to polish, refinement ever a process, finding my niche in the storms of life.
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One Response to A Moment to be Proud

  1. Army Amy says:

    Huge congrats to your hubby! Even with a small ceremony, it doesn’t feel small to those of us that know how hard our soldiers work to earn it. I’m glad you could be there to pin him.

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